Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 2

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Welcome to the second 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.

Help us to shape our new online booking system

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As you may be aware we currently use EES (CPD online) as our online booking system. This enables practitioners to view our training offer, book places on face-to- face training and access our eLearning modules.

In order to improve our offer to you, we are currently in the process of procuring a new online booking system. If you would like to help us shape how the new online booking system works, please email your thoughts to WorkforceDevelopment@essex.gov.uk.  

Please make sure you download your training records from EES before our new system goes live in the autumn term 2019. Details of how to download your training records will be in the June issue.

It is business as usual for now and we will keep you updated of future developments via this newsletter.

Colchester Zoo Special Senses day

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Special Senses Day at Colchester Zoo is back on 22 June 2019!

Throughout the day many of the zoo's displays will be British sign language interpreted with opportunities to try alternative activities, handling, and themed sensory touch and smell tables, this truly is an event for everyone!

The Specialist Teaching and Preschool service will be in attendance sharing sensory stories with visitors. Inclusive Communication Essex will also be there on the day.

Visit the Colchester Zoo website for more information.



Transition happens all the time for children, we mainly focus on starting school. If we consider wider transitions they can be starting a childcare setting, moving home, holidays in addition to transitions that happen throughout the day, for example: meal times or moving between activities.

Transition can be broken into two elements; emotional and information. It is important to ensure that the child, the family and the school/setting are ready.

School readiness is a term broadly used but appears to have a different definition depending upon who you are and what experiences you have had.  Defining what school readiness means is essential in ensuring that children are prepared for starting school.

Key points to consider for effective practice:

  • Visit school/setting
  • Settling-in sessions
  • Transition photo book
  • Involve parents
  • Information sharing agreements (including parental permission).

Essex Transition Passport and poster can be found on the Essex Early Years Website.  Look out for transition events in your area.

Brexit – things your childcare business may need to know

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Here a some of the things we feel you may need to know and links for further information if we are faced with a 'no deal” scenario. We have chosen to highlight two topics this month, workplace rights and GDPR (data)

 Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal

  • The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 brings across the powers from EU Directives. This means that workers in the UK will continue to be entitled to the rights they have under UK law, covering those aspects which come from EU law (including TUPE law, maternity leave, holiday pay, agency workers and many others)
  • The government will make small amendments to the language of workplace legislation to ensure the existing regulations reflect the UK is no longer an EU country. These amendments will not change existing policy. This will provide legal certainty, allowing for a smooth transition from the day of EU exit, and will ensure that employment rights remain unchanged, including the employment rights of those working in the UK on a temporary basis, except with Employer insolvency and European Works Councils.

 Data protection if there’s no Brexit deal

  • The GDPR is an EU regulation. This means it became law in all member states of the EU (including the UK), without the need for a UK Act of Parliament. It also applies to the EEA states
  • When the UK exits the EU, the EU GDPR will no longer be law in the UK
  • The UK government intends to write the GDPR into UK law, with the necessary changes to tailor its provisions for the UK (the “UK GDPR”). The government has published a ‘Keeling Schedule’ for the GDPR, which shows the planned amendments.

When planning for a no-deal exit you will need to consider the guidance from the Information Commissioners Office around, International data transfers, EU representatives, and others detailed in full on their website.

This article is meant for guidance only. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.

Full and detailed information can be found on the UK government website.

Useful links about mental health in the early years


MindEd is a free educational resource on children
and young people's mental health for all adults. The MindEd website hosts a bank of resources about supporting children’s emotional health, wellbeing and behaviour.

We would also like to share with you a Youtube video from the Early Years Alliance: Dealing with challenging behaviour in the early years. 

Leadership and management tool - wheel of life

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If you lead a team, you will understand the importance of the team's wellbeing and how this can affect performance.

The 'wheel of life' tool can help individuals find balance and identify any aspects of life that may need more attention.

Research 'wheel of life' online and share a template with your team members at your next team meeting. Hopefully this tool will support you to lead your team and support them with time management and finding balance.

POET: Share your views of EHCP and SEN Support

Essex County Council are part of a national survey, The Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool, or ‘POET’ survey for short. This gives families, practitioners and children and young people the opportunities to share their experiences of EHCP and SEN support and tell us what is working and what could be better.

Please complete the survey and share it with your colleagues and the families you support - it takes just 10 minutes. Essex County Council will not see your survey as your responses go directly to In Control, the charity that run POET.

To access the survey visit the Essex Local Offer website. Here, you will also find an animation explaining POET and supporting resources that can be printed and shared with your families under ‘Further POET resources’.

We hope to receive a sufficient number of responses so that we can use your feedback to improve services in Essex, based on what matters to you.

If you have any questions please contact us at POET@essex.gov.uk.

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Training opportunities

Training Venue Time Date
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
Youth Mental Health First Aid training County Hall Chelmsford 9am - 4:30pm 13 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.