Early Years Update - 22.9.21

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Early Years

Public Health Updates

We know it is still a difficult time as the number of covid cases in settings and the community remains high. Here is a reminder of the link to the County Council website where you will find up to date guidance from our Public Health team and the DfE.

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

Revised EYFS - Early Years Curriculum briefing paper

This briefing paper offers guidance on –

  • What is curriculum?
  • What do we need to change?
  • Planning your curriculum
  • How do you decide what you want ‘your’ children to learn?

Briefing paper 14 - Early years curriculum

Information for school governors

The Early Years team have developed a document on the Revised EYFS to support school governors with the changes.

Revised EYFS - information for governors

Integrated 2 year old review

It is a requirement of the EYFS that a child’s progress between two and three years of age must be reviewed and a short written summary of the child’s development in the three prime areas reported upon. Providers will celebrate the child’s successes and also include any actions they will take to help a child develop in areas where they are doing less well. The child’s report may be shared with other professionals who can help support a child but they will only do this with parent/carer permission, set out on the report template

Cumbria’s guidance for using the integrated 2YO review progress check and the updated 2YO review template can be found below:

Integrated 2 year old review guidance

Integrated 2 year old review template

Co-production - reminder


We are excited to share that we have the opportunity to work with Contact (the national charity for families with disabled children) to improve how we work with families by meaningful involvement and recognising their strengths and expertise. Contact will be running three 2.5 hour workshops (online) which will all take place from 10 – 12.30 as follows:

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

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. 


Safer sleeping and ICON awareness week

This week the CSCP will be holding an awareness raising week for Safer Sleeping and ICON – ‘Babies Cry – You Can Cope’.

There are a number safe sleeping posters that are print and web friendly along with a safer sleep booklet. Please display these posters in areas that are accessed by parents and print and share them with the families you work with to help raise awareness. They can be accessed here.

You can also help by re‐tweeting the CSCP Twitter messages (@CumbriaSCP)

Safer sleeping

Safer Sleep for Baby is based around six simple steps, designed to be easy to follow and cover the main risk factors.  We want the entire Children and Young People's workforce to speak in a unified voice to reinforce our messages to parents and carers. You can see the six steps on the website Safer Sleep for Baby.

We also want to recognise to parents that every family has different circumstances and people may have more specific questions.  We want to highlight that there are people in Cumbria who can help, whether this is a health professional, Children's Centre, social worker or support group and also to signpost people to The Lullaby Trust helpline 

Safe sleep guidance for practitioners

A multi-agency Safer Sleeping Guidance has been developed for practitioners. This can be accessed via the CSCP procedures manual: https://cumbrialscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/full_contents.html#appendices



ICON is a campaign that was developed to keep babies safe. It provides coping with crying advice for to be delivered to parents and carers of babies.

ICON is an acronym for:

I – Infant crying is normal

C –Comforting methods can help

O – It’s OK to walk away

N – Never, ever shake a baby

A number of materials are available to promote the messages of the ICON Campaign. These are available for parents, carers and professionals to download.

Professionals should print copies where possible to share with families during contact sessions, and to display in public areas to raise the awareness of the ICON message. Please visit the CSCP ICON page.


Briefing session

CSCP are holding an online practitioner briefing session on safer sleeping on Thursday 23 September 2021, 13:00 – 14:30. The briefing will focus on safer sleep advice and the vital role all practitioners have in sharing the message with families. There will be opportunity to reflect on existing knowledge and ensure all partner agencies are sharing the same advice consistently across Cumbria. Links to resources and advice for professionals will also be provided. There will also be a brief overview of ICON, a programme that provides information to parents and professionals about infant crying and how to cope.

This is an important public health message, in which we all have a part to play, and its impact on the safety of babies and young children cannot be underestimated.

The briefing is suitable for all practitioners who work with families with children under the age of 5.

You can book a place here

If you are unable to attend the session will be recorded and published on the CSCP website.

Home Learning

Early Years

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

Chat Play Share: I Hear Thunder

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 bubbles. Remember that the activities contained in this communication are for the week starting next Monday.

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday


Emotion coaching - correction to dates and times

Emotion Coaching is about helping children to understand and label their feelings and emotions, developing their tools to problem solve and begin to self-regulate. This training would be suitable for all practitioners but particularly those who wish to explore their setting's approach to behaviour leadership.

Emotion Coaching – Available to all settings and schools. This 3-part training will run over the autumn and spring term. The training will be delivered virtually using Microsoft Teams.

  • Wednesday 10th November, Wednesday 1st December 2021 and Wednesday 30th March 2022
  • Part 1 and 2   2:00 – 4:00pm and part 3   1:30 – 3:30pm

Please look out for more information coming out soon regarding how to book onto the training.

All Our Children - this training for new SENCOs (or those wishing to refresh their knowledge) is being run once per term. If you would like to book a place, please contact your Link Adviser

Upcoming Events

Thursday 23rd September - CSCP briefing session on Safer sleeping (see above)

Senco network - SAVE THE DATE - 19th and 21st October (details for booking will be sent soon)


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