Early Years Bulletin 09.07.2018

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Early years bulletin

9 July 2018

Workforce Development


Upcoming workshops

Moving on up - Transition Year R to Year 1 (Year 1 Teachers) - Paid for workshop
10 July, 4.00pm - 6.00pm, Civic Offices, Conference Room A, 2nd Floor

How to Create and Monitor an Effective Induction Tool - Paid for workshop
11 July, 9.30am - 12.00pm, Civic Offices, Conference Room A, 2nd Floor

Over 5's Practitioners Meeting - Summer Term 2018 - Free under the universal offer
17 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Training & Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road

Childminder Forum - Free under the universal offer
18 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Training & Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road

Book your place now!

Training and Development Programme - 2017/2018

For 2017/2018 Training and Development Programme packages, all entitlement must be used up by 31 August 2018. This includes both workshops and visits. There is no option to carry any unused workshops or visits over to next year. 

Training and Development Programme - 2018/2019

Remember, to pay instalments you must log in to the Services Network website  and return your direct debit form to us by 31 July 2018. If you wish to pay in full, please purchase on the Services Network after 31 July 2018 and you will be invoiced the following month for the full amount. 


Portsmouth Local Offer website

Don't forget to continue to signpost your parents to the Portsmouth Local Offer website. There is a wealth of information on the website to support families if they have a child with Special Educational Needs or a Disability.

Click here to find information relating to the Early Years Panel, Education Health and Care Plans and a range of other services. 


Thanks from the Secretary of State

We recently received a letter from Damian Hinds MP,  Secretary of State for Education, expressing thanks for the support that has been given to the 30 hours programme.

'The ongoing dedication across the early years and childcare programmes continues not only to support early development but also to let families keep more of what they earn and ensure they aren’t held back in their careers due to childcare barriers.The delivery of 30 hours has been an outstanding success with 294,000 children in a 30 hours place in the spring term and over 377,000 codes issued for the summer term. There’s no doubt that delivering 30 hours, coupled with the implementation of funding reforms, has been both ambitious and challenging'. 

He goes on to say, 'I want to put on record my thanks to your teams, who have stepped up to that challenge and worked so constructively with the sector and our delivery partner, Childcare Works, to deliver this important support for working families'.

The strong partnerships we enjoy with our Early Years providers has supported the delivery of this programme and as we move into the second year we will be looking to build on what we have learnt.

The Department for Education is reviewing how the first year has gone, and are seeking advice from local authorities about how they can make further improvements to processes and better embed the 30 hour offer. If you have any suggestions then please e-mail fis@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Update on 30 hours eligibility for foster children


From September 2018, the Department for Education will be extending 30 hours free childcare to children in foster care under certain circumstances. We are working with the Fostering Team to develop a local process to support this change and will update you once this has been finalised. Foster parents applying for 30 hours for their birth children should continue to use The Childcare Service



The Early Years and Childcare Team attended the Toy Library Picnic on Clarence Field on 19 June. They spoke to parents about early education funding and becoming a childminder - answering queries and signposting to our Facebook pagewebsite, and Childcare Choices.

During the summer we are working on increasing the information we share on Facebook. Why not like and share our page or share our posts to help us to reach as many families in Portsmouth as possible. In return we will like your page and can share your posts too.

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NEW VERSION: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

The revised version of this statutory guidance was issued on 4 July - click here to read/download.

The changes to the document were consulted upon, and can be seen in detail here.

Please make sure you adopt this version immediately. Although the EYFS currently refers to the 2015 version, Ofsted would expect you to be aware of and referring to the most current statutory guidance.

GDPR Myth Buster


Many myths are circulating about GDPR. We hope these top five myths will help you navigate through the changes:

1.       We can't put children's names or photos on coat pegs any more.

GDPR is concerned with keeping personal data that is stored in a systematic way (e.g. on computer or in a filing system) secure. A display of children's work is not personal data, no matter who can see it. Only forenames would be necessary for these purposes so carry on as you are!

2.       Displays of children's work and WOW boards can't have names on.

This is the same as for Myth 1 above - just use forenames and carry on!

3.       All staff files have to have their surnames removed before archiving.

HR file storage should always be secure and records kept confidential, and retention policies continue to apply in the same way as before. You do not need to remove surnames as there is a justifiable reason why the records need to be stored with full names. For example, if a future safeguarding/conduct issue was investigated, you may need to access the file and would need to be sure it was the right record.

4.       We can't display dietary or allergy information of individual children.

The health and well-being of children is paramount, but you have to protect personal data. So you can display the information but be discreet and maybe stick it inside of a cupboard door rather than in full view of anyone who happens to enter the room.

5.       We can't take children's learning journeys or other records home to work on.

Paperwork can be taken home as long as you have permission from your manager to do so, and that the documents are transported safely and securely (i.e. not left in the car while you go shopping, or left overnight).

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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