Early Years Bulletin: DfE announcement, internet safety, upgraded Healthy Start scheme, SEND survey for young people aged 13-25, Domestic Abuse Combined Training

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Early years bulletin

22 February 2022


The Department for Education has announced that from 21 February 2022, early years settings are no longer required to notify Ofsted, or the childminder agency with which they are registered, of any COVID-19 cases in the setting, whether that is of a child or staff member. They also do not have to submit notifications for any cases that have happened in the last 14 days.

It remains a legal requirement under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework to report cases of serious illness. You should notify Ofsted as soon as practical, and in any case within 14 days of a notifiable event happening.

For information about what is classed as a notifiable event or serious incident and what to tell Ofsted, please refer to the guidance on reporting a serious childcare incident.


Find out about internet safety and how screen use impacts young children and how it can benefit them in early years settings. 

Internet safety


Please see ‘Professionals Guide’ regarding the upgraded Healthy Start Scheme.

Those unfamiliar with the scheme will find it a useful guide to the scheme and also a guide to support families to access the scheme.

  1. The paper application process for healthy start was closed to new applicants on 31 January 2022. Since early November any new applicants have been able to apply online.
  2. Existing beneficiaries are requested to re-join the scheme via gov.uk now direct to https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ to start the process.
  3. All current paper voucher beneficiaries will need to have re-applied online before the end of March 2022, to continue to get their benefit. Beneficiaries in receipt of paper vouchers have been contacted by letter twice (or email) and have also received two leaflets in their paper voucher packs with information about the new scheme and how to apply.  


Young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) can have their say on the services and support available in Portsmouth by taking part in Portsmouth City Council's annual survey in collaboration with Dynamite Portsmouth. The responses will be used to shape future services for young people and their families. Please share this with parents/carers if relevant.

Complete the survey here


Stop Domestic Abuse are running free Domestic Abuse Combined Training. This training will be delivered virtually. The training is designed for any professional working with the public or those at risk of domestic abuse.

The training aims to:  

  • Define what domestic abuse is
  • Define what domestic abuse looks like for victims, perpetrators, children and professionals
  • Increase knowledge and challenge stereotypes of victims, perpetrators, children and professionals
  • Identify types of relationships and perpetrators
  • Support you in engaging with your service users
  • Strengthen understanding of the referral pathway
  • Assist with effective safety planning and its application to your practice

3 May 2022, 9.30am - 4.30pm

15 June 2022, 9.30am - 4.30pm

13 September 2022, 9.30am - 4.30pm

10 October 2022, 9.30am - 4.30pm

1 February 2023, 9.30am - 4.30pm

7 March 2023, 9.30am - 4.30pm

If you are interested in attending this course or have any questions regarding the course, please email your details to portsmouthtraining@stopdomesticabuse.uk

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