Early Years Update 14/07/2021

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In today's update:

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

We are now almost at the end of term, and I am aware that some Early Years Providers will be finishing at the end of the week, with others continuing to run throughout the summer. To say it has been an unprecedented year is an understatement and I know that colleagues are reaching their limits now. I can fully understand that and I can only say thank you for the incredible work you have done. Whether you are operating term time only, or an all year round provision, I hope that every member of your team will be able to enjoy some much needed and extremely well earned rest time at some stage over the summer.

Local discussions around the response to the Government’s Road Map are ongoing and we will keep you updated with bulletins throughout the summer period. We will also be convening a meeting of the Education Planning Group later in August to review the position and ensure that education providers have the support they need.

Thank you again,


Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Cumbria Together – let’s talk about Early Years

Let's get talking

We want everyone in Cumbria to understand the importance of the first five years of a child’s life and how those early years lay the foundations for lifelong relationships, development and learning. The early years team and strategy group (which includes sector representatives) have been working on a vision statement which will help to capture the importance of this vital life stage. We hope that you like the logo that we have come up with, which will start to appear in many places across Cumbria to help us all to have conversations about why these years matter so much.

You may also enjoy this video called ‘Big Change Starts Small’, produced by the Royal Foundation, to mark the launch of the Centre for Early Childhood Education - Home - Centre for Early Childhood

Wider education partners in Cumbria are also collectively developing an all age vision which will include a theme of the vital importance of early years. Please see the link below for an opportunity to input your views.

Vision for Education in Cumbria

Home learning

Chat, Play, Share

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'If you’re happy and you know it'.  Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share – If you’re happy and you know it

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.


This week we have the second activity we sent out a year ago - Bags.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Early Years Provider Survey 2021 – Summary of Responses

As you may remember in June we shared a survey with all Early Years providers in Cumbria. We are pleased to let you know that 50% of you responded, which has provided us with a lot of information.

We will be emailing the results to you this week, so please look out for it.

Thank you to all those who took part in the survey.

Preparing for the revised EYFS

Early Years Briefing paper number 12 is about supporting children with SEND within the Revised EYFS.  It will be going out to settings and be added to the website this week.

Support for Early Years and Childcare Provision

Famly are offering a Q & A session on the revised EYFS on the evening of 26th July. You can sign up for free here

0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service

The 0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service offer activities and support for families throughout the year and will be available over the summer school holiday period to support families. Newsletters and Facebook links are available below:

Barnardo’s Eden

Eden 0 - 19 Child and Family Support Services - Home | Facebook

Family Action





Action for Children – South Lakes

South Lakeland Child and Family Support Service | Facebook

Please check the Facebook page for activities for families.

Support and advice is available for families who may need a little extra support to help them to get through the summer holiday period.



Telephone number



01900 810869



01229 821855



01228 223417



07815 688393



07740 516 210

South Lakes


01539 734456

Cumbria Adult Learning/Family Learning

Cumbria Adult Learning have been working hard in the background preparing Autumn 2021 courses. Look out for our new listings from 26th July 2021, coming through your door and available on our website.

This may also be a good time to think about their Family Learning offer and whether your families would enjoy accessing one of their courses in the Autumn Term - https://adultlearning.cumbria.gov.uk/subjects/family.asp

Child Flu vaccine research

Public Health England are conducting a study into what influences parent’s decisions on whether or not to take up the (normal) flu vaccine for their child. They are looking for participants to interview - please could you share this poster with your families? - Child Flu Vaccine Uptake Study Recruitment Flyer.pdf

Updated guidance

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 

Last updated 7 July 2021

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19

Last updated 8 July 2021

COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021

The government has published the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ document. This sets out the essential actions that everybody should take to protect themselves and others while prevalence is high, as we transition towards learning to live with COVID-19. The ‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’ sets out the shape of step 4 of the roadmap.

Last updated 12 July 2021