Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 1

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Welcome to the first issue of the EYFS Practitioner newsletter.

The aim of this publication is to create a ‘one stop shop’ for settings (including childminders) that will include information and guidance about (but not limited to):


  • Funding
  • Safeguarding
  • The EYFS
  • Training and qualifications
  • Getting started
  • Running your business
  • SEND and inclusion.

If you have any good news stories or examples of good practice in relation to any of the topics above, please email workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

New website for early years practitioners

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Our new look website to support Early years practitioners is now available!

The new site contains lots of useful information to support you in running your childcare business. It includes information about funding, safeguarding, supporting children with special educational needs and advice and guidance to help you deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage successfully.

 Here are some useful links to popular topics:

 Becoming a childminder – Getting started and Training and Qualifications

 Registering to offer FEEE

 Number of children a practitioner can care for – refer to the Early Years Foundation statutory framework

 Help and advice about Headcount

 Advice and support around SEND


Developing a strategy for SEND in Essex

send innovation

The SEND Engagement survey was published on 22 March, and will run for 10 weeks until 31 May. ECC would encourage all education settings to complete the survey online. We also would like to hear from as many parents and carers as well, either via the survey or participating at a workshop.

As part of the SEND Engagement, Essex Family Forum are hosting ‘Vision for SEND in Essex parent/carer engagement workshops’ across Essex to further discuss the themes - Developing School Led SEND and Growing Specialist SEND Provision.

There are workshops taking place in every district, with 12 daytime sessions (10:30am – 12:30pm) and four evening sessions (7 – 8:30pm).

Please could you advertise the Vision for SEND Parent/carer Engagement Workshops to all your parents/carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Starting school bag and dual language books

starting school bags

Did you know that Essex Libraries can help families and children get ready for ‘big school’?  

Essex residents can borrow starting school bags – they look like the book bags most schools use containing a starting school survival guide for parents and a beautiful selection of picture books to share and enjoy with children in your setting in preparation for starting school.

We also have copies of ‘Tom and Sofia start school’ in a variety of dual languages which can be used to support children.

All our books and resources can be reserved online or at your local library. It’s free to join the library so why not join today?

Measles outbreak

Public Health England have confirmed that there have been two confirmed cases of measles in the Basildon area. 

The leaflets and posters below provided by the NHS and Public Health England give advice on prevention and the symptoms to watch out for. 

Please display the posters in your setting and pass on the information to parents. 

EYFS Conferences - March 2019

conference stall

March was a very exciting month as it saw the launch of two EYFS Conferences!

We were pleased to welcome over 150 Essex EYFS practitioners across the two events. Practitioners had the opportunity to liaise with stall holders such as the Specialist Teaching and Preschool Service, Inclusive Communication Essex and Sense Toys in addition to networking with others and attending four workshops.

These events were the first of their kind and we hope to offer more like this in the future. This year, the conference was aimed at supporting the needs of every child in the EYFS and included informative and interactive workshops covering the following topics:

  • Closing the word Gap – Language and communication
  • Communicating sensitive information to parents and carers
  • Observation and Assessment in the EYFS
  • Building emotional resilience.

One practitioner fed back "Brilliant! Thank you, great content on all four workshops."

We are delighted to receive such positive delegate feedback and as always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback, if you have any ideas for workshops or conference topics, please reply to workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

Successful transitions for children with English as an additional language


For children and families with English as an additional language (EAL) extra support will be needed from both setting and school to ensure a successful transition.


  • Make sure the family have received the information needed about transition visits and know where to go and when.
  • Share information with school about the child’s language development and the progress they have made during their time with you. Pass on successful strategies you have already used to support the child. You could even pass on the signs and words used in your setting so they can be put up in the classroom.
  • Share photos of school with the child and their family, include pictures of the things they will need to take (uniform, lunch box, PE kit) and key times in the day with the words used (assembly, playtime, dining hall)
  • Share dual language books about starting school.


  • Gather lots of information from the child’s family before they join. What is the name of their Home Language? Is it the only language spoken? Also check pronunciations of names. The All About Me Home language profile can be used for this.
  • Encourage parents to continue speaking their language with the child at home (you could use the Importance of Home Language leaflets)
  • If you do home visits, take a photo-book along with pictures of important areas of School and key times in the day. Include a photo of the things a child needs to bring with them
  • Ask for important words in the child’s home language (Mummy, Daddy, drink, toilet) and put these up around the classroom ready for their first day
  • Make sure your welcome poster also includes the family’s Home Language
  • Provide dual language books for the child to share at home
  • Consider if the family may need extra help when sending home written information.

Training opportunities

Training Venue Time Date
Safeguarding level 2 Hamptons Chelmsford 9:30am - 4:30pm 25 May 19
Youth Mental Health First Aid Ely House Basildon 9am - 4:30pm 01 May 19
Safeguarding Level 2 Woodlands Colchester 9:30am - 4:30pm 15 May 19
Safeguarding level 2 County Hall Chelmsford 9:30am - 4:30pm 12 Jun 19
Safeguarding Level 2 Latton Bush Centre Harlow 9:30am - 4:30pm 15 Jun 19
Role of the ENCO County Hall Chelmsford 9:30am - 4:30pm 17 Jun 19
Youth Mental Health First Aid training County Hall Chelmsford 9am - 4:30pm 18 Jun 19
Safeguarding Level 2 Wat Tyler Country Park 9:30am - 4:30pm 03 Jul 19
Supporting children learning EAL County Hall Chelmsford 9.30-12.30 09 Jul 19
Safeguarding Level 2 Woodlands Colchester 9:30am - 4:30pm 13 Jul 19
Safeguarding level 2 Hamptons Chelmsford 9:30am - 4:30pm 10 Aug 19
Safeguarding level 2 County Hall Chelmsford 9:30am - 4:30pm 22 Aug 19
Youth Mental Health First Aid training Woodlands Colchester 9am - 4:30pm 04 Oct 19
Youth Mental Health First Aid training Goodman House Harlow 9am - 4:30pm 12 Nov 19

For more information or to book a place on this training, please visit the EES website.

Please note: The Youth Mental Health First Aid training is available for settings who support 8-18 year olds (such as after school clubs). If the date you would like to attend is fully booked, please follow this link to express your interest in future dates.