Early Years Bulletin 22.07.2019

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22 July 2019

Early Years Conference 2019

The Power of Play

Early Years Bulletin

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our annual conference, on what was one of the hottest days of the year! You all contributed to making the day the success that it was. The day was introduced by Alison Jeffery, Director of Children, Families and Education, who acknowledged the commitment of the early years workforce and set out the city's ambition for Early Years.

Kim Scott, delivered an inspiring and thought provoking keynote on Ensuring challenge and progression through play, practical experience & playful learning.  Delegates found her to be 'very engaging, using first-hand experience and making all the information relevant and achievable' and told us that they 'really enjoyed the conference and the content was exactly what I was wanting guidance with'.
She also delivered workshops on Playful practitioners as playful partners, which again delegates told us were 'very inspirational and engaging', ' very knowledgeable and therefore inspiring in my role'  and 'gave me lots of ideas to refresh and improve our practice and setting'.

Delegates also enjoyed workshops on a range of themes including;

  • High Expectations, High Aspirations - challenging children to be the best they can
  • Planning for play - supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Let's get physical - physical development in play

which they reported gave them 'lots of great ideas, good workshops to choose from - was hard to choose'.

Boogie Mites got us all moving after a delicious lunch with a very lively session, and there was plenty of opportunity to browse the trade and information stands, including representatives from local colleges and university.

We are planning next year's conference so watch this space!

Portsmouth Early Years Training and Development Centre 2019-20

The recent Local Government Association Peer Review highlighted that  Portsmouth has passionate, committed and skilled people across the early years workforce. We are committed to supporting you in maintaining high standards and continuing to develop and improve.  The 2019-20 Training and development programme for Portsmouth is now live and includes everything your setting will need to grow and develop for the next year.

Universal support

Our universal offer is centrally funded (so free to you, even if you haven't purchased a membership package) and is available to every registered early years and childcare provider and early years foundation stage team within schools.

Paid for support - Support Packages

Package 1 £315 (40% saving on individual purchase as a non-member)

  • 8 workshop places (includes daytime, evening and online sessions)
  • Termly 'Spotlight on Good Practice' session (for 1 member of staff)
  • 1 onsite contact (2 hours)
  • 1 conference place
  • Access to online resources telephone and email support

Package 2 £530 (40% saving on individual purchase as a non-member)                                             

  • 16 workshop places (includes daytime, evening and online sessions)
  • Termly 'Spotlight on Good Practice' session (for 1 member of staff)
  • 1 onsite contact (2 hours)
  • 1 conference place 
  • Access to online resources telephone and email support

Package 3 £685 (45% saving on individual purchase as a non-member)        

  • 24 workshop places (includes daytime, evening and online sessions)
  • Termly 'Spotlight on Good Practice' session (for 1 member of staff)
  • 1 conference place
  • Access to online resources telephone and email support

Package 4 £120 (40% saving on individual purchase as a non-member)

(available for childminders and out of school/holiday clubs)

  • 3 workshop places (includes daytime, evening and online sessions)
  • Termly 'Spotlight on Good Practice' session (for 1 member of staff)
  • 1 conference place or 1 onsite contact (2 hours)
  • Access to online resources telephone and email support

Pay As You Use services




Universal support (outlined above)



Onsite contact - e.g. support visit / quality review



One Workshop place (2.5 hrs) - including additional places on 'Spotlight on Good Practice'



One 3 hour training onsite (e.g. PSCB Basic Safeguarding training or anything from the programme)



Bespoke 3 hour onsite workshops and training are available - ask for details and prices

From £180

From £240

One Conference Place

Early Bird £65

Normal price £80


What next?

Visit www.earlyyears.portsmouth.gov.uk to find our entire training offer for the 2019-20 academic year.

Take time to browse the packages, workshops and new offers.

Use the Quick Planning Guide to help you identify what you might need.

Contact your Quality Sufficiency Officer (Layla, Connie or Gill) to discuss your teams development needs or book on line through the website.

If you are a school please contact Ella Harbut or Sue Bowler, your Early Years Advisory Teachers to discuss how the programme can support you to develop your practice and provision and outcomes for children.

Remember, to pay instalments you must log in to the Early Years and Childcare Training and Development Centre and return your direct debit form to us by 31 July 2019.

Amendment Task - Summer 2019

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If, after you have submitted the Headcount Actual task for the summer term, you have any changes to children accessing funding, please contact the Early Years Funding Team eyfunding@portsmouthcc.gov.uk to request an amendment task. This will be issued to you via the provider portal  as soon as the process for generating the forecast payments for the autumn term is complete. The submission date for the amendment task is 9 August 2019.

Early Language and Literacy

Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and the city. Our Early Years Strategy focuses on developing a City-wide approach to language development which seeks to close the 'word gap' and improve children's readiness to engage in learning when they start school.

There are a wealth of resources available to support parents and practitioners.

The BBC’s Language and Literacy campaign has released some taster videos from their upcoming Tiny Happy People campaign. The initiative aims to empower parents and practitioners to support children's language development through a number of videos, resources and activities. The campaign is supported by a Language Advisory Group who together are ensuring the campaign is evidence based and centred on what really works to support language development.

Hungry Little Minds Campaign

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Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development.

The three-year campaign, which launched with social media and online adverts in July, aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with them are simple things they can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back.

Parents can access tips and activities from https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ and also search for activities in their area using a new postcode finder service.

Please support the campaign, you could share the content on social media, or link to the campaign website from your website, making it easier for parents to get the latest advice.

Emergency Paediatric First Aid Training

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm

Venue: Cottage Grove Primary School

Spaces are available at a cost of £40 and lunch is not provided.
For more information please contact Beckie Hughes on 023 9234 1133 or via email bhughes@cottagegrove.co.uk 

Contact us...

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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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