Early Years Update 04/08/2021

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In today's update:

Bereavement and trauma in young children

Thank you again to everyone who completed our Provider Survey last term. Through it you told us that two of the top emerging areas of need for children as a result of the pandemic are for support with their emotional wellbeing and through bereavement.

The Anna Freud network recently ran a series of three live webinars for early years practitioners. The first looked at managing challenging behaviour, the second looked at attending to the needs of children affected by a bereavement, and the third advised on how nursery staff can help any children in their setting who may have experienced trauma or abuse. These events are free for you to watch via YouTube:

Webinar 1)  Supporting children in early years settings who may have experienced trauma or abuse

Webinar 2)   Supporting bereaved children in early years settings

Webinar 3) Managing challenging behaviour in an early years setting

Staff wellbeing

We know how difficult the past 18 months has been for all front line key workers in the early years as you have been working so tirelessly to support children and families through the pandemic. Looking after your own wellbeing and those of your team is even more important than ever. This booklet from Anna Freud was written in response to sector feedback and is full of lots of suggestions about how to put policy into action to support staff wellbeing –

Early years staff wellbeing: a resource for managers and teams

Preparing for the Revised EYFS

Development Matters was updated on July 23 and offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn for all early years practitioners, including:

  • childminders
  • staff in nurseries
  • nursery schools
  • school nursery and reception classes in school

The guidance can help meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework.

Sarah Neville from Childcare.co.uk has put members' questions to senior Ofsted inspectors Phil Minns and Wendy Ratcliff about the revisions to the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework which applies from 1st September 2021.You can watch the video recording here