Early Years Bulletin 29.04.2019

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29 April 2019

Supporting children learning English as an additional language


Early Years and Childcare and EMAS have created a guidance document with the following aims:

• To support practitioners in welcoming new arrivals into their early years settings

• To develop understanding of strategies to support and develop language skills

• To provide guidance on the developmental stages of the acquisition of English

• To support partnership working between parents, bilingual learning assistants and early years practitioners.

The document is available on the Services Network website under 'universal resources'.

View the guidance document here

Childminders moderation workshop

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Venue: The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy

This is an opportunity for childminders to come along to a universal workshop focusing on moderation.

We will explore the 30-50 month moderation tool that is available for practitioners to use and access some prepared materials which show children working in different developmental stages.

Please do bring along any evidence (with parents' permission to share or anonymised) to share of children you would like to discuss and their developmental stages. We can work together to agree judgements and consider the next steps of learning before children move on to school.

This workshop is part of our pre-school moderation programme, so the focus will be on the developmental stages of children moving into school, but if you have any younger children you would like to discuss, please do so.

To access this workshop, you MUST email eyinclusion@portsmouth@portsmouthcc.gov.uk to reserve your place.

Getting to good learning set - Summer term


Date: Tuesday 7 May 2019

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Venue: The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy

This learning set is for early years providers who currently have a grading of less than good, or new providers yet to have their first inspection. The agenda will focus on recent local Ofsted themes and recommendations and how to develop your provision to meet the requirements to achieve Good or better. A member of the Early Years team will facilitate discussion and practice sharing.


  • Understand which aspects of your provision to focus on to help you achieve at least a Good outcome at your next inspection
  • Be aware of key themes and recommendations emerging from recent inspections
  • Be equipped with a range of tools and templates to help you prepare for Ofsted questions, observations and discussions.

Book your place

New to the EYFS programme - five part course

Starting: Monday 20 May

This programme is designed to increase new practitioners’ knowledge of the EYFS learning and development requirements and to develop practice in their early years setting. It is aimed at individuals new to the early years workforce, unqualified childminders and practitioners in group based settings.

Session 1 – Understanding the EYFS learning and development requirement

Session 2 – OAP – Understanding observation, assessment and planning

Session 3 – COEL – Explore the Characteristics of effective learning

Session 4 – Effective interactions

Session 5 – Support to implement learning set

Use five of your workshop places, or £175 standalone payment for members.

Booking deadline: Friday 3 May 2019

Book your place

Over 5's practitioners meeting - Summer term


Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Venue: The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy

Do you work with children aged over 5 years old? This meeting will enable play practitioners working with our over 5's in after school clubs, holiday clubs, childminding settings and in school settings to come together to receive updates and training to support them in their role.


  • Have an opportunity to network with other practitioners working with over 5's
  • To receive input and training to support your own development (different topic each term including local and national updates)
  • To have new ideas to take back to your own setting (different topic each term).

Book your place

Do you hear what I say? Ensuring the voice of the child is heard, captured and acted upon in your setting

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Venue: The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy

Research has indicated that children's views are often not included or considered when making decisions.

Covering a range of situations such as planning, observations and assessments (including early help assessments) and self-evaluation, this practical course looks to enhance and equip early years practitioners with skills and insights into how the child's view can be effectively included in their setting.


  • Understand the background legislation and Ofsted recommendations for ensuring the voice of the child is heard
  • Be able to identify practical and useful techniques for ensuring the voice of the child is heard in your setting
  • Have ideas how to engage with and incorporate the voice of babies and children with additional needs.

Book your place

Information for parents - The effects of playing video games on children and young people


Many parents worry about their children getting into trouble at school and showing angry behaviour. They also worry about their children getting into fights with other children and possibly getting into trouble with the police. They may try to get help with these difficulties but sometimes don’t consider that there are other influences that can make a difference. Recent research suggests that in order to help keep young people safe and healthy, parents can play a key role in managing their children’s use of video and internet games. Children are still developing evaluation skills  and will often need the help of responsible adults to help them make decisions about what games to play. 

View CAMHS leaflet here

Nuffield Foundation research trial

Do you know a toddler who is struggling to talk? Group learning sessions for parents and children could help and a team are recruiting families in Portsmouth now to trial these. These sessions, for pre-schoolers, aim to enhance language skills before school to give all children the best possible start in life. It's free and will be a friendly, supportive environment. We'd appreciate you promoting this to any relevant families.

Find out more

Transition to school


Transfer records 

Please complete and send to schools by Friday 12 July 2019. These will be available on the Portsmouth City Council website and on the Services Network website under 'universal resources' from Monday 13 May, but please complete as close to the point of transfer as possible. 

Annual citywide transition meeting

Date: Thursday 16 May 2019

Time: 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Venue: The Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy

Book your place

Opportunity for moderation before the transition meeting

1.30pm - 3.00pm - please bring along your learning journeys and moderate alongside one of the EYATs/QSOs. Please email eyinclusion@portsmouthcc.gov.uk so that we know you are coming along early and would like to take part in moderation discussions.

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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