Early Years Update 27/10/2021

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Early Years

In today's update:

Early Years Recruitment

We are aware from discussions with Providers that many of you are experiencing difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified early years staff and know that this reflects a wider national problem. The Early Years Alliance are running a survey on this to inform their discussions with the Department for Education. If you wish to complete the survey, it is open until the 5th November.

Ofsted updates

Please ensure that you are displaying the latest poster for parents, about Ofsted’s role and responsibilities and the different ways parents can get in contact.

We have been asked by Ofsted to share the following reminder with all registered Early Years Providers:

You must notify Ofsted, or the childminder agency with which you are registered, of any confirmed cases in the setting, whether a child or a staff member. Settings should also tell Ofsted if they have to close the setting as a result. It is a legal requirement as set out in paragraph 3.52 of the early years foundation stage statutory framework. You should report as soon as they are able to, and in any case within 14 days. Settings can see ‘tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business’ to ensure that all the required information is included in their notifications.

Natasha's Law - Pre-packed for direct sale allergen labelling changes for nurseries

On 1 October 2021 the requirements for labelling pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) food changed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

PPDS food is food that is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers.

Any food business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list. Allergenic ingredients must be emphasised within this list.

For most early years settings, PPDS will not be prepared on site and this new requirement will not be applicable. However, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have produced detailed guidance for education settings, including nurseries, on what food is classed as PPDS and what should be included on the food label.


CPD Opportunities

Poverty permeates every area of a child’s life. When we surveyed families in Cumbria last year, financial issues were one of the top concerns they had that affect their children.

June Sullivan CEO of the London Early Years Foundation will explain what must be done to tackle this national crisis and why radical reforms to our childcare system are so urgently needed so that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, can get the best start in life.

November webinar and Q&A session: Addressing Childhood Poverty

FREE webinars from I CAN

Help is available to support you with choosing a school for a child with complex speaking and understanding needs. Receive top tips and guidance from our specialist team and parents who have gone through the process.

For parents advice webinar: Wednesday 17 November at 1pm register now

Register for our parent webinar (ican.org.uk)

As part of the EYSEND Partnership, I CAN is pleased to be offering free training to early years SENCos, managers and early years practitioners to enable excellent support for SLCN in early years settings.

The training is provided at two levels – core (introductory) and in-depth (advanced). You may choose to start with the core training and move to the in-depth, or if you have had previous SLCN training, you could move straight to the in-depth training. Full descriptions and details of how to access both levels of training can be found here.

Meeting the Needs of Every Child

This DfE funded webinar is FREE to access and will provide Early Years Practitioners with a thorough understanding of inclusive practice for SEND in Early Years settings https://nasen.org.uk/early-years


Encouraging Positive Behaviour: 11 November

Recognising and managing your child’s anxiety: 23 November

Speech and language for parents of young children with additional needs: 16 November and 1 December.

Learn - Explore - Debate!

These events are coming soon and are free but limited to one person per setting. The agenda will cover:

  • Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Early years and COVID-19
  • Ofsted inspections under the revised EYFS

  Tuesday 9 November

 1 - 4pm

 Book here

  Wednesday 10 November

 9.30am - 12.30pm

 Book here

  Thursday 11 November

 6 - 9pm

 Book here

Bullying and Gypsy, Roma and Travelling Young People

Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) have launched a free online CPD training course, 'Bullying and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people', which ABS has developed with Friends, Families and Travellers, after speaking with children and young people from Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities about bullying. Find out about all free CPD online courses available from ABA here 

Home Learning

Early Years

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

Chat Play Share: I'm a Little Hedgehog

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


Emotion coaching - 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. This training will run over 3 two hour sessions via Microsoft TEAMS, on 10.11.21, 1.12.21 and 30.3.22. Look out for the invitation email.

Developing Early Phonic Skills - Reminder about our Developing Early Phonics Skills training for all Nursery teachers and practitioners on 11th November at various venues around the county. This training is face to face. Places are still available. Please book by contacting the School development team on Tel: 01228 221354 or Email: schooldevelopment@cumbria.gov.uk

Upcoming Events

9th November - Designated Safeguarding Lead clusters, look out for your emailed invitation.

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