Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 14

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Welcome to the fourteenth issue of the EYFS Practitioner newsletter.


Do our courses meet your needs? We are currently looking at our training programme for the next year, if you would like to help us plan ahead in this current time please email us with your suggestions to workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

It's back with more dates! ... are you prepared for when the children return?


 After the success of the last Ready to Learn webinar, we have added new sessions running between July and September.

On this course it explores the theory and principles behind the term 'school readiness'. It will help you grow in confidence with supporting pupils with upcoming transitions via the current hurdle of teaching remotely.

It will give you practical activities and age appropriate ways in which staff can implement a Ready to Learn approach with their setting by using household items which will 'not break the bank'. During the course you will create a kit bag that will give you the toolkit to ‘get out and about’.

We also have a range of other courses available for you to book now to help you return in September:

  • Mini Mindfulness webinar - 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.
  • WOW Factor through ICT webinar - you will reflect on current practice and gain practical hands on examples of how to develop WOW factor I.T experiences in your setting in line with responses to COVID19 

To read more about these courses and book onto one or all of them please courses click here.

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences Early Trauma Online Learning

This FREE 50 minute webinar is available as an introductory course for any setting who wishes to become a Trauma Perceived Practice (TPP) organisation/setting. It is suitable for practitioners, professionals and volunteers who work with children, young people and their families. A CPD certificate is available for those who answer 90% of the ‘knowledge check’ questions correctly.

The training can be accessed here: https://www.acesonlinelearning.com/

Recruiting? Find the right person today with this offer ...


Half year offer! Subscription for the recruitment service, from now until December 2020 for a small fee of £180

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

It has an easy to use website and adverts appear immediately. The fee enables you to advertise more than one vacancy. Get started now and find the right staff for your setting/school. 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.  

NEW Safeguarding webinars for you...


Have you and your staff completed your Safeguarding Level 2 training? We now offer this via webinar sessions for the remainder of the summer term and all throughout autumn term to our training programme to make your booking. 

Next date: Saturday 8th August available, during the summer holidays. 

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) Learning and Development page contains information on the ESCB training levels. So make sure you check it to ensure your staff have the right training they need!

Also did you know? The safeguarding level 1 free online course is now available on the ESCB website accompanied by an updated power point presentation. Both are available on the ESCB website here.

Introduction to supporting children with physical and neurological impairment (PNI)


The PNI Specialist Teaching team have put together a short 12-minute training video for preschool professionals. It is especially useful if you are a preschool and nursery SENCo or inclusion manager. This training will give you an overview of PNI, the impact it has on children’s development and where to get extra help. Afterwards, there is a short post course task to fill in so you can receive a certificate to show that you have completed the course.

Find out more about the PNI Specialist Teaching service and how to contact them for support.

September Transitions


Children may have been away from you and your familiar routines for a long time. Even settings that have strong transition practices will need to reflect on their approach this year and put into place different arrangements for children to support this unique transition. The interconnected themes of transition are:

  • Gathering and sharing of information
  • Communication opportunities and relationship building
  • Supporting emotional well-being

Good practice examples:

  • Postcards written to the children from the setting
  • Buddy systems linking new and present parents
  • Virtual tours of school classrooms and settings
  • Virtual story time sessions with the new keyperson or teacher
  • Fun tasks for the Summer
  • Visual timetable/photobook of a typical day
  • Virtual ‘home visits’
  • Online meetings with key adults for children that need more support

Keyperson and child relationships will be critical for secure transitions by rebuilding bonds and forming new attachments and time will need to be allocated to capture children’s individual experiences/cultural capital. The Early Years Education Partners (previously EYFSA) have supplied toolkits and information to support provisions to ensure children’s needs and emotional wellbeing are considered.


Talk Listen and Cuddle

TLC have a campaign for families whose children are starting school in September. We will be sharing top tips and advice on the TLC Facebook page and further information on the website about how to support children with the transition to school



How are you taking care of your emotional system?  


We should not underestimate the impact that this time is having on our own mental wellbeing. Kate Moxley in Early Years Matters reminds us of the ways we can reframe the worry and uncertainty into things we can be sure about.

We need to nurture ourselves to balance our emotional systems before we can offer this to the children in our care. If you have ever wondered about the science behind attachment take a look at this video. The Science of Emotions (TEDx) (17 mins) 


How are you taking care of your emotional system?  

Catherine Stephenson, External tutor for ECC -  cath@therapeuticteaching.uk

www.therapeuticteaching.uk - Look out for more of Catherine's courses coming soon.

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.