Early Years Update 15/09/2021

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Early Years

In today's update:

Data Collection

Early Years Attendance Data Collection – Action required Wednesday 15th September

The Department for Education are reintroducing the Early Years Attendance Data collection which will be monthly starting on Wednesday 15th September 2021.

Cumbria County Council have been asked to collect this information from you. The information is used to inform government departments on the impact of Covid 19.

Please use this link to submit your count of the number of 0-4 year olds in your provision on Wednesday 15th September: Attendance Survey

At present the following monthly data collection dates are set for the Autumn:

w/c 11th October

w/c 8th November

December to be confirmed

Thank you for your continued support with this work.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Risk Assessment/guidance

Latest Coronavirus information and guidance for all early years settings, including childminders.

The following links will take you to the Cumbria County Council website where you will find information from our Public Health team and the DFE. These links are available for you to also access on the Early Years section of the website. Documents will be kept up to date with any guidance changes. Please use these guidance documents alongside your own risk assessments.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - information for schools and early years settings

Contingency framework: education and childcare settings

Birth to 5 Matters

Birth to 5 Matters have released a selection of videos and articles to support the implementation of the revised EYFS.  Available to access here

Briefing paper 13 : Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ (PSED) and the Revised EYFS

This briefing paper focuses on the changes to PSED in the revised framework and the non-statutory guidance. PSED is one of the prime areas of development which forms solid foundations for all learning to then develop. The prime areas play a significant role in encouraging children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. They are a driving force behind helping children as they form nurturing attachments, learn to self-regulate their emotions and thrive in their day-to-day life.

Briefing paper 13 : Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ (PSED) and the Revised EYFS

Parent’s information guide on the Revised EYFS

The Early Years Team have produced a guide on the Revised EYFS for parents which settings and schools can share explaining:

  • What the EYFS is.
  • What the learning and development requirements are
  • What the changes are to the revised EYFS?
  • What the changes mean for parents and carers
  • How parents and carers can help their child at home

Home Learning

Early Years

Chat, Play, Share

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

Chat Play Share: Mary, Mary, quite contrary 

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

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday

SEND EHCP annual review training – September 2021

The Cumbria SEND Team have developed new annual review paperwork and guidance for children with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) which will come into effect from the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year. 

To support this implementation, a number of training sessions will be delivered in September 2021.  We would like to request that at least one representative from your setting accesses the training to ensure effective roll out and implementation of the process.

Sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams from 3.00pm to 5.00pm on the following dates (click on date required to book):

Wednesday 15 September 2021              

Tuesday 21 September 2021 

Wednesday 22 September 2021              

Tuesday 28 September 2021     

Wednesday 29 September 2021 

Please book onto one of the sessions as soon possible. Joining details will be issued prior to each session.

Early Years Training

The Early Years Team are offering a range of courses which you can now book via School Development or through SLA online.

Early Years training booked through School Development

The Early Years Team will also be providing the following training and networks throughout 2021/22. Please look out for more information about these training courses and networks through our Early Years comms/school’s comms, via email or through the school portal. These courses will be administrated by LIS Business Support or the Early Years Team.

Overview of training and networks

SLA online user guide



Co-production, according to Contact, the national charity for families with disabled children, is when parents and professionals work together, recognising each other's expert knowledge, to design, develop and improve services for disabled children in the local area.

Co-production of services by including parents and carers, can often take longer, and be messier, but the benefits for all involved are multiple.

We are excited to share that we have the opportunity to work with Contact in Cumbria to improve co-production with families. Contact will be running three 2.5 hour workshops (online) in October, December and February, to a limited number of participants. The first date is Wednesday 6th October 10 – 12.30.

If you are interested in being part of this training to learn about co-production in the early years, please let Katie Clarke know as soon as possible – katie.clarke@cumbria.gov.uk This will compliment work done with the SEND partnership around whole setting review and the Level 3 SENCO training, but is open to all settings.

We would also like to involve parents and carers of children with additional needs – please share this flyer with your families. 

Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge

Healthy families Cumbria Pledge

Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge                                 

The next Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge panel meeting will be held in October. Please submit any completed workbooks to HFCPledge@cumbria.gov.uk by Tuesday 28th September.

We now have 22 early years providers in Cumbria who have signed up to the pledge and we hope this number will continue to grow. Let's all pledge to support our young children and families to be healthy and happy.

For up to date information and a link to the workbook, please visit our website.

Link to the Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge website

Upcoming Events

15th September - Early years attendance data collection date

16th September - NASEN webinar 6-8pm, Meeting the needs of every child (other dates available, refer to previous update).

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