Early Years update - 5.5.21

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Early Years Weekly Attendance Survey

Thank you for your continued support with the submission of weekly attendance information.

The DfE have decided to move to fortnightly collections. There will be no data collection this week, the next collection will be on Wednesday 12 May.

We will include a reminder in this update when it is next required.

The DfE will continue to review the need for the data collections.

Early Years Provider Survey - IMPORTANT

We are writing to ask you to tell us about your experiences since the majority of children returned to your provision, we would value your opinions on a number of topics, including: child development - emerging needs, CPD, childcare sufficiency and the Early Years workforce.

It is our aim that we will collate the results and share them with you at a later date.

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey by the end of the day Thursday 20th May 2021 using the link below:

Early Years Provider Survey

Thank you in advance for completing the survey.

Public Health Update

We are pleased to share that, for the first time since September, yesterday there were no educational settings in Cumbria with a current Incident, Outbreak or being monitored by the Public Health Education team.  This is great news for educational settings within the region and the Team will continue to pro-actively contact settings to offer guidance and support. Thank you for all your hard work which has enabled us to reach this point, whilst remaining vigilant at all times.

New online system launched for PVI settings to reorder Covid test kits

The Department for Education has announced that the process for obtaining lateral flow test kits is changing. All PVI pre-schools and nurseries will automatically receive a delivery of test kits on Thursday 6 May, Friday 7 May or Monday 10 May, which should last until the end of May. However, this will be the final automatic delivery - after this settings will need to place an order to receive further test kits.

PVI nurseries and pre-schools can place orders for tests kits via the new online ordering system, which is available here

To place an order settings will need what is called a Unique Organisation Number. This is an 8-digit number that will be sent to all settings by email over the next few days and is separate to your Unique Reference Number.

If for some reason you have not received this email, you can also find your Unique Organisation Number by entering your URN and postcode here.

Reporting positive LFT results

As you are all aware, the Government recently re-introduced the need for a confirmatory PCR after receiving a positive LFT result.  Please find attached an update which includes a diagram which will hopefully make it easier for setting staff and parents to understand and follow the guidance. – Public Health Update

PVI representation on the Education Planning Group

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic a strategic group has been formed which comprises representatives across all sectors of education from early years to post-16 colleges in Cumbria. The meeting is chaired by Councillor Sue Sanderson – Portfolio Holder for Schools and Learning. The group is set to continue to meet in order to discuss key issues that effect all educational settings across Cumbria.

Peter Graveson sits on the group to represent the PVI sector. If you have any issues related to the sector that you would like him to raise, please contact Peter via peter@sunnybrowdaycare.co.uk

We would also like to invite another PVI sector representative to join the group from the North or West of the county. The meetings take place by Microsoft Teams and are weekly, usually on Wednesdays at 4pm. If you would like to discuss putting yourself forward for this important role, please contact Katie Clarke – katie.clarke@cumbria.gov.uk

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – applications for 4th grant now open

People whose self-employment remains affected by Covid-19 are now being invited to apply for the fourth grant under the government’s Self Employment Income Support scheme (SEISS). This fourth grant covers the months February, March and April and will meet 80% of average profits, capped at £7,500.

Home learning

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’.   Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share – Chat Play Share - Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

For a range of fun activity ideas, please share What Can I Do This Week? Remember that the activities contained in this communication are for the week starting next Monday.

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Safer sleep training

The Lullaby Trust are pleased to announce two webinar training packages  - SIDS and safer sleep for babies and Having opportunistic conversations: Talking with families about safer sleep. These training packages are for professionals and practitioners who work closely with or come into contact with anyone caring for a baby or very young child.

The two webinar options you can choose from will depend on whether your safer sleep discussions are part of your everyday role, or your role means that you could come into contact with families and might have an opportunity to give safer sleep information, however brief that contact is.

Both options include video content and signposting to useful information and further reading. Places are limited to 50 for the live Q&A sessions.

For more information about this training and their prices, please visit their website. Alternatively, if you have any further questions, you can contact them at Training@lullabytrust.org.uk.

Webinars to support children in your setting

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Supporting bereaved children in early years settings Thursday May 13, at 16:30-18.00

For most young children, coping with the loss of a loved one will be a challenge that they are not prepared for. For some it may be traumatic, confusing, saddening or unsettling. This webinar will offer early years workers clear and practical guidance on how they can manage the needs of children in their care who have experienced some kind of loss or bereavement. It will look at the different reactions young children may have, and explore a range of ways that you may be able to help them make sense of their feelings and experiences, and support them through what they may be going through. The webinar will also put forward practical ideas and resources that an early years setting might like to use to support them. Click here to book your free place.

Supporting children in an early years setting who may have experienced trauma Thursday June 24 at 16:30-18.00

Sadly, a large number of early years workers are likely to come across children who have experienced some kind of trauma during their work. Trauma can be caused by a range of events and experiences. Some children may have encountered neglect, abuse, or violence, and others might be dealing with the fall out from an accident, bereavement or natural disaster.

This webinar will offer early years workers clear and practical guidance on how they can manage the needs of children in their care who have experienced some kind of trauma. It will look at the different reactions young children may have, and explore a range of ways that you might be able to manage their needs, and support them as best you can within your setting.

Click here to book your free place

Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge


The next Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge (HFCP) panel meeting will be held in June. Please could workbooks be submitted to the HFCP e-mail address by Thursday 27th May to HFCPledge@cumbria.gov.uk . For further details on how to become a pledge setting please visit the website below, you can also download the workbook from there. https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/publichealth/healthyfamiliescumbriapledge.asp

Please note the workbook is an editable PDF document, you can type straight into it and the boxes expand as you type. We are really pleased to say that we now have 12 HFCP settings in Cumbria. We look forward to hearing from more of  you and reading about all the fabulous things you are doing to help our families in Cumbria to be healthy and happy.