Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 10

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Welcome to the tenth 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.

Mental health and wellbeing in the early years conference discount ends soon!

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The early bird discount for this conference is due to end at the end of January 2020!

We are excited to promote the new Mental health and wellbeing in the early years conference which will take place on 25 March 2020 at Writtle University.

The event will include a key note and workshop from Therapeutic Teaching. This will cover the role of the key person as a secondary attachment figure. We will explore the impact of insecure attachment on the young child’s ability to relate to key adults and the subsequent impact on the practitioner’s mental wellbeing.

An interactive workshop from Essex Music Services will then take place were you will explore how we can use music to feel good, communicate and develop relationships. This will include Samba or African drumming.

For more information (including prices) and to book your place, please open the booking form.

Safeguarding training

The online Safeguarding Level 1 course is currently unavailable due to changes in the eLearning hosting platform.

ESCB are currently looking at alternative options and will provide updates on their website.

In the meantime, you can attend the Safeguarding Level 2 training without completing the Level 1 training beforehand. For information about training, please visit the Essex Early Years and Childcare website.

Confirmation of new FEEE funding rates from 1 April 2020


The Department for Education (DfE) announced at the end of October 2019 a boost to the Free Early Education Entitlement funding rates of up to 8p per hour per child, along with an extension of supplementary funding for nursery schools for 2020 to 2021.

Essex County Council (ECC) has now had our allocation formally confirmed and I writing to inform you what these rates will be with effect from 1 April 2020.

The DfE has allocated ECC an increased funding rate of 8p per funded hour for all of the FEEE rates, and the DfE allow all local authorities to retain up to 5% of the funding allocation to cover the costs of administering the FEEE funding.

However, in this instance, ECC will be passporting the full 100% of the FEEE funding rate increase to childcare providers and will be increasing all of the FEEE rates by 8p an hour. This is on top of the 2p per funded hour increase that ECC implemented from April 2019 (without receiving any additional funding from the DfE).

Adding both of these increases together equates to a 10p per funded hour increase for childcare providers across Essex.

For full details of the increased rates, please visit the Early Years and Childcare website.

Intent, implement and impact (the three I’s)

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The three I’s training will help you to consider how to use observation, assessment and planning to make sure that learning supports children to make the best progress possible. The training aims are to:

  • Be familiar with the new Ofsted framework and the terminology used (intent, implementation and impact)
  • Discuss how the planning cycle (observations, assessment, planning) enables practitioners to support and inform the 3 Is.

The training is taking place on 21 March 2020 at Latton Bush Centre Harlow 9.30-12.30.

For more information and to book your place, please open the booking form. To see all other training opportunities, please visit the Early Years and Childcare website.

Parenting together support programme

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Further to our article about the Parenting Together support programme in issue 7, we would like to follow up with some more information.

Arguments and conflict between parents occur for a number of reasons and when they are managed and resolved there are few, if any, lasting effects on the relationship or on children.  However, where arguments are frequent, intense and poorly resolved, children can be affected in many different ways; they may feel responsible, become withdrawn, sad or angry. 

The risk of conflict between parents is higher at crucial points in family life, such as becoming pregnant, having a baby, a child starting or changing school, or separation and divorce.  

If you or a parent you know needs support with resolving/managing conflict and meet the ‘Parenting Together’ eligibility criteria below then visit parentingtogethersupportprogramme.org.uk or call 01992 555172.

  • Parents with at least one child aged 0-18, a disabled child aged 0-25, or expecting their first child
  • Who are experiencing a level of stress or conflict in their relationship
  • Open to all parents in Essex; mothers, fathers, same-sex parents whether together or separated.

Ideally both parents should take part, but some interventions are suitable for one parent to participate on their own.

Additional training dates added!

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Additional dates for Effective room leader training and A forensic approach to supervisions and appraisals training have now been added to the booking forms.

To see all training opportunities, please visit the Early Years and Childcare website.

National Young Carers in Schools Award

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The National Young Carers in Schools Award is a cost-free National award accredited by The Carers Trust and The Children’s Society. The award recognises good practice in school around young carers who are a vulnerable pupil group. It will help raise awareness around the issues young carers face and significantly help schools identify and provide effective in school support.

The schools who have achieved this amazing award in the October submissions are;

Bronze Award Status

All Saints C of E Primary School Harwich , Chelmer Valley High School, Farnham C of E Primary School ,Ghyllgrove Primary School , Home Farm Primary School, Latton Green Primary Academy, Layer de la Haye C of E Primary School, Mildmay Junior School, Moulsham Junior School, Newlands Spring Primary School, Ravens Academy, Rickling C of E Primary School, St. John's C of E Primary School, Stewards Academy, The Helena Romanes School & Sixth Form Centre, The James Hornsby School, The King Edmund School, The Ramsey Academy, Thomas Willingale Primary School & Nursery, Upshire Primary School.

Certificate for SENCOs in Early Years (PVI) (CERTSEY)

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Registrations are now open for this DFE approved level 3 qualification which can be accessed online via laptop/tablet/phone and your training will be supported by your local LA Early Years SEND Team. It covers all key aspects of the early years SENCO role and responsibilities.

Further details can be found on the News section of the early years provider website. The course costs £175+VAT. Workshops will be held weeks commencing Monday 24 February 2020 and Monday 8 June 2020.

The deadline for registration for the spring term 2020 runs until Friday 31 January 2020. To book a place please visit the SEND training page.

Funding information

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Free Early Education Entitlement funding

The Headcount data collection dates are published on the Early years and childcare website and on the announcement page as you log into the provider portal. These are subject to change.

You can read key messages and guidance on the 'headcount task page' within the portal.

If your setting has a change in who is responsible for submitting data on the early years provider portal, please let us know by emailing earlyyearsdata@essex.gov.uk .

Inclusion funding

The deadline for full inclusion funding applications is the first of each month.

The deadline for interim inclusion funding applications is the Monday before the panel meeting.

The meeting dates are published on the Early years and childcare website.

Panel meetings are always the third Tuesday of each month and notification of the outcome is emailed usually within 10 working days of the panel meeting.

Education Inspection Framework roadshows

Ofsted will be running a series of free half-day Education Inspection Framework (EIF) roadshows. They will take place in February and March across the country for early years providers. 

You will find out about the key aspects of the EIF and learn about early emerging findings. 

Two people from your provider are welcome to attend each session. Each person attending must register separately. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Current Ofsted inspectors should not attend this event.

If you would like to attend register your place. You will also find times, location and venue details. Please select the 'Early Years' remit and then select your regional location.

Training opportunities

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

Don't forget the one off 'eSafety in the early years' training event on 26 February 2020.

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

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

Save the date! EYFS Conferences

The 2020 EYFS Conferences have been organised for:

  • Saturday 7 March 2020 at County Hall Chelmsford 9.30 to 3pm
  • Friday 13 March 2020 at Writtle University College 9.30 to 3pm

Workshops and booking form will be confirmed in next month's issue.


Post it note

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.