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14 September 2023


Please complete and return the SEND audit by 9 October. This is an audit to identify the children at your setting who require additional support for SEND. This will enable the early years inclusion team to prioritise and allocate appropriate support and guidance.

If you are a school, this only applies to children in nursery - not year R. 

Download SEND Audit


We have recently reviewed and updated the SEND pathway and SEND guidance. Take a look at the updated versions below.

View SEND pathway

View SEND guidance


Portsmouth Music Hub are excited to launch a series of CPD workshops for Early Years staff across the city. Each of the sessions will include ideas and activities which tie into their new Early Years Music framework and will cover:

  • Vocalising and singing
  • Exploring and playing
  • Hearing and listening
  • Moving and dancing
  • Using scrunchies, lycra and parachutes
  • Music and continuous provision
  • Evidence and assessment
  • The role of the adult

The first of two training sessions will be held on the following days:

20 September, Southsea Nature Nursery, 4pm - 5pm

15 November, St. John's Cathedral Catholic Primary School, 4pm - 5pm

Please use the online form to book your places at either session by Monday 18 September.


Please see Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association’s training brochure for this year at the link below. All training is provided at no charge, delivered by their expert team, and all welcome to attend. 

View brochure


Since April 2022, DBS have issued more than 1.7m Enhanced Disclosure certificates for staff and volunteers working in the education sector.

DBS achieved an average turnaround time of 9.4 days for enhanced certificates issued to education sector providers, against DBS targets to process 80% of all enhanced Disclosures within 14 days. See the press release which contains further information at the link below.  

View press release


The Department for Education has launched a short survey to seek the views of early years practitioners, teachers and school and setting leaders on assessment in the EYFS. The survey includes questions on, assessment of children with special education needs and disabilities, the early learning goals and the EYFS Profile. Feedback from the sector will help shape future policy development in this area. The survey will remain open until Tuesday 3 October.

Take the survey

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