Early Years Bulletin: Purchase the 10 recommended read, free multi-agency training from Stop Domestic Abuse, citywide annual transition meeting, supporting parents and practitioners during the war in Ukraine

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Early years bulletin

18 May 2022


The Schools Library Service are able to purchase the 10 recommended reads for Early Years Settings at a price of £60 per set. The books are all paperback picture books and will come with plastic jackets to help protect the books for longer. 

If you would like to purchase a set, please fill in this order form. This must be returned by 27 May.


If you would like to find out more about the 'Read With Me' Project, please email ella.harbut@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or register your interest in taking part by emailing.


Stop Domestic Abuse are continuing to deliver the Combined Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse training for professionals working in Portsmouth. The training is designed for any professional working with the public or those at risk of domestic abuse and further information can be found on the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

  • 15 June: 9.30am - 4.30pm (waiting list only)
  • 4 July: 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • 13 September: 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • 10 October: 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


We have managed to acquire some more, but limited spaces for the citywide annual transition meeting on 16 June at Portsmouth Academy training centre. Please book your place as soon as possible so we can then update schools who will be attending.

Find out more and book your place here


Family visa scheme 

The family visa scheme allows applicants to join family members in the UK – there is more information on the PCC website. If you are aware that family members have arrived to stay with Ukraine nationals already living in Portsmouth and they require advice on the support that may be available, please email ukrainesupport@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Homes for Ukraine scheme

There is information for any families looking to offer to host Ukrainian families on the PCC website. Please note we have become aware of this potentially conflicting with childminder registrations as all people aged over 16 living in the household where a childminder is registered will need a disclosure and barring check (DBS) and depending on the documentation available this may not be possible resulting in the childminder having to resign their registration or the family having to be re-homed and facing further upheaval if a DSC check cannot be carried out if their original documentation from Ukraine cannot be traced.

Two year old funding applications

Any two year old applications from families arriving from Ukraine will be processed in line with the current criteria. We have not been informed by the Department for Education of any exceptional criteria that we can apply. Our Early Years Funding Outreach Officers, Kerry and Tracey can offer additional support to families to complete the two year old funding application, and also to find an early years provider.

For more information about how to help, visit the Portsmouth City Council website. You may also find these resources useful: Kids Clothes Line: Helping families dress their kids, Baby Basics Portsmouth.

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