Early Years Bulletin 17.06.2019

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Early years bulletin

17 June 2019

Headcount Forecast task Autumn 2019

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The forecast task will be available on the provider portal from 1st July 2019. In order to avoid late submissions please make sure that your current log in details are working, contact us at eyfunding@portsmouthcc.gov.uk  if you have password issues that need resolving. The deadline for submission is 5th July 2019

All providers will need to complete the task to claim early education funding for their two, three and four year olds who are registered to attend in the Autumn term. Payment will be made to providers in the first week of September based on the information you submit to us.

Please remember:

  • Parents must have completed and signed the parent declaration forms before you add children to the forecast task. You may want to consider issuing this form to parents as part of your registration process?

You can still claim funding for children who start after the submission date by adding them to the headcount actual task which will be issued in September 2019.

Volunteer led services in Family Hubs

Budgeting support

Budget Buddies provides one to one budgeting support for any family with children aged 0-19 years and living in Portsmouth. Trained volunteers can help families to write a budget and consider ways to save money and prioritise their outgoings. We are also able to offer some useful tips for managing the transition to Universal Credit if this is relevant. For more information view the poster here.

Stay and Play groups

Stay and play groups are available at the six family hubs across the city led by fully trained and DBS checked Home-Start Portsmouth volunteers. There are fourteen stay and Play groups available for families with children aged 0-5 years, incorporating free play with sensory, messy and craft activities.  We have several groups with extensive outdoor space for families who like to explore.

Buckland Family Hub hosts a group for younger children aged 0-2 years and we also have a wonderful quiet group at Northern Parade Family Hub for children with additional needs (no diagnosis required) where families can take full advantage of the sensory room and outdoor space.

You can attend most groups without booking however a few of the busiest groups are bookable through our Facebook group Portsmouth Family Hub Stay and Play groups. Our volunteers would encourage families to join the group to find out more.

View the Family Hubs timetables here

New EYP Referral Form

Please could nurseries download the new EYP referral forms direct from here. The forms are updated every now and again to ensure that the information requested on the form has all the current information required and is in compliance with the GDPR guide lines.
If access to a computer is difficult please request a new referral form from EYSP@secure.portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Are you looking to expand your childcare business?

We have been made aware that there is a nursery in the south of the city currently on the market.

Please find the link to the listing below for this exciting opportunity.


Telephone advice line

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Just a reminder that there is a telephone advice line for EY providers to access to gather advice from Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapy. You can call this number for advice regarding any child. No names need to be given and you can ask for general advice around these areas of need. Parents are also able to use the advice line.

Call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 300 2019

The therapies referral form is also available on the PCC website and can be found here https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/early-years-and-childcare/send-and-inclusion

And don't forget any queries about inclusion, feel free to email into eyinclusion@portsmouthcc.gov.uk and one of the Early Years Advisory Teachers/Area SENCOs will reply.

Social care services changes

Dear Colleagues

I am writing to let you know about some changes we have made to the management of social care services to disabled children and their families.

We have decided to integrate the management of these services within our social care locality teams and in the case of looked after children, in our "Through Care" teams. This is designed to ensure we deliver consistent, high quality support to children who need statutory social care services.  The changes have been made in consultation with the Children's Disability Team. We have also listened to what families and partner agencies have told us about the way we deliver services and we have considered the learning from the Child G learning review and Mr D adults case review findings.

The changes will take effect from 28 June. At that point the current Children's Disability Team will be disbanded as a unit from 28th June 2019. Current Children's Disability Team Social Workers and the Occupational Therapist will be incorporated into existing teams and will continue to deliver this service to children and families.  

The Service Leader role which Michael Henning-Pugh holds will not be necessary in the new structure and Michael will be leaving the Service on 28th June. Michael has worked in Portsmouth for 16 years and many children and families have benefitted from his significant experience. I know you will all wish him very well for the future. 

We are aware that families and colleagues will have been impacted by some staff shortages in the team over the last few months. Once the change has been made we are confident that families and professionals working with these families will experience increased accessibility to the teams and business support during office hours should you need to contact them.

Letters have been sent out to parents and foster carers and we anticipate these will arrive with families during the half-term week.

If you have any further questions or concerns about these arrangements please feel free to contact the child's social worker or Denise Lingham, Head of Service.

Yours sincerely

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Alison Jeffery Director of Children, Families and Education

Top Tips for Talking - June

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Please print and display June's Top Tip for Talking poster. This is available on the Services Network website under the 'resources tab'.

Download June's Top Tip

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@portsmouthcc.gov.uk  to reserve your place.

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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