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Early years bulletin

15 January 2024


Take a look at the Triple P Discussion group poster for January to March 2024 at the button below. These groups are part of the universal parenting offer - there is no need for a referral. The discussion groups are suitable for primary and teenage children. There are five different discussion groups in the series. Parents can call the Family Hubs to book onto the discussion group/s which cover the issues they are having with the behaviour of their child/ren.

View the flyer here


Please help to support GP practices and pharmacies by sharing this message and poster with your families. Thank you.

GP practices and pharmacies in Portsmouth have been reporting a rise in abuse towards their staff. Receptionists and other healthcare professionals are being shouted at, sworn at and threatened. In response, Portsmouth City Council, NHS leaders, GP surgeries and pharmacies are calling on Portsmouth residents to unite behind the message that there is No Excuse for Abuse. Thankfully, the majority of people are kind and respectful to healthcare professionals, who shouldn't come to work fearing they will be abused. Please continue to encourage others to be respectful, especially at busy times when it may take longer to be seen.

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Just a reminder that following the 2023 summer consultation, regulatory changes have been made to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The changes are now live. There is now one framework for childminders and one for group and school-based providers.

Some notable changes to the EYFS include, but are not limited to:

  • The creation of two versions of the EYFS: one for childminders and one for group and school-based providers.
  • The creation of a new document setting out Early Years qualification requirements and standards.
  • Removing the requirement for Level 3 practitioners to hold a Level 2 maths qualification to count within staff: child ratios and instead place this requirement on managers.
  • Students and apprentices can now count in ratios at the level below their level of study if the manager believes they are competent and responsible to do so.
  • Settings may provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning, previously this requirement stated this ‘must’ be done.
  • Childminder assistants can hold the role of key person.
  • Removal of the requirement for childminders to complete EYFS training before registration. Childminders will still be required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the EYFS.

The Department for Education recognises the dedication of staff across the Early Years sector to provide high quality early education and hopes that these changes will offer settings flexibilities to help relieve workplace pressures. These changes do not unpick the education reforms to the EYFS introduced in 2021. You can read the independent evaluation of those reforms and their benefits for settings and children.

The Foundation Years website is frequently updated with resources to aid practice in settings, as well as the Help for Early Years website offering Early Years child development training and guidance.


During the Spring Budget in March 2023, the Government announced an investment of £289m for a national expansion of wraparound childcare for primary aged children. This is part of the wider childcare reforms, and it is the government’s ambition that by 2026, all families who need it, will be able to access term time childcare, from 8am to 6pm, for their school age children.

The programme will be delivered through LAs, given our existing childcare sufficiency duty. We will receive funding to enable schools and childcare providers to set up new wraparound provision or expand their existing provision. The DfE will shortly publish guidance for schools, which will include practical guidance to support those who wish to deliver new provision or expand their existing wraparound childcare provision.

Wraparound provision can be offered by schools and PVI providers (including childminders and early years settings). It can be provided on school/nursery premises, in local community spaces or at childminders homes.

The programme launches in September 2024 and funding for the programme ends in March 2026.

The LA's Wraparound governance board will shortly recruit a Wraparound programme coordinator to support delivery of the programme and begin mapping the current supply of wraparound provision in Portsmouth. This will enable us to identify gaps in provision e.g., areas, age groups, children with SEND and to begin considering ways in which the capacity funding could be used to address these.

If you are considering expanding your current wraparound offer or are interested in offering new wraparound childcare for local schools, please email eydelivery@portsmouthcc.gov.uk and share your ideas with the Early years and childcare team.

Please find more information here


Please be aware that the Health service will no longer be using the NHS.net email addresses. The new email addresses can be found below. You can also find an updated version of the nursery request for Health Visitor review form at the button below. 

Old NHS.net email




NEW email address replacing NHS.net




Nursery request for Health Visitor review

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