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Early years bulletin

16 November 2023


Take a look at the links below from the Vision and Hearing Team including information about the team and how to request support:

Vision and Hearing Team information

Vision and Hearing Team request for support

Tips on how to support visually impaired child in early years setting

Possible signs of visual problems in young children

Developing communication and language

HI Sounds


Portsmouth City Council's Learning and Development Team offers virtual training to schools, nurseries, and pre-schools. The dates for events next year are 25 January, 11 July and 20 November. Cost per delegate is £60 though there's a discount of one free place for group bookings of three or more. They can also do an in-person session at your setting if the numbers are viable. Please email Vincent.Driscoll@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more details and to book your place.

NSPCC offer online and face to face training from £35 per delegate. For further details please visit Safer recruitment training: online & in-person | NSPCC Learning


In conjunction with the Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs programme, we are delighted to announce that The Education Endowment Foundation has today added two brand new themes to the Early Years Evidence Store focusing on early maths and early literacy. Content has been designed to support early years staff to strengthen their practice and boost learning and development. Each theme summarises evidence-informed approaches and illustrates how they could be put into practice with children in all types of early years settings. Existing themes include communication and language and personal, social and emotional development. Access the Evidence Store: here. Stronger Practice Hubs can offer support on how to use the Evidence Store within your Early Years setting. Details for each Hub can be found: here.


The Department for Education has recently published an Early Years Practitioner Wellbeing Support resource on the Help for Early Years Providers platform. The resources bring together:

  • Information on the benefits of investing in staff wellbeing in early years settings
  • Case studies from four early years settings who have shared their insights on best practice to support staff wellbeing
  • A list of external resources for early years practitioners and managers.

View the Early Years Practitioner Wellbeing Support resource


This event will feature updates from the DfE, including information on the upcoming changes to the EYFS and an overview of the findings from the Evaluation of the EYFS 2021 Reforms report.  

29 November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, online

Confirmed agenda so far:

  • DfE's overall childcare programme with Susie Owen, Director, Early Years, Childcare, Families and Analysis, DfE
  • Upcoming EYFS changes
  • The Evaluation of the EYFS 2021 Reforms: an overview of findings

Book your place


Find out about the Moriah Family Support Group which takes place every second Monday of the month (term time only).

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