Early Years Update - 7.7.21

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Early Years Weekly Attendance Survey – Please action on Wednesday 7th July 2021

Given the increase in the number of children not attending provision, it is particularly important that you complete this survey.

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.

COVID-19 Updated guidance

Yesterday the Education Secretary announced that there will be a more ‘proportionate’ approach to controls in education settings at the start of Step 4 of the roadmap, whilst also stressing the need to continue to work closely with local Health Protection Teams.

The latest Early Years Guidance has been updated and the latest version can be found here: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Please note that the updates will apply when we move to Step 4 (no earlier than 19th July).

This guidance removes restrictions such as keeping children in small consistent groups and wearing face coverings in communal areas. It also includes information about updating your outbreak management plan and what to do when an individual in your setting tests positive for COVID-19. At Step 4, close contacts will be identified by NHS Test and Trace. [By the autumn term, children under the age of 18 will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact.]

Healthy Families Cumbria – new Pledge awards

Helathy family pledge

We are really pleased to announce that following the panel meeting on 17th June, the following settings have been awarded the Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge:



Stone Eden Nursery School

Family Action Allerdale 0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service

Family Action Barrow 0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service

Family Action Copeland 0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service

Kiddlywinks Day Nursery

Kiddlywinks The Meadows

Little Monkeys Day Nursery

Nicole Johnson - Childminder

St Aiden’s Day Nurseries

Haverigg Nursery

Colin Cox, Director of Public Health acknowledges this achievement by saying ‘It is really positive to see Early Years providers taking this up and pledging their support despite all the challenges there have been during the past year. Well done everyone!’

Congratulations to them all. The panel members were really impressed by their commitment to supporting families to be happy and healthy especially important during these difficult times.  We now have 22 settings from across the County who have been awarded the pledge. If you are interested in becoming a pledge setting please go onto our website to find out how you can take part. The next panel meeting will be held in the autumn term. We look forward to hearing how you are supporting our early years children and their families to be happy and healthy.



SEND practitioners invited to give their views in annual SEND survey

Cumbria's SEND Partnership is inviting practitioners from across health, education, social care and the third sector to share their views

The annual SEND Practitioners survey is live.The survey is open to all practitioners across education, health, social care and the third sector who either work directly with children and young people with SEND and/or their families, or design, commission or manage services that do.

Practitioners can provide their views by completing the online questionnaire:

Cumbria SEND Improvement Programme: Practitioners Survey 2021 (surveymonkey.co.uk)

Please provide your feedback by 31st July 2021

Preparing for the revised EYFS

Early Years Briefing papers number 10 ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and number 11 ‘Emotional Literacy’ have been sent out and added onto the early years website. Please continue to share these resources with your teams. We hope that you will find these new additions very useful – an engaged and secure child is a child who will be able to learn and flourish!

The Department for Education have also provided a new website area to share resources and practical ideas to support you to understand and implement the changes to the EYFS, including a summary of the changes, links to key documents, and ideas for activities. In response to sector feedback, additional support on curriculum planning, reducing paperwork, oral health, working in partnership with parents and carers, and English as an additional language is now available.

A link to this site is available here -  DfE EYFS resources

Home learning

Chat, Play, Share

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'Little Arabella Miller '.  Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share - Little Arabella Miller

What can I do this week?

This week we are beginning to resend the What Can I do This Week? activities for children and families to access throughout the year, including during the school holidays.

If you would like to direct your families to these they will appear on a variety of Face Book pages including CFIS, a link to which can be found below.


We are starting with the first activity we sent out a year ago. This week it’s bottles.

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