Early Years Bulletin 18.06.2018

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Early Years Bulletin

18 June 2018

Be 'SunSmart' in the Summer Sun!


Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun. View our updated sun safe document for top tips for protecting children in the sun, recommendations to include in your policy and links to further information and advice.  

View document here

Training venues and dates

Please always refer to the Services Network website for the most accurate, up to date venue and timings of training workshops. Inevitably, published copies of the Early Years and Childcare Training and Development Programme can quickly become out of date. The website is live and can be amended at any time so we always ensure this is the most up to date information. Your booking confirmation email will also detail the confirmed venue and time of booked workshops and courses. 

Updated Parental Declaration Form

The Parental Declaration Form has been updated to be GDPR compliant. Please use the new version.

View form here 

Positive feedback on Health Visiting Service



Whilst attending a Locality Network Meeting a Health Visitor was pleased to receive some really positive feedback on their service. While reporting on the roll out of the new ECHO programme, a Nursery Manager noted that they have noticed an improvement in the communication between Health Visitors and the nursery. They noted that within two weeks of a child starting at the Nursery, the Health Visitor had already contacted them and commenced joint working.  


This is really great news to hear and a timely reminder of the changes Health Visiting are making to their delivery and the opportunities they present for greater integration between them and early years providers! 

Health Visiting Service update


Universal Offer

Portsmouth Health Visiting service has recently introduced some changes in the way the service is being delivered. All families will continue to receive the five mandated contacts as part of the Healthy Child Programme from pre-birth to 2 - 2.5 years from the Health Visiting Team.

The first two contacts, one in the antenatal period and one in the first few weeks of baby’s life will continue to be offered at family homes. The following three contacts, at 6 - 8 weeks of age, 1 year and 2 - 2.5 years will be offered as an appointment at a local Family Hub in the city.

Currently demand for these appointments is high and we are working to adapt our invite letter to sign post families where they have no concerns about their child’s development to our new website which links to the Wessex Healthier together website which is full of helpful information for both parents and professionals.

The service has also launched a new text messaging service called Solent Pulse. Parents can use text service Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm. Download the poster here.

Another useful digital resource for parents is the Baby Buddy free app that guides you through pregnancy, birth, parenting and beyond.

As Early Years providers, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Visiting Service if you have any concerns about a child's development or you feel extra support is required.

The new contact number for the Health Visiting Service is 0300 123 6629.

The Health Visiting Team will continue to work with families outside of these contacts if there is a need for extra help and support at any time from pre-birth to 5 years with help and advice around areas such as sleep, behaviour, toileting, healthy eating etc.

Targeted Offer

The service has also commenced delivery of an enhanced service called ECHO (Enhanced Child Health Visiting Offer) to all families who need extra support and help as part of the wider city 0 - 19 Early Help and Prevention Team.

ECHO is a bespoke, locally developed, evidence based programme of intensive home visiting of up to 30 contacts, delivered from pregnancy until approx. 3 years of age.

The aim of the project is to build relationships with families to enable high challenge and high support to improve the life chances of children in Portsmouth.

Interventions will be delivered in an intensive way to support and enable families to undertake the change required.

The Health Visitor will be the family’s Lead Professional and will draw a Team Around the Worker as required.

As Early Years providers, if you feel a child would benefit from this service please either speak directly to a Health Visitor or you can refer to the 0 - 5 Early Help and Prevention Team via MASH.

Melanie Ellard, Modern Matron

Health Visiting Service

The NEW Early Years and Childcare Training and Development Guide is here!


Please take a little time to read through the brochure, there is lots of new information and we have improved and enhanced our offer for 2018/19. There are four packages to consider this time. Package four is designed exclusively for childminders.


If you decide to purchase a package, please note the following;

Existing members

Your current membership is for the 2017/18 programme ends on 31 August 2018. Please ensure you have used all your entitlement up by then. No workshops or visits can be carried over. 

New members

Please complete the direct debit mandate which was sent to you earlier this month and return to 'Accounts Receivable' at Portsmouth City Council as soon as possible. You must return the direct debit mandate and log on the Services Network website and purchase your package by Tuesday 31 July 2018 to enable monthly payments. Please email us if you have any log-in issues or need us to email you a direct debit mandate.


When purchasing a package or training from the Services Network website, please ensure you 'check out' of your shopping basket to confirm your purchase. Packages purchased after 31 July will be charged in full. You will be invoiced twice. Once in September and once in April. Please note that this is not how you will be charged, payments will come out monthly in equal instalments if you have purchased by 31 July 2018.



Workshop costs

Chargeable workshops are detailed in the training and development programme with the full-price cost of £45. Members can use their workplace place allowance from their chosen package. Once all of the workshops places have been used, members can continue to purchase workshop places at the discounted members price of £40.


Please be aware that two-part courses such as 'Maths Makes Sense' are chargeable per delegate per session. For example for a non-member, the total cost to attend both sessions is £90. 


Services Network Website

As you know, all training (including the universal offer) and onsite contact requests must be booked via the Services Network website. Every Portsmouth registered childcare provider has a log in. If you have forgotten your log in details or have any issues with logging in, please email traded.services@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. The website has been improved and made clearer. This video has been designed to show you how to log into the Services Network website.


For any enquiries regarding the new Early Years and Childcare Training and Development Programme, please email eyworkforce@portsmouthcc.gov - we are always happy to help.


Purchase your packages now!


Remember, you can purchase your packages now if you want to spread the cost, there's no need to wait until July. If you are planning to purchase a 2018-19 package, please ensure that you do this first, then start booking in your workshops/onsite contacts.

View programme

Videos to support users - Services Network

We have devised three useful videos to support you in using the Services Network website. Please click on the links below:

Logging into the Services Network

Contacting the Early Years and Childcare Team and sending messages via the Services Network 

Purchasing a Package on the Services Network


Over 5's Practitioners Meeting - Summer term

Date: Tuesday 17 July 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm  

Venue: The Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning CentreSt Mary’s Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PF(Please note that car parking is via Cowper Road, PO1 5LD)


Who can attend?

This meeting is for all practitioners working with children aged 5 years old and over, in out of school clubs and childminding settings, including lunchtime supervisors.

What's happening?

The meeting will offer guidance and training to support you in your role and in the development of your setting.

What will be offered?

  • Local and national updates - news from the sector!
  • Opportunity to meet and share good practice with other over 5's practitioners
  • Training with a specific focus to develop practice and improve outcomes for children and their families. This term's focus is online safety.
  • A certificate of training and attendance to add to your professional development portfolio

How to book a place

Book via the Services Network Website. If you need to obtain your username and log in for the Services Network Website please email EYWorkforce@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Book your place now! 

Contact us...


The Early Years and Childcare Service have a dedicated telephone number to be used if you need to speak to a member of the team.

The number is 023 9284 1974.

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