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Hammersmith & Fulham Early Years Service

 

Introduction – We provide a range of services for families and early years practitioners who support children to thrive and develop, especially in the first five years.

We offer:

  • Support for families from pregnancy to a child’s fifth birthday
  • Advice about childcare, free early learning, and services for young children and families in the borough
  • Support for the quality of education and care in all early years settings through monitoring and bespoke support including safeguarding
  • Support, advice and training for children with special educational needs and disabilities in early years settings
  • A programme of continuing professional development
  • Support to achieve the Healthy Early Years London award
  • Updates and information for practitioners and parents via newsletters, social media and our website

For more information, please click here

EY NEWS

8.11.21  The chancellor, Rishi Sunak Autumn Budget and Spending review plans please see below:

Hempsalls briefing – Comprehensive Spending Review 271021

 

8.11.21  The Alliance is working in partnership with Ceeda and the Mayor of London to offer business support to London’s early years providers. The Strong Early Years London programme has established a one-stop-shop for PVI providers in London to access sector-specific business support, information, advice and guidance with a focus on sustainability and growth all for free. Click on link for details.  Please click here to register

 

8.11.21  COVID-19 precautions

A PCR tests needs to be carried out as soon Covid-19 symptoms (however mild) are displayed, with staff/ children to only return if a negative result has been achieved. Proof of negative result should also be made available. A Lateral Flow Test will suffice as part of routine testing protocol, but PCR test is specifically designed for testing in instances where symptoms are displayed. This approach will greatly reduce the risk of spread of infection within nursery setting.

 

8.11.21  FREE DfE funded webinar which will provide Early Years Practitioners with a thorough understanding of inclusive practice for SEND in Early Years settings.

What does this webinar cover?

The 2-hour webinar will cover the following:

 

      • Responsibilities of a PVI setting towards children with SEND
      • The role of the SENCO and the Key Person
      • The importance of the early identification of SEND
      • What effective inclusive practice looks like in a PVI setting
      • How to develop positive relationships with parents of children with SEND
      • Nasen’s DfE-funded Early Years resources to support you in meeting the needs of all children in your setting

Please click here to register

8.11.21  Family Information Service Directory

We will soon be migrating the existing Family Informati9on Services Directory and SEND Local Offer websites to a new platform.  In order to so, we require all page owners to review their pages that are currently live on the website by Sunday 5 December 2021

If we do not receive a response from page owners by Sunday 5 December 2021 your page may be removed or moved to the new platform with out-of-date or incorrect information about your organisation.

Please see following information for how to update your pages on the family information service directory.

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8.11.21  E&C Wednesday Webinar Series

Intersex 101 with Anick: An exploration of how we
include intersex into our teaching 

Wednesday 10 November 17h – 18h (GMT)  Please click here to register

 

8.11.21  FREE WEBINAR – Early years policy & practice update

Thursday 11 November, 6pm – 7pm

The Chancellor’s Budget and comprehensive Spending Review presented a raft of initiatives affecting the funding of early years provision, professional development and family support.
At the same time the sector is settling into a new EYFS and the return of Ofsted inspections.

Join the Early Years Alliance’s policy and practice experts, Shannon Pite (Communications and External Affairs Director) and Melanie Pilcher (Quality and Standards Manager), for a timely update and consideration of the impact of these measures for the sector.

The webinar is FREE to attend, please click here to register:

 

1.11.21  OFSTED

This is a gentle reminder to local providers that you must notify Ofsted, or the childminder agency with which you are registered, of any confirmed cases in the setting, whether a child or a staff member.

Settings should also tell Ofsted if they have to close the setting as a result.  It is a legal requirement as set out in paragraph 3.52 of the early years foundation stage statutory framework

You should report as soon as you are able to and in any case within 14 days.  Settings can see ‘tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business’ to ensure that all the required information is included in their notifications.

 

1.11.21  The Lyric

We are planning a launch event for our Born in the Borough scheme (which offers babies born in London in our 125th year free arts activities until they are 25) and would love to invite you along to meet the parents and babies and chat about some of the classes and programmes you have on offer.  Many of the parents will have older children who they might like to enrol in classes and a select number of places for Born in the Borough babies will be funded by us when they are old enough.

The event will take place from 9.30-11.00 am on Wednesday 1 December in the Reuben Foundation Wing.  We will have tea & coffee and biscuits and maybe even a special guest appearance from Father Christmas.

More details on the scheme here https://lyric.co.uk/our-home/about-us/born-in-the-borough/

 

1.11.21  Ed Sheeran

BBC News:  Ed Sheeran singer to read Beebies bedtime story about stuttering: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58995200

 

1.11.21  Music Development Matters

Please click on link below to see presentation shared in the recent workshop about the importance of music in the Early Years.TMT, 22.10.21 – Music in Early Years Final, LA presentation

 

25.10.21 Famly

Information from Famly on what makes an outstanding nursery and supporting self regulation

Self-Regulation Station – The First Steps Guide (UK)  How-to-Be-Outstanding-The-Ofsted-Inspection-Guide-UK_compressed

 

 

25.11.21 LBHF EP

The education Psychology team are offering free drop in consultation sessions for all professionals working to support vulnerable children. Please contact Dr Orla Kenny (Tue-Thu) for more information on Orla.kenny@lbhf.gov.uk

 

25.10.21  Change to cut off dates for SENIF applications:

Autumn 2021 Term Funding: Cut off Friday 3rd December 2021

You can now apply for Term in-term i.e. to enable access to funding for new children with emerging Inclusion needs

Applications or queries should be sent by email to Janina.Perera@lbhf.gov.uk & Andrea.Lawler-Ford@lbhf.gov.uk.

 

25.10.21  LSCB – LSCP Training: Harmful Practices workshops.

See attachment for training details and dates

LSCP Training Harmful Practices Flyer Oct 2021

 

25.10.21  Wefindanylearner.com

Wefindanylearner.com have over 30 different Level 2 Courses that are Free. These courses take around 30 hours or around 6 weeks in total to complete. On completion you will be awarded a nationally recognised certificate from TQUK, CACHE or NCFE at the end of your course. You will also have online or over the phone tutor support throughout your learning journey.

Our top five courses this month are:

Allergy Awareness for those Working with Children

Care and Management of Diabetes

Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Event Planning

Behaviour that Challenges in Children

To be eligible, you simply need to be:

  • Over 19 as of the 31st of August 2021
  • Living in Scotland or England
  • Not on an Apprenticeship

 

If this of interest or you would like further information, then please call a member of our team on 01226 958 888 or click on the links above to register your interest and start your learning journey today. Or click here for a full course list.

 

25.11.21  Music House offer a range of family activities including the show The very busy spider and Little birdsong concert. For more information please see link

 

25.11.21  On 10 October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and others marked World Mental Health Day, aiming to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

Those working in early years love their work, however it can be demanding and, at times, stressful. In addition, the pandemic has taken its toll on families, impacting on the emotional wellbeing of parents and children. In December last year, we held a series of Learn – Explore – Debate events focused on putting wellbeing at the heart of our early years practice. The events saw early years practitioners, local authorities, consultants and academics come together with officials from Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss the practical ways that we can support the wellbeing of both children and staff. You can watch recordings of the events, view the slides and remind yourself of the discussions on the Foundation Years website here.

For further Early years updates see website: Foundation Years | From pregnancy to children aged 5

 

25.10.21  STAMMA.ORG

See attachments for guides on how to support stammering in pre school children.

International Stammering Awareness Day 2021. for Early Years Settings

Stammering in pre-school children leaflet

 

18/10/21  First Aid Training

The Willow Tree Nursery School

St Saviour’s Church

Cobbold Road

W12 9LN

0208 740 3272   www.thewillowtreenursery.co.uk

The Willow tree nursery school have spaces on their first aid training. They booked training with Tigerlily for Saturday 4th December between 9am and 4.15pm at the nursery and  have a possible 5-8 available spaces.

The cost per learner is £80.00 each (Tigerlily charge £125.00 per person to attend one of their venues – so it’s a great offer!) If you are interested please email the nursery directly.

18/10/20   The DFE have updated the contingency framework to reflect the position for people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), the shielding programme and details on when increased COVID-19 testing can be recommended by Directors of Public Health. They have also clarified that education and childcare settings do not routinely need to provide staff details to the NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation Hub. Further information on the NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation Hub is available in the guidance on NHS Test and Trace in the workplace.

Updates to contact tracing guidance

In response to recent queries, we have updated the contact tracing ‘frequently asked questions’ which can be found on the early years document sharing platform here. Updates have been made to several areas including advice on contacting the NHS Self Isolation Hub and where a child cannot attend their setting because they are reliant on a self-isolating adult for transport.

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) Reforms

 Today the Department has announced updated funding eligibility criteria for the reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and published new frameworks for upcoming qualifications in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) and Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL). More information is available online here, or in the briefing pack and eligibility leaflet forwarded to you by email.

 

18/10/21   From the 1st of November 2021, as part of NHSE and UK Health Security Agency’s work to improve childhood immunisation uptake in London, parents and carers will receive a text message when their child is due or overdue and immunisation. These text reminders will be consistent with call-recall systems across GP practices in London and is supportive to increasing uptake across the UK childhood immunisation schedule.  They will be sent in addition to other text reminders that GP practices may send to parents and carers and they will not involve any costs to GP practices. It will cover the 0-5 immunisation schedule only. 

 These are text reminders that parents and cares will receive:  

 Due immunisation 

Dear [parent’s name], A reminder that your child born on [date of birth]  is due for her/his vaccination. Please contact your GP practice to arrange an appointment. You can find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/. To opt out from future text message reminders reply 1. 

 Overdue immunisation 

Dear [parent’s name], According to our record your child DOB [date of birth] has not received her vaccination. Please contact your GP practice to arrange an appointment. You can find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/. To opt out from future text message reminders reply 1. 

18/10/21   Business support for London’s early years sector

The Alliance is working in partnership with Ceeda and the Mayor of London to offer business support to London’s early years providers. The Strong Early Years London programme has established a one-stop-shop for PVI providers in London to access sector-specific business support, information, advice and guidance with a focus on sustainability and growth. The next business workshop is available on the 19th October. Click on the above link for more information.

 

12/10/21  Please see information below relating to new resources that have been published to support the early years sector in implementing the EYFS reforms.

Videos on implementing the EYFS reforms

Today the DfE has published a small suite of videos on GOV.UK with direct messages from DfE, Ofsted and early adopter schools on their experiences in delivering the EYFS reforms and how they have changed their approach to delivering the EYFS, including when completing the EYFS Profile assessment.  DfE and Ofsted provide a summary of the reforms and the new expectations for early years curriculum and assessment. Then school leaders of early adopter schools share their experiences of the EYFS reforms and how they implemented them in their school, as well as from reception teachers in early adopter schools who share how the reforms have impacted their assessment practices and what was important in their assessments during the early adopter year. View the videos here : Implementing the early years foundation stage reforms – Case study – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Blogs

Two blogs have also been published from leaders of early adopter schools discussing their experience of implementing the reforms to the EYFS and how they impacted their practice, as well as sharing key tips based on their experience. The first is from Sarah Charlton, Head of Early Years at Ark Priory Academy in West London and the second, is from Kate Pounder, Early Years Lead at Caldicotes Primary Academy in Thorntree, Middlesborough.

 

EYFS profile handbook

DfE also published the 2021/22 EYFS Profile handbook today to provide guidance for teachers on assessing children’s development at the end of reception year. As part of the EYFS reforms, DfE has streamlined all guidance on the EYFSP into one document. The Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) will no longer be published for the EYFSP, with all guidance and information now in the EYFSP Handbook.

 

12/10/21   We want to let you know about our free event about supporting early years staff wellbeing.

Earlier this summer, we launched our groundbreaking resource about early years staff wellbeing. It’s now been viewed and downloaded over 5,000 times.

We are now running a free webinar based on the findings on October 14th to help promote staff wellbeing in early years settings.

Drawing on the experience of over 1,500 early years workers, our webinar will highlight what we’ve learned about the joys and stresses of working in early years. We’ll share findings about staff wellbeing and examples of best practice and how you can make them work for your staff in your setting.

Our work is based on research carried out with five local authorities, the NDNA as well as our own team of clinical experts. Most of all, it’s based on the experience of early years workers.
Join us [Link] Your staff deserve it!

Speakers include:
16:30 – 16:40: Dr Camilla Rosan, Head of Early Years at the Anna Freud Centre
16:40 – 17:00: Stella Ziolkowski, Director of Quality and Workforce Development, National Day Nurseries Association
17:00 – 17:20: Tim Linehan Anna Freud Centre, and Dr Rachel Lyons, Deputy Principle Educational Psychologist, Bury.
17:20 – 17:40: Aseeya Patel, Manager Ihsan Children’s Centre and Nursery
17:40 – 18:00: Q&A

12/10/21  Business support for London’s early years sector

The Alliance is working in partnership with Ceeda and the Mayor of London to offer business support to London’s early years providers. The Strong Early Years London programme has established a one-stop-shop for PVI providers in London to access sector-specific business support, information, advice and guidance with a focus on sustainability and growth.

We are pleased to offer the upcoming business support events. They are FREE to join, simply click on the links below to register.

Webinar: Staff morale and team building: Thursday 14 October 2021 12.30-1.30 pm

During the pandemic, one of the are as that has most affected us has been our work. Join Anna Golawski, mental health trainer at Stratus Coaching and Michael Freeston, Quality Improvement Director at the Alliance, for this webinar which will look at how we can support our teams and build staff morale. The session will cover:

  • What affects morale and motivation
  • 3 factors of a motivation model
  • Team building tips

How to build up morale and motivation

Please click here to register

 

12/10/21  Business Connect: Business Healthcheck for childminders:   Tuesday 19 October 2021  6.30-7.30 pm

Childminding and business can be a balancing act. Join us for this Business Connect to focus on achieving that balance and discuss with others the challenges this brings.

This session we will explore key headings of a Health Check, and help you to make judgements on what you are doing well, where changes could be made and whether you are meeting requirements.

Please click here to register

 

12/10/21  Business Connect: Recruiting and working effectively with volunteers:  Tuesday 2 November 7.45-8.45 am

Have you considered the value a volunteer could bring to your setting? Every year volunteers give up their valuable time to contribute their talent, skills and knowledge to change the lives of families and young children in early years settings.

Join us for this breakfast session where we will explore the value volunteers can bring to your setting and give practical advice and guidance on their recruitment, training and support.

Please click here to register

 

12/10/21   Early Years and Planning support and training for Oral Health Guidance in September 2021 – 21 October 2021 4.30-5pm

Target Group:  Early Years Practitioners

Promoting Good Oral Health training; how settings and schools can meet the new safeguarding and welfare requirement (Revised EYFS Sept 2021)

Please click here for registration details

 

12/10/21  Early Years and Planning support and training for Oral Health Guidance in September 2021 – 28 October 2021 4.30-5pm

Target Group:  Early Years Practitioners

Promoting Good Oral Health training; how settings and schools can meet the new safeguarding and welfare requirement (Revised EYFS Sept 2021)

Please click here for registration details

 

12/10/21  Join to celebrate and explore the importance of Early Years music and how partnership work can create rich musical experiences for young children and families.

When: Friday October 22nd 9.30-11.00 via ZOOM  Cost: FREE

 How to book: To book onto the session please go to Eventbrite: here

If you have any questions, then please email us:  info@triboroughmusichub.org

  

12/10/21  Early Years SEN Inclusion Funding Update:  The Early Years Inclusion Fund is available to support early years settings to include children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). The money is for use in the setting that the child attends and will be given to the provider to be used to support the needs of individual children with SEND.

Eligibility

  • All two-year olds and three & four-year olds identified with a level of SEND
  • Attending an early years setting in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham that provides government funded places
  • Presenting with additional needs in the moderate to profound delay range

LBHF SENIF Form

LBHF EY SENIF Criteria

12/10/21  Early Years Training with Emma Hutchinson

DEVELOPING COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE THROUGH MUSICAL PLAY.  THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2021 4 – 6PM | £30 PER ATENDEE | VIA ZOOM

This lively, practical training workshop introduces new skills for early years practitioners to nurture vocalising and language in nursery and home settings. If you work with young children and children with emerging signs of language delay musical play can provide enormous support to developing communication without pressure.

WHAT TO EXPECT
– An introduction in to how music supports and develops vocalising and speech

– Practical, interactive musical play with visuals, songs and resources

– Video evidence showing positive impact that music has on language

– Accessible approaches for delivering music in groups

– Access to resources, downloads and links to relevant literature

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

8/10/21 – London Business Hub, Early Years and Childminding. 

We recognise the essential role the early years sector plays in supporting London’s economic, educational and social development. The Strong Early Years London project is helping nurseries, pre-schools and childminders face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To register your interest in receiving free one-to-one support and find out more about the project’s other services click here.

EY Resources

Monthly Briefing COVID-19 for HEYL Borough Leads May 2021

EY Reform Conference with Julian Grenier 25 May 2021

Click here to watch Julian Grenier. Understanding the revised EY Foundation Stage

Click here to watch Creating a curriculum with Michele Barrett and Phil Tomsett.

Q&A updates. Click here