In case you missed it! Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner newsletter - issue 27

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Welcome to the 27th issue of the EYFS Practitioner newsletter.

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Help for parents to buy food and milk (Healthy Start Scheme)

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The NHS have rolled out an initiative to help pregnant women and vulnerable children access the nutritious food they need to keep healthy and active.

Expectant mothers will qualify for the scheme if they are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child that’s under four, and are in receipt of certain benefits (full list can be found on the website).

If you are aware of parents in your setting that this scheme could support, you could:

  • Suggest that they speak to their midwife or health visitor about the Healthy Start Scheme
  • Signpost them to their nearest Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service hub for more information
  • Call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823
  • Share the link to the website.

Carrying out effective risk assessments

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8 November 2021 9:30am - 12pm virtual course

Each child and every adult using your provision has the right to feel safe and secure. Assessing the risks in your environment is an important part of this; it involves you identifying potential hazards and considering any actions which may need to be taken to minimise the risk that they pose.

This workshop will help support senior staff to effectively complete generic and other specific risk assessments

Please book your place via Education Essex Online Booking System.

The revised EYFS - assessment

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The revised EYFS becomes statutory from September and we have had queries from providers regarding assessment documentation. Accurate assessment enables practitioners to support children’s learning and respond to their fascinations and interests.

Assessment should not entail prolonged breaks from interactions with children and excessive paperwork. When assessing children, practitioners should use their knowledge of the child and their professional judgement. Paperwork should be limited to that which is necessary to promote children’s learning and development.

High quality assessment focusses on what children can do, understand and where there are gaps; consider what is going to be useful for you to support your key children make progress and be successful learners.

Ofsted does not have a preferred method of how settings assess children’s progress. Inspectors will want to find out about the story of a child – what they knew and could do when they started at the provision, what they can do now, how you got them there and what your plans are, so they are ready for their next stage in learning.

You may find these resources helpful:

Phil Minns - HMI Inspector, talks about assessment and curriculum planning.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Ofsted requirements and expectations

Safeguarding forum

While protective measures remain in place, both autumn term 2021 Safeguarding Forums for EYFS settings will now be held as online sessions.

These forums will still be held on 5 October 2021, with a morning or afternoon session to choose from.

 Please book your place via Education Essex Online Booking System.

Safeguarding training bundle

The safeguarding training arrangements for EYFS settings have recently been reviewed. Information was shared in issue 26.

In summary, all staff within a setting must have level two training, at least annually. The safeguarding lead must have level three training.  

We are offering a discount bundle for Safeguarding level two training for Essex early years and childcare education establishments (including childminders with assistants).

If you book three or more staff members from one setting on to any level two training date taking place between 1 Sept 2021 and 31 March 2022 through the Essex Education Online Booking system, a discount will be automatically applied to your shopping basket once delegates have been assigned to their chosen dates. 

Staff members do not all have to attend the same training date. You can add multiple bookings across multiple dates to your shopping bag and the discount will still be applied.

Safeguarding level two training is currently £69 per person.

There are two discounts available:

  1. 20% discount for settings who book between 3 - 9 staff members 
  2. 25% discount for settings who book 10+ staff members. 

 Please book your place via Education Essex Online Booking System.

If you are interested in booking in-house Safeguarding level two training for your setting, pleaseemail

Trauma Perceptive Practice virtual conference

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After the success of our first conference in 2020, we are delighted that the Trauma Perceptive Practice (TPP) conference is returning for a second year.

This year, we are proud to be joined again by leading author and practitioner, Louise Bomber, as our keynote speaker. Louise’s wealth of knowledge and experience will inspire us to consider how we can support children and young people who have experienced adversity.

We are also now able to share some of the learning from the first year of TPP as the Essex approach to understanding behaviour and supporting emotional wellbeing. We will be hearing about the difference TPP is making and providing focused workshops to learn about the experiences and impact from a range of schools/settings already engaged in TPP.

For more information and to book your place, visit Education Essex Online Booking System.

Need to know!

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On our Essex Education online booking system, registers close one week before the training takes place. So if you have your eye on some upcoming training, please make sure you secure your place in plenty of time!

One Planning

One Planning is the approach taken in Essex to enact the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice. It is a way of completing the graduated approach (assess, plan, do, review) in a person-centred way. 

This free training introduces staff working in educational settings to One Planning and to a range of resources and materials to support One Planning. 

Various dates are available.

Please book your place via Education Essex Online Booking System.

Information governance

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Data Protection is a legal requirement and our Information Governance Services (Essex County Council) understand that the world of Data Protection can be confusing for organisations. We are here to simplify that for you.

We have been delivering Data Protection services since 2017.  We developed our award winning traded service to support schools in getting to grips with the change to data protection legislation, and we are now extending this to early years settings. Please visit the Early years and childcare website for more information.

Role of the playworker

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Wednesday 17 November 2021 9:30 - 11:30am – virtual

We are excited to offer a new training opportunity for practitioners working within an out of school provision.

Practitioners will explore and share good practice around planning, and managing children’s self-regulation.

The training will enable you to:

  • Understand the role of a playworker
  • Understand how to organise an ongoing play environment for out of school children
  • Understand the roles and the responsibilities of being a key person
  • Outline the criteria for OFSTED.

For more information and to book your place, please visit Education Essex online booking system.

Training opportunities

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The following topics are an example of some of the training opportunities available on Education Essex online booking system.


Early years SEND revised ways of working

06 September 2021 3 – 4:30pm

06 September 2021 5 – 6:30pm 

08 September 2021 10:30am - 12pm

These sessions will provide managers and SENCOs (PVIs and childminders) and those working within the Early Years to start to become familiar with the documents that have been devised following on from the EY Reforms and can be used as part of the graduated approach – SEND code of practice 0-25 years (2015) 

Stepping into management course

Monday 1 and Monday 15 November 9:30am - 12pm (delegates must attend both sessions).

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.

Effective room leader course

Friday 22 October and Friday 12 November 9:30am - 12pm (delegates must attend both sessions).

This training is designed to help room leaders develop their knowledge and leadership skills. You will explore different strategies to support your team, including new and existing staff members.


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