Early Years Bulletin 25.02.2019

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25 February 2019

Online safeguarding: Early Years

The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) has published guidance to help early years settings managers and practitioners ensure that their online safeguarding practice is in line with statutory requirements and best practice. The guidance includes: a checklist of current statutory guidance with key questions to help early years managers reflect and evidence their existing practice; and resources which can be used by practitioners in early years settings to safeguard children, parents and themselves as professionals online.

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from online abuse

Free phonics roadshow event

Please see details below of a free phonics roadshow event to be held at St Swithun's Catholic Primary School on Thursday 21 March. (Appropriate for Year R only).

Register your attendance here

Free Phonics Roadshow Event

Invite for early years engagement events - curriculum workshops

As you know, Ofsted are developing a new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) for September 2019. They launched the formal consultation on their proposals in January 2019. You can let them know what you think about their proposals for early years by completing the on-line consultation. The consultation is open until 5 April.

HMCI is clear that the ‘curriculum’, the educational choices we make for children, will be at the heart of the new framework. Ofsted use that word in the current early years inspection handbook, but have come up with a working definition so we are clear about what this means.

  • The EYFS (educational programmes) provides the curriculum framework that leaders build on to decide what they intend children to learn and develop.
  • Leaders and practitioners decide how they will implement the curriculum so children make progress in the seven areas of learning – they will keep their definition of ‘teaching’.
  • Leaders and practitioners evaluate the impact of the curriculum by checking what children know and can do. 

Ofsted recently focused a training session for inspectors on what the ‘curriculum’ means for early years. Ofsted's serving practitioner inspectors told them they found this useful and thought provoking. Therefore, Ofsted are keen to share this session with local authorities and registered early years providers as well as answer some questions you may have about our proposals for the EIF.

Ofsted would like to invite you to attend one of their Early Years Curriculum Workshops, which are taking place on various dates and locations. All details, including timings, can be found during registration. 

Here is the agenda for this 2 ½ hour workshop.

  • What does the ‘curriculum’ mean for early years?
  • Distinguishing the ‘curriculum’ from teaching and assessment.
  • What is knowledge? (considering the building blocks of knowledge children need to learn)
  • Proposals for the new EIF – the quality of education.
  • Busting some of those ‘myths’ about inspection.
  • Questions.

Please register for these events here

Portsmouth's first Restorative Practice Conference

Please see details below of a City Wide Restorative Conference to be held at Fratton Park on Tuesday the 2 April 2019. This ground-breaking event is a major step towards the big vision of a Restorative Portsmouth.

Purchase your Tickets here


Message from Portsmouth Academy Training and Learning Centre

With immediate effect, please can all course attendees/visitors arrive at the back of the school, where the Training and Learning Centre is situated and not at the main school entrance. All attendees arriving at the main school reception will be asked to go to the back of the school.

'Book now' training (limited spaces available)


Fantastic Phonics - Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds - Wednesday 27 February 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road

Finders Keepers - Recruiting and retaining practitioners - Tuesday 5 March 2019, 9.30am - 12.00pm, Civic Offices, Conference Room A, 2nd Floor, Guildhall Sqaure

Amazing Adults - The role of adults in child-initiated learning - Thursday 7 March 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road

View the full Early Years Training and Development Programme 2018-19 here

SENCo Cluster

Are you ready for a child with special educational needs or disability to join your setting?

Is your SEND policy current, relevant and up to date?

Do you know about the Portsmouth Local Offer?

Whether you currently have a child with SEND in your setting or not, the SENCo Network Cluster is relevant to you.

Come along to our FREE of charge SENCo Network Cluster Meeting;

Date: Monday 11 March 2019

Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm or 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Venue: The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road, PO1 5PF

Enquiries to eyworkforce@portsmouthcc.goc.uk

Book now

Seminar on alternative ways to teach reading


Structure, logic and meaning; a route to reading and spelling

Date: Monday 25 March 2019

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Venue: Civic Offices, Conference Room A, 2nd Floor

Audience: Year R and Early Years Practitioners

Did you know that only 56% of words can be spelt using phonic rules? How do we support children to spell the remaining words? This seminar will explore the elements of phonology, morphology, etymology and form rules to support our understanding of how children learn to read.

£55 members. £60 non-members. Early-bird discount: Book your place(s) before 28 February get £20 off.

Book now

Portsmouth Early Years Conference 2019

The Power of Play - Ensuring challenge and progression through play

Date: Saturday 29 June 2019

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street

Key note speaker: Kym Scott   

Areas of expertise:

  • Child led learning and quality interactions
  • Early reading and early writing
  • Leading improvement in the early years
  • Developing quality learning environments

This year's early years conference will be embracing the crucial theme of play. The conference workshops will focus on developing ideas to achieve high levels of engagement in child initiated play. The vital role of the adult in supporting play and challenging children to achieve is a theme that will run through each workshop.

One FREE place option for members.

Workshops will include:

  • How to improve children's outcomes through supporting and extending play in the EYFS
  • Planning for Play - supporting children with SEND                                                                      
  • Let's get physical - physical development in play                                                                       
  • High expectations, high aspirations - challenging children to be the best they can be

£72 for additional member places. £90 non-members.

Book 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. Contact us on 023 9284 1974.

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