Early Years Update - 03/03/2021

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Dear All,

Today's bulletin includes many updates which I hope will prove helpful including some information about the revised EYFS.

Thank you, as always, for all your hard work and commitment in these challenging times. I hope to meet many of you at the Q & A session at 6pm this evening – there is a link to the Microsoft Teams invitation at the end of this email.


Dan Barton Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Early Years Weekly Attendance Survey – Please action on Wednesday

The Department for Education have decided that we need to return to weekly collections while the current national COVID restrictions are in place.

We would like to thank you for your continued assistance with this piece of work.

Attendance Survey

'Cumbria together - have your say' survey results

Prior to Christmas, we surveyed families in Cumbria with a young child aged 0 – 5 on their experiences of 2020. They told us about some of the things that they had enjoyed such as “Quality but simple family time”. However there were also many challenging things such as worrying that their child was missing out on social activities and the effect that this would have on them.

Please find the report to partners here

The feedback report to families is here

We will be sharing the findings and our actions to address these, through our social media channels – CFIS Facebook

Early Years Foundation Stage Briefing papers

Over the coming months to prepare for the implementation of the Revised EYFS framework in September 2021 we will be providing monthly briefing papers and webinars to support your preparations.

We hope you will find these useful and we aim to –

  • Select key themes that will support the transition from one framework to another
  • Share materials and resources you will be able to use to support and review your practice and provision to meet the revised framework requirements
  • Draw on helpful information from our early adopter schools to share their learning and key points for implementation
  • Provide accessible tools, recorded webinar presentations/training that head teachers, managers, governors and staff can access to support the preparation in settings and schools

In revising the EYFS framework it was intended that the key areas for consideration and review were data, workload, curriculum, development matters and the role of assessment.

Please look out for the first important briefing which you will receive by email on Thursday 4th March.

Please follow the attached link for the Draft Early Years Foundation Stage implementation September 2021, for comment.

EYFS STAT FRAMEWORK 2018 PILOT (foundationyears.org.uk)

Home learning

This week our focus is on the rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York. Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication

Chat Play Share – The Grand Old Duke of York

For a range of fun activity ideas, please share What Can I Do This Week? Remember that the activities included in the Wednesday Communication will be for the activities beginning the Monday of the following week.

This week the theme is crayons.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Vaccination update

Please find attached a letter from the Director of Public Health to clarify the current situation for vaccinations – Letter to Early Years Settings

Lateral Flow Testing

Details of Community lateral flow testing sites are now available on the County Council website at https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/communitytestingsites.asp.  Early years colleagues and anyone who needs to leave home to go to work are welcome to attend these sites during the opening hours listed to access asymptomatic covid-19 testing.

Psychological first aid – free training to support your children’s wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on children, with many reporting that it has made them feel more stressed, lonely and worried. The Psychological First Aid course is a training resource to equip people with information to help others. Public Health England have developed this training for front line practitioners, to support the wellbeing of children from birth onwards. The online training is completely free, although there is a charge if you want to have a certificate on completion. Further information is available here 

Ofsted cancels plans to restart early years assurance inspections in March

Ofsted has announced it will not be restarting its programme of early years assurance inspections as planned.

Ofsted has confirmed that it will continue with regulatory work in the early years, stating: "This work will sometimes require on-site visits, which will be risk assessed based on the nature of the premises and the urgency of the work. As always, the safety and well-being of children is our priority and we will take urgent action where we have concerns."

The changes can be found in Ofsted's rolling update, available here.

REMINDER: Early Years Q & A session *Tonight*

We warmly invite one person per setting to attend the Q & A session this evening with our Assistant Director for Education and Skills, Dan Barton.

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – 7pm

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Updated guidance documents

The DfE has updated the Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 outbreak 

Please make note of the important changes which include use of face coverings and supporting pregnant and vulnerable staff members.

Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 23rd February)