Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 11

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Welcome to the eleventh 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.

Coronavirus – Advice From the DfE for all Early Years Providers, Schools and Further Education Providers

DfE Square

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China. Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area:


A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. You can support the campaign, which promotes basic hygiene practices such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue to stem the spread of viruses, by:

Five Top Tips for Recruiting


1. Be specific - Write accurate job descriptions. 

2. Think about the person specification - You need to know about skills, knowledge and experience as well as qualifications. 

3. Sell your place of work - Encourage and welcome pre application visits; show you are proud of your place of work.

4. Allow enough time - A rushed application may put some applicants off applying, you could consider closing the vacancy on a Monday to give applicants the weekend to perfect their submission. 

5. Ensure you advertise in the right places - You don’t want to miss the perfect candidate!

 Find out more about the Essex Education Recruitment service.

EYFS Safeguarding Forum

The Schools and Early Years Safeguarding team at Essex will be running safeguarding forums for EYFS providers.  Going forward, these forums will cover a range of safeguarding matters and will provide key information to support providers in meeting their statutory responsibilities in keeping children safe.

The first forum, which is free of charge, will be held at Chelmsford City Football Club on 22 April 2020, from 7.00 – 8.30pm. This forum will focus on reporting and recording concerns.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and are limited to one per Early Years provider so please book your place soon. 

The Schools and Early Years Safeguarding Team are also working on safeguarding resources for Early Years providers.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Moderation Training

EYFS Moderation Training

The EYFS Moderation team are providing training on undertaking the EYFS Profile on 5 March 2020 in Chelmsford.

This training is for early years teachers who are new to the EYFS Profile or are just keen to refresh their knowledge and boost confidence around making accurate assessments.

You will have the opportunity to look closely at the statutory requirements associated with the EYFS Profile.

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

Rochford District Childminders - a story of good practice

Rochford District child minders

A group of childminders from the Rochford district got together for a session developing fine and gross motor skills to aid good control for skills such as writing and cutting in children aged 1-4. The activities included balancing along a line to develop core balance, driving a car along the line to help with fine motor skills and balancing a ball in a scoop to encourage balance and coordination. The children were all energised and engaged and learned a lot about taking it turns as well.

What a fantastic idea for encouraging collaboration and development in a fun way!

We love hearing about activities like this that are going on across the county, so please send us your stories to workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

Free Oral Health Training from Community Dental Services

Teeth Brushing

With Dental decay on the rise and shocking statistics at present with 25% of under 5s needing dental treatment or tooth extraction, oral health has never been so highlighted. Tooth decay is the main reason for hospital admissions for 5-9 year olds so oral health training is an essential role in the reduction of tooth decay. By working together, we can educate our parents and children of the importance of dental hygiene, diet, links to general health and dental check ups.

After the training

After receiving the Oral Health training from Community Dental Services you will be able to educate your parents and children on a regular basis the importance of oral health and as well as reducing the risks to general health. We then can hopefully reduce the amount of days off from pupils that are suffering as a result of poor oral hygiene and dental decay.

For more information on this free training please contact Emma Gunner Oral Health Improvement Manager at Emma.Gunner@cds-cic.co.uk or Claire Hobbs Oral health Improvement Practitioner on Claire.hobbs@cds-cic.co.uk.

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. 

EYFS Conferences - Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the conferences arranged in March have been postponed. We will be rescheduling them in the summer term, details 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.