Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 9

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Welcome to the ninth issue of the EYFS Practitioner newsletter.

If you have any good news stories or examples of good practice we can share, please email workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

eSafety training discount offer ends soon!

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There are only 26 days until the early bird offer ends on 'eSafety in the early years training event'. Bookings made on or before 15 January 2020 receive a discount.

The training takes place on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at Essex Outdoors Danbury 9.30am - 3pm and will empower early years practitioners (in day nurseries, preschools, out of school clubs and childminders) to have a strong understanding of what online safety really means to us and the children we look after.  

For more information and to book your place, open the booking form.

Autism-friendly christmas

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The Essex Local Offer team have summarised some of the tips that the National Autistic Society have put together on how to have an autism-friendly Christmas.

This information can be used by settings, schools, parents and people with autism.

You can read the top tips by visiting the Essex Local Offer website.

A forensic approach to supervisions and appraisals

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Early years practitioners including managers, committee members and childminders with assistants are invited to book on to our new 'forensic approach to supervisions and appraisals' training.

This training will support you to strengthen the quality of practice to the highest level through supervisions and appraisals.

Course Aims

  • To have a better understanding of what an effective supervision and appraisal looks like
  • To be able to carry out effective supervisions and appraisals with appropriate support and challenge
  • To be able to provide effective feedback and guidance to improve staff practice
  • To be able to use supervisory meetings to help staff to reflect on their practice and sustain improvements.

The training costs

£36 per delegate for Essex Ofsted registered providers and Essex Family Hub staff (including Southend and Thurrock).

£72 per delegate for Essex local authority and academy / other (school practitioners working within the early years foundation stage in reception classes in maintained, private, independent and academy schools).

Open the booking form for more information and to book your place.

Sleep routine example from Essex childminder

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Colchester based childminder, Lola has shared with us how she manages sleep time in her setting.

"I start out with quiet activity after lunch to give time to all children to be ready for rest. While the mats are being laid out, I put on lullabies in the background. This quietens the atmosphere and minimises shhh shhh sound. Children gradually drift to sleep on their own."

Share with us the quiet activities you do in your setting by emailing workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk

The role of the ENCO for childminders

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The Equality Named Coordinator (ENCO) in an early years setting leads on striving to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all children and their families.

For childminders, this is usually a sole responsibility.

Our bespoke training is designed to support you to do this by providing the knowledge, understanding and tools needed to evaluate the inclusivity of your childminding practice and plan for further improvements.

'Role of the ENCO for childminders' is a half day course that explores

  • The Equality Act 2010, SEND Code of Practice 2014 and OFSTED requirements for Equality
  • Ideas for supporting children with EAL (English as an additional language)
  • Resources and activities to promote inclusion and an understanding of equality and diversity for children of all ages.

For more information about the training and to book your place, please open the booking form.

The next training date is Saturday 1 February 2020 at The Grange Primary School Wickford 9:30am - 1pm.

Toilet training advice for parents

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Essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk has advice for families about toilet training that you may want to share or refer to.


The web page includes:

  • How do I know my child is ready?
  • Guidance and helpful information
  • Toilet training FAQs.

Potential training venues


Do you know of any training venues that you would like us to use in the future? Potential venues could be schools or settings that have training facilities.

Please email workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk with your ideas.

Training opportunities

Our training programme is available to view on our website. This is a temporary arrangement until our new booking system is live.

To improve our offer to you, our eLearning training is currently under review. We look forward to its launch on our new booking system. 

Once you have attended training, you will be emailed your certificate and a link to an evaluation form.

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Please complete our short survey to tell us how we can make this newsletter better for you.


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Our archive page on the Early Years and Childcare website will host three terms’ worth of newsletters. This is to ensure that all of our information is current and up to date.