Early Years Update 16/02/2022

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Early Years

In today's update:

World book day 2022

World Book Day

Celebrating 25 years, this year’s World Book Day is taking place on Thursday 3rd March 2022, with a variety of resources and ideas available, including those specifically aimed at nursery and pre-school children, which can be found here

A FREE Tax-Free Childcare webinar for all types of childcare and out of school providers.

This 90-minute ZOOM webinar will be useful for all types of approved or registered providers who offer paid for childcare and activities for families. If you provide childcare services for children aged 0-11 years (up to 17 years if disabled), you are invited to attend.

The webinar is designed to raise awareness of Tax-Free Childcare TFC and increase understanding of it. We will be providing a useful overview of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) for providers of how it could better benefit children and families.

We also want to help and equip attendees with ideas and tools that can motivate parents to sign up and use TFC to pay for childcare, out of school and holiday activities. Helping families and children and the provider in turn.

HMRC has asked Hempsall’s, the specialist early years and childcare organisation providing consultancy, training and research for governments, councils and providers, to deliver the webinar.

We will consider:

  • What is Tax-Free Childcare?
  • Why it is important for families and providers
  • How we can all motivate interest and engagement
  • What actions we can take to help people sign-up and use TFC

 Book your place here - 15 March 2022 - 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Book your place here - 16 March 2022 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Team around the Early Years setting - Carlisle and Allerdale pilot - REMINDER

If you are an early years provider in Carlisle or Allerdale, please look out for an email to invite you to complete a short survey entitled - Team Around the Early Years Setting : Pilot follow up – as the closing date is this Friday 18th February.

We look forward to hearing from you, learning from the pilot and starting to roll the model out across the county.

More information is available here 

Updated guidance

The Department for Education has released a series of updates/new publications relating to early years:

Home Learning

Early Years

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

Chat Play Share - Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Foundation Years blog on SEND: All of our children, all of our responsibility

The latest Foundation Years blog, written by Philippa Stobbs, Assistant Director at the Council for Disabled Children, which leads the EYSEND Partnership, has now been published.

Philippa looks back on some of the learning that can be taken from the COVID-19 pandemic and how the responsibilities for meeting the needs of young children with SEND sit with everyone. 

Read the blog here


Effective Communication for spring session 1 is Thursday 24th February.

A reminder if you have attended Emotion Coaching Part 1 and 2 the third session on using Empathy dolls is coming up last week in March, look out for your invite link.