Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 16

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Welcome to the sixteenth issue of the EYFS Practitioner newsletter.


We want to hear from you ... are the courses what you need?

Any suggestions welcome as 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.

Role of the Mental Health practitioner

mental health

Following on from our successful previous face to face courses we are pleased to offer a new exciting way to gain the knowledge needed for this role. We now have an approach to involve your whole setting so that they can all gain the knowledge. It encompasses the forthcoming changes to EYFS and the impact of COVID-19 on practice

What can I expect from this training? 

Part 1: Understanding young children’s behaviour (35 mins) and Part 2: The practitioner as an emotionally available adult (45 mins). Parts 1 and 2 are together as one workshop.

Part 3 Relationship-based provision (1 hour).This is a separate workshop (from Parts 1 and 2) and is in two sections.

How will this work? Your whole team can access the training throughout a chosen day. Your setting can choose a date that suits you and your setting with an additional tailored follow up support from the tutor. Alternatively we can offer this training on an individual basis also.

Here's some of the feedback from settings who have already attended this training:

‘This course has really changed my view in a positive way’

‘Absolutely fantastic; informative and entertaining – using what we have learned ourselves today – already!’ 

For any more information on what's covered in each part and how to book your setting on to this course click here.

Training available this Autumn term


Stepping into management webinar - This training will support practitioners in early years settings to make a smooth transition into a management role including recognising the change in expectations and responsibilities.

In the session you will consider if there is a difference between leadership and management and look at how you may need to differentiate the skills and approaches to get the best from your team. 

Brilliant babies - An opportunity to reflect upon how we develop authentic relationships, with babies and toddlers through effective interactions. Working with Babies and toddlers is amazing but it requires a particular skill set and an ability to follow non-verbal cues and hold children in mind. Also including:

  • Identify the challenges and delights of working with 0 to 2s in day care
  • Understand the basics of the developing emotional brain of 0 to 2s
  • Reflect on the emotional role of the practitioner including containment theory
  • Consider the emotional well-being of babies and how best to support resilience
  • Reflection on quality interactions and what impact these have on babies and toddlers learning dispositions.

Baby Room Leader - This course will help baby room leaders to drive high quality practice within under twos provision.

To find out more information about each of these courses, the dates and amazing value please visit our training programme.

What level of Safeguarding training do you need?


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!

Further dates for the autumn term, including more Saturdays are available now for Safeguarding Level 2 training.  These will be offered via webinar sessions. Visit our training programme to make your booking. 

Autism Education Trust


Early Years Good Autism Practice course this course aims for attendees to develop a solid understanding of autism combined with practical strategies and resources for all practitioners working directly with autistic children in early years settings. This includes teachers, SENCos, childminders and nursery nurses/assistants. 

This training will:

  • Enable practitioners to develop their knowledge and understanding of good autism practice
  • Provide guidelines and activities to help practitioners to improve their practice when caring for or working with a child on the autism spectrum
  • Introduce practitioners to the Early Years Autism Competency Framework to evaluate and develop how they work

To book onto this course for your relevant quadrant please look at our training programme.

EYFS safeguarding forum now virtual

Back in April 2020 this was cancelled and we are now able to confirm the new date of Wednesday 21 October 2020 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm which is free of charge and will be held virtually. Book your place today here. 

Trauma Perceptive Practice (TPP)

Essex SEND Strategy & Innovation has developed a universal training offer called Trauma Perceptive Practice (TPP) to support schools and settings in understanding children’s behaviour and supporting their emotional wellbeing.  Grown from current research and evidence-based practice, it is a whole setting approach and will be delivered as workshops involving both leaders and whole staff team.   

Research suggests that adverse childhood experiences of one kind or another can contribute in a significant way to adult disease, various attainment gaps and a range of social, emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties. 

The core values of TPP are compassion, kindness, hope, connection and belonging. By ensuring these values are embedded within our early years practice we can support all children not just those who have experienced or are experiencing childhood trauma. Becoming trauma perceptive helps us to understand how to effectively support whilst enabling us to create safe places where all children can flourish, become resilient and learn.

For expressions of interest please contact: tpp@essex.gov.uk

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 FEEEQueries@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.