Early Years Update - 16.6.21

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Home Learning; What can I do today? What next?

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

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It is hard to believe but we have now sent out a full year of activities for you to use with your families. We have received lots of really positive comments and there have been thousands of views on the Facebook pages. Following feedback we have decided to re-issue the activities from the beginning and send them out over the next year. We are having a short break and this will start again on 14th July ready for the parents to use during the summer holidays. If you are not able to send these out during the summer weeks perhaps you could share the CFIS Facebook link with parents and encourage them to use them? https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenandFamiliesInformationService

The activities are also shared through the Health Visitor, Speech and Language Team and Children’s Centre (CFSS 0-19) Facebook pages.

Thank you so much for your commitment to sharing these activities with parents and we hope you will continue to do so.

Latest Early Years Briefing Paper - Physical Development

Early Years briefing paper issue 8 will be sent out on Thursday. Please look out for it. The briefing paper and accompanying short webinar have a focus on Physical Development and the changes to the Early Learning Goals for this area of learning. We hope you find these briefing papers and webinars informative.

Here is the link for all of the briefing papers and webinars- Briefing papers and webinars

Please use the password to access this area of the website.

0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service

As we emerge from lockdown restrictions, it is apparent that many families are struggling and need some extra support. The 0 – 19 Child and Family Support service offer a range of activities for families with babies and young children in the early years – these may be offered through children’s centre buildings, online, community venues or even in the family home (all dependent on Covid safe risk assessment procedures of course).

Please could you ensure that you are signed up to receive information from your local provider such as newsletters and flyers on upcoming activities, which you can pass on and display for your families



Telephone number



01900 810869 o



01229 821855



01228 223417



07815 688393



07740 516 210

South Lakes


01539 734456


For families struggling financially or in other ways, there is a range of support available - https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/welfare/default.asp

Summer reading challenge 2021

Cumbria Libraries will be encouraging children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge again this year, when the theme is Wild World Heroes and will be a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. 

This annual national event, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading “dip.” Cumbria Libraries will help support and motivate thousands of children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. Signing up is free, participants just need to be a library member (which is also free!).

The Challenge is simple; children read whatever they like in their chosen format over the summer holidays to receive incentives and a certificate once they’ve completed it. They can read fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books or graphic novels.

Audiobooks and eBooks can all be used to complete the Challenge and Cumbria Libraries Borrowbox service is a great way to get free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for the Summer Reading Challenge. We’ll have a specially selected collection of books just right for Wild World Heroes!

Videos outlining the Summer Reading Challenge are also available on the Cumbria County Council YouTube channel:



The Summer Reading Challenge begins on 10 July and ends in the middle of September.

Revised EYFS - New online service for early years providers

DfE online resources for EYFS

The DfE have launched a new online service to support private, voluntary and independent early years settings and childminders to effectively implement the revised EYFS that becomes statutory from September 2021. The new service is now live on gov.uk and can be accessed here – Prepare for changes to the early years foundation stage framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Online learning opportunities

For some reflections on the use of ICT in the early years, read this blog from Marc Faulder.  A reminder that technology also includes the non-digital - what NAEYC refer to as "Tinkering, making and engineering".

BBC's Tiny Happy People have created PDF guides specially made for midwives, health visitors and Early Years practitioners. These PDF guides tie in to touch points with families and they worked with practitioners on these resources to identify the 4 best films that illustrate key messages.

New research by the Parent-Infant Foundation shows significant gaps in mental health provision for babies and toddlers.

Nasen have received funding from the DfE for 3 ‘Meeting the Needs of Every Child’ webinars which is basic SEND training for Early Years practitioners, new SENCOs and childminders. The webinars cover legislation for SEND, the graduated approach, the role of the SENCO and the Key Person, identification of SEN and relationships with parents including sensitive conversations. It is a 2 hour live online webinar and you will note 2 of the 3 times are evenings 6pm-8pm











Research into SEN focused CPD

Nasen are keen to find out what you think about the training, courses and CPD you access, focused on special educational needs. Do you like to learn online? What makes a really good course? What are your priorities for your professional development in terms of supporting children with SEN?

Practitioner perspectives of early years SEN CPD Survey

The survey is aimed at anyone working in an early years setting and is focused on SEN (special educational needs) CPD (continuing professional development). www.surveymonkey.co.uk

If you are an Early Years SENCO, nasen is keen to find out what you think about SEN focused CPD.  What do you consider to be the impact of CPD, on the practitioner and the children? They will be holding online one to one interviews in July and would love to hear from Early Years SENCOs. Each interview will be no more than 40 minutes, hosted via zoom either during the day, or in the evening. As a thank you, participants will be provided with a £15 amazon voucher for their time.

A report will be released in the Autumn and your input will help nasen shape future SEN CPD.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Dr Helen Curran on hcurran@nasen.org.uk

Public Health Updates

What can you do to stop the spread of COVID-19?

Travel safely

Get vaccinated

People aged 21 and over or those turning 21 before 1 July 2021 can now book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.


Hands, face, space, fresh air

Get tested

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable guidance update

Please find below the updated guidance on shielding for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and Pregnant employees.


Latest guidance on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

Please see updated guidance on RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013) reporting of COVID-19 below.


Chat Play Share

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'What do you suppose'.  Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share - What do you suppose

Developmental trauma - Introduction to the BUSS model

Please see the flyer below regarding some free training ‘INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSS MODEL- Live Webinar with Cumbria – Professionals.’


This is training around developmental trauma in Early Years, please see flyer for more information.

(Please ignore the cost that is on the flyer as this training is free.)

To book a place please email Laura.kendall@cumbria.gov.uk no later than Tuesday 22nd June.