Early Years update - 02/03/2022

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Early Years

Public Health Updates

Covid-19 update from Cumbria County Councils Public Health Team 

Please continue to report positive cases of COVID-19 to the Education IPC Team at Cumbria County Council via the online notification form or securely via email to: educationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk

Support with queries, incidents and outbreaks continues to be available from the Education IPC Team. Please email if you have any queries:educationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk

Current outbreak threshold levels still apply and the threshold framework advice is currently being updated.

A word document containing a summary of the recent changes regarding 'Living with Covid-19' can be downloaded here: Public Health update for education settings

Updated Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak(updated 24th February 2022)

While those testing positive for Covid-19 are no longer legally required to self-isolate, the new guidance states that "if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Protective measures for holiday or after school clubs and other out of school settings for children during the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak (updated 24th February 2022)

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out of school settings during the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak (updated 24th February 2022)

Additional actions for childminders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - this guidance outlines the situations where you may be able to continue working if there is someone self-isolating in your house. The Early Years Alliance are seeking further clarification from the Government regarding guidance for childminders.

Safeguarding and Early Help


Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) Safeguarding Week 14th- 18th March – the theme is ‘Learning from Practice’.

Partners from Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership have come together to develop an extensive programme of learning events, seminars and interactive sessions. The programme of events will be delivered virtually throughout the week providing ease of access for all attendees.  All sessions are free to attend.

Developed for practitioners, the programme offers a packed schedule of sessions which will be delivered by inspirational and motivational speakers, all of whom are experts in their field. The professional sessions will cover key safeguarding areas and have been designed to stimulate discussion, share best practice, spark innovation and support continuing professional development and the week  begins with a launch event where we have Lesley Walker, Independent Scrutineer, Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership and key not speaker Annie Hudson, Chair, Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

All the information about safeguarding week and how to book on the sessions can be found on the CSCP Website https://www.cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/safeguardingweek/safeguardingweek.asp

To Note : there are a variety of sessions for people to access, however CSCP would like to draw particular attention to the sessions such as Early Help Training and Think Family.

Reminder: if you haven’t already signed up to regular updates from CSCP, you can do so by just going to the bottom right hand side of the front page of the website and submit your email address.  By doing this you would receive regular updates which would include information such as training opportunities and information updates of local and national importance regarding safeguarding - https://www.cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/

Children Looked After (children who are in foster care)

We would like to remind you that we offer support for Personal Education Plans (PEPs) for all Children Looked After. Therefore, if you have a Child Looked After attending your setting who is over the age 2yrs, please contact your Early Years Adviser and they will support you with the process.

Home Learning

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

Chat, Play, Share- Pirate song

Early Years

Active Cumbria

active cumbria

Active Start – Helping children to be healthy, to learn, and be active for life

Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Council’s Public Health team are looking to work with early years settings across Cumbria to support physical development and develop physical literacy in the early years through physical activity and play.

The programme Active Start has been funded by the Sellafield Social Impact Fund, providing access to a FREE training session, and supporting resources to take away and support delivery within your setting.

Active Start aligns to the new Early Years Foundation Stage providing many opportunities to deliver the curriculum and help children not only develop their physical abilities but also support communication, socialisation, and resilience through physical activity and play. The programme has been developed so that it can be incorporated within and complement existing delivery. Our resources provide numerous ideas to deliver the wider curriculum through the vehicle of physical activity.

We currently have a range of training dates available for schools / settings in the Carlisle, Copeland, Allerdale, and Furness areas including:

  • Thursday 10th March, Botcherby Community Centre, Carlisle
  • Friday 11th March, Millom Guide Hall
  • Wednesday 27th April, Whitehaven
  • Thursday 28th April, Hawcoat Park, Barrow in Furness
  • Wednesday 8th June, Ewanrigg Community Centre, Maryport

To find out more or book a place on one of our courses please visit https://www.activecumbria.org/behealthybeactive/activestart/active-start/ and follow the links on the page.

Or alternatively contact Kelly Alty – kelly.alty@cumbria.gov.uk or 07717 320573.

Tax free Childcare

HMRC are working with Hempsall’s to raise awareness of Tax Free Childcare over the next few weeks. Please see below to access a FREE Tax-Free Childcare webinar for all types of childcare and out of school providers.

  • Book your place here - 15 March 2022 - 1.30pm – 3.00pm
  • Book your place here - 16 March 2022 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm