Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 13

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Welcome to the thirteenth issue of the EYFS Practitioner newsletter.

Do our courses meet your needs? if not let us know your development/training needs, email workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

What does mindfulness mean in the Early Years?

mini mindfulness

Did you know that 70% of children and young people who have experienced a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age? (Mental Health Foundation UK)

With our NEW webinar ‘Mini Mindfulness’ on the 26th June 2020, it will equip your staff to support pupil’s ability to explore, express and understand what is going on in their heads and inside their bodies. You will look at ways in which mindful activities can support children in achieving a range of developmental milestones. Book your space today to avoid missing out.

Early Years Autism Education Trust: Making Sense of Autism

This 2 hour virtual training will give staff a better understanding and awareness of autism and the way it affects children in their setting.  At the end of the training all participants will be able to:

  • ​Identify the four key areas of difference that need to be taken into account when working with children on the autism spectrum
  • Know the importance of understanding the individual child and their profile of strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify the key areas to help children on the autism spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers, families and people in their community
  • Know that many children on the autism spectrum can be unusually sensitive to everyday sights, sounds, touch, tastes and smells. This can affect their learning and emotional state.

To book a FREE place on one of the sessions below, please complete the booking form

  • 10 July 2020 – 9:30am to 11:30am
  • 23 July 2020 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • 17 August 2020 – 3pm – 5pm

Whoever your're looking for, we can help ...


Enhance your recruitment search with us, using the Essex Education Recruitment Service

We can now offer a half year subscription for the recruitment service, from now until December 2020 for a small fee of £180. 

With such a small fee to pay you won't want to miss out on this offer, as we have a pool of over 35,000 potential applicants from early years to college staff.  With an easy to use website and adverts which appear immediately. Get started now and find the right staff for your setting/school.

An introduction to Children's yoga ...


Want to introduce yoga into your setting? The NEW Early Years webinar will introduce you to the variety of skills children can achieve through practising Yoga.

You will be shown a range of practical, age appropriate activities that can support staff to implement Yoga into their setting. Understand the fundamental benefits of Yoga for children and gain the confidence to put together a simple, yet fun and engaging, Yoga session all awhile exploring various relaxation techniques.

Book on this exciting new webinar today, for the 11th July 2020 before spaces go.

One Planning Training

One Planning is a way of completing the graduated approach (assess, plan, do, review) in a person-centred way. Our FREE virtual training will outline the graduated approach which ‘draws on more detailed approaches, more frequent review and more specialist expertise in successive cycles in order to match interventions to the SEN of children and young people’. SEND Code of Practice 2015 (6.44). Outcomes are at the heart of the process and are relevant across all activities in One Planning.

If you would like to attend the session being held on Tuesday 12 August 2020 from 9.30am to 11.00am please book here.

Physical and neurological impairment and pre-school settings


The Physical and Neurological Impairment Specialist Teaching (PNI ST) team is part of the PSISTS (Physical and Sensory Impairment Specialist Teaching Service). We work across Essex and can help you with meeting the needs of children with a severe physical difficulty and / or complex medical need, who meet our criteria.

We can help with physical access to the setting, adapting the activities to include children with a PNI, as well as planning for their transition to school or other PNI-related matters. We work alongside other people who support these children, such as occupational therapists, to help make sure the children have the equipment they need.

If you need support or guidance in welcoming children with a PNI into or back into your setting, please contact your specialist teacher if you already have one. If you have a new request for support, please visit the PNI page on the early years and childcare website for more information and details on how to contact us.

If I go to the dentist what will I see?


An astronaut or a superhero standing waiting for me? 

With a long flowing cape and magic gloves, we can wave bye bye to all those bugs

With an Astronaut helmet to cover our eyes, this is our Superhero disguise

It’s so special to see, have they worn this for me? Will they make a superhero of me? 

Now the secret is out and you know what our powers can do, you can be sure we will look after you. 

Our superhero disguise. Ssshhhh. Some of our superheroes without their disguise!

Author: Emma Gunner. Oral Health Improvement Manager Essex, Community Dental Services. © Community Dental Services. All rights reserved.


Training opportunities

Our new 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. 

Covid-19 Early Years and Childcare Email Communications

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown period, the Essex Early Years and Childcare Service have been sending regular email communications to all early years and childcare providers across the County.

A central information source point https://eycp.essex.gov.uk/covid19-coronavirus/ has been added to the Essex Early Years Provider website where all of these updates and associated attachments can be found for future reference. If for some reason you have not been receiving these updates and would like to be added to the distribution list, please let us know by emailing Free.EntitlementFundingQueries@essex.gov.uk


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.