Early Years Bulletin: Special offer, neurodiversity profiling tool, national professional qualifications announcement, supporting children from refugee and asylum seeking families in EYFS settings webinar, mental health questionnaire

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Early years bulletin

29 June 2022


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A new tool to support a child or young person showing signs of neuro-developmental needs is being launched in Portsmouth, following a successful trial with 50 families between March 2021 to April 2022.

The Neurodiversity (ND) Profiling Tool is the first step in identifying neurodiversity within children and young people aged 0-19. It assesses nine developmental strands of a child or young person and suggests types of strategies that can be put in place to help manage those needs in different areas of life - such as at home, at their Early Years setting, school or college, and in the community. The process of completing the profile is done jointly with a trained professional alongside the child or young person, if appropriate, and their family.

From 1 July 2022, the ND Profiling Tool will replace the current referral process to request a ND clinical assessment. Instead, trained professionals will be required to complete the ND Profiling Tool in the first instance. This will mean no long waits for a full ND assessment (currently at 18+ months) and children and young people will be provided with strategies to help them manage their needs with the support of their family and education settings.

Anyone working with children and young people aged 0-19 and those who currently complete referrals for ND assessments (to either CAMHS or CMPS) will be required to complete the profiling training as soon as possible.

If you would like to complete the training in order to support families in completing the ND Profiling Tool, please send your full name and job title to sharedmailbox.sendstrategy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk and you will receive the training details.

The ND Profiling Tool has been co-produced by Portsmouth City Council in partnership with Portsmouth Parent Voice, Dynamite and partners across education, health, social care, and early years. It is delivered through Health and Care Portsmouth.


The Department for Education (DfE) has announced updated funding eligibility criteria for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), the launch of the NPQs in Leading Literacy and Early Years Leadership and the reopening of the DfE’s digital service.

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Many of our educational settings are currently welcoming children who have recently arrived in the UK and who come from Refugee or Asylum seeking families. During this webinar, we will consider some of the practical implications for families and professionals and inclusive approaches to welcoming them into Early Years settings.

11 July 2022

10.00am - 11.00am

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https://www.research.net/r/RTF6Q6SThis questionnaire has been designed to collect information from a broad group of people working in health, primary care, social care, public health, housing and VCSE. This list is not exhaustive. If you believe you work with people experiencing mental health challenges please could you complete the questionnaire. It is hoped that the data collected will enable Portsmouth City Council to gather an understanding of the present skills set of the workforce supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people to target training to any identified gaps. All responses will be kept anonymous under GDPR and Data Protection Act (2018). The survey will be closed on 2 August 2022If you have any questions or comments about the research, please email Jemma Jones (Skills for Health) at jemma.jones@wdtrust.org.uk

Thank you in advance for investing your time in completing the questionnaire.

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