Early Years Update 02/02/2022

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Early Years

In today's update:


We still have some spaces left on our Music Matters and Physical Development Training.  These sessions are face to face and in person so if you want to have the chance to meet up with other Early Years practitioners and take part in an interactive training session please book on using the link below. 

Cumbria School Development (sla-portals.co.uk)

For further information on these courses, please see the Early Years training brochure 2021-22 available on our website.

Free online workshop – working with parents

Contact are offering this workshop to early years practitioners in Cumbria. It is scheduled to take place on the evening of Tuesday 22nd February and will be in place of Childminder networks this term.

To book a place, please see the flyer 

Public Health Updates

Support if you are concerned about possible inaccurate test results

If you are concerned that either an LFD or PCR test has returned an inaccurate result for an individual, please contact the Education IPC team via email: EducationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk and we will help you to risk assess the situation and provide advice.

LFD and PCR testing remains very effective, but the team is happy to provide advice if you have any concerns.

Symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea

We have had a number of settings reporting children with symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

Please refer to our guidance document for further advice on how to manage incidents in your setting: Diarrhoea and vomiting in educational settings and contact the team by email if you have any further questions: EducationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk

Launching today – new Childhood Vaccination Campaign

A new campaign is launching today from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) who will encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

The campaign aims to boost parents’ confidence that getting their children vaccinated is the right thing to do, by dialling up the risk of measles, mumps and rubella. The campaign’s call-to-action tells parents and carers whose children have missed one of their two MMR doses to contact their GPs and book their vaccine. As a secondary call-to-action, parents and carers who want more information about the vaccine programme are directed to the MMR vaccines page on the NHS website.

Partners in the NHS and local government are now welcome to support the campaign, using a suite of custom assets to help us communicate these important messages to our target audiences. Partners can also support the campaign through social media and other owned channels, and by generating local press and PR. To help partners activate the campaign, we have also produced a selection of social media images and suggested posts and a PR and communications toolkit.

Visit the Campaign Resource Centre to download the materials and find out more about how you can get involved.

Ofsted inspection of early years settings

Ofsted have stated if an early years provider is seriously impacted by Covid-19 and is unable to go ahead with a planned inspection then please let them know at the point when you are notified of the inspection.

They say that if a setting requests a deferral, it will be looked at sensitively. 

Please find Ofsted's deferral policy here.

Ofsted will also be contacting registered early years childminders who have inspections overdue or due in the coming months to capture up-to-date minding and contact information.

Household Support Grant – Eden

Barnardo's are administering this grant in Eden and are looking for applications to support families in need. If you know of a vulnerable family living in Eden who would benefit with help buying food, paying bills or purchasing essential household items, please find the application form here 

Active Cumbria

Chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on resources for your setting!

Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership is one of 42 Active Partnerships in England and is hosted within Cumbria County Council’s Public Health team working with partners across all sectors to improve lives through physical activity.

We are working with other Active Partnerships  across England to understand what physical activity and active play looks like in Early Years settings across the country and we need your help. A short survey has been developed and you can participate by clicking the link here

We are keen to hear from all Early Years staff in Cumbria, so whether you work in a Reception or Nursery Class in school, a PVI setting, Childminder, pre-school, playgroup or any other similar setting we’d love you to get involved.  The survey is open to anyone working in an Early Years setting in England at any level and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.  Please pass this survey on to your colleagues to fill out too. The more responses we get, the more evidence we have to champion Early Years Settings! 

As a big thank you for your time, each entry will be placed in a prize draw to win one of two £50 vouchers to spend on equipment for your setting.

The results of this survey will be used to help us tailor support to Early Years Settings around physical activity but also in conversations to raise the profile of the fantastic work being delivered across the Early Years and show how this is helping every child to have The Best Start in Life. Help us to champion the impact that children moving more has on a range of outcomes, including physical and mental health and wellbeing and school readiness both locally and nationally.

We look forward to the results and working with you.

Let’s Connect

Let’s Connect is a six-week programme run by Family Action for parents of pre-school aged children with SEND living in the Barrow and Low Furness area. It is designed to give parents information and strategies to help support their child. The programme is delivered by Family Action in collaboration with Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, the Early Years team and Children’s Learning Disabilities team.

Let’s connect is for pre-school children who have been identified as needing this group by one of the above services.

If you know of a child and parent who may benefit from this programme they can contact Michelle Walker for further details, please see contact details below.


A request for service form will need to be completed and returned by mid February, with the parents’ permission and adherence to Data Protection.

Family Action – Any Man Can

Family Action are introducing a new 12-week early intervention group programme for Dads, Dads-to-be or young men to prevent dysfunctional or problematic behaviour from escalating to domestic violence or abuse.

If you work within the areas of Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle or Barrow and would like more information regarding this course please join the Virtual Meetings via Teams

Wednesday 9th February, 11 am – 12 noon

Wednesday 9th February, 6 pm – 7 pm

To book a place email kerry.jewell@family-action.org.uk, the link will then be forwarded.

Safeguarding guidance for Early Years Providers

The NSPCC have produced a briefing document on safeguarding early years children during the pandemic which summarises the relevant guidance. This will be updated regularly so please see the NSPCC website for further information - Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance and information for early years providers

Home Learning

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

Chat Play Share - Whether the Weather

Early Years

Upcoming Events

Effective Communication session one of spring cohort starts Thursday 24th February.  

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