Early Years Update 09/06/2021

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In today's update:


Early Years Weekly Attendance Survey – Please action on Wednesday 9th June 2021

Please use the link below to submit your data: the information is then collated and submitted to the Department for Education for Cumbria.

Attendance Survey

Thank you for your continued support in providing Early Years fortnightly attendance information.


Updated guidance for out of school clubs

The guidance document ‘Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ has been updated. As a result we have updated the setting risk assessment document to reflect these changes. Please see the last section for the updated OOSC risk assessment.

Updated Risk Assessment for OOSC


Changes to childminder testing process

Following feedback on the registration and uploading process since March, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Test and Trace have been working to identify ways to make it easier for childminders to identify their profession when recording results on the NHS Covid-19 test results portal.

The changes came into effect from 2 June. Instructions on how childminders can access testing kits remains unchanged and can be found on the gov.uk webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/asymptomatic-testing-early-years-staff-in-different-settings/rapid-asymptomatic-coronavirus-covid-19-testing-in-early-years-settings#childminders-and-wraparound-childcare-providers


Revised EYFS Professional Development Opportunities

Please look out for the Revised EYFS briefing paper issue 6 that went out to settings yesterday (8th June) with a focus on Mathematics. Also look out for issue 7 on assessment which will go out tomorrow (10th June). Remember that the briefings are also available on our website.

Early Years Foundation Stage 2021


NDNA Maths Champions Programme

The NDNA are launching a Maths Champions programme which is currently under pilot testing and a full trial and evaluation of the programme will be starting in September 2021. They are recruiting 138 settings from PVI, maintained or school based early years provision who, if eligible, will take part in the study on a first come first served basis.  The link here gives an overview of the programme and what is involved as well as the eligibility criteria. Settings interested in taking part can complete the expression of interest form here.  The NDNA will also be running a drop in information session on June 17th at 4pm on Zoom for anyone who wishes to find out more and there will be a last opportunity to apply should any places remain.  For any further information, to ask questions, or to book onto the information session please email MCstudy@ndna.org.uk


T level qualification update

Employers will be able to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every Education and Childcare T Level student they host on an industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme launched by the Department for Education.

The incentive fund is designed to offer support to employers impacted by the pandemic, to ensure that they can continue to host placements. Employers will be able to claim for up to 20 students for the available T Level subject areas from 27 May 2021 until July 2022.

More information is available here


Home Learning

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'Teddy Bears’ Picnic’. Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

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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