Early years and childcare bulletin March 2019
Early years free entitlement funding for 2019-20
Kent County Council’s (KCC’s) annual notification letter detailing providers’ Free Entitlement funding rates for the period April 2019 to March 2020 was sent out at the beginning of March.
1) Contact Robin Goldsmith on 03000 416160 if no letter has been received (only providers in receipt of Free Entitlement funding in autumn 2018 or spring 2019 will receive a letter).
2) Ensure that the correct information has been recorded against the Quality Leadership Supplement. For 2019-20 KCC has changed its process for collecting Quality Leadership data to trigger entitlement to this supplement. In the past it has been a single data collection in February which informed entitlement for the full year, however from 2019-20 there will now be three separate collection dates for the periods summer, autumn and winter. Please check that the information recorded in your letter is correct. If the information is not correct, please contact Robin Goldsmith by 29 March 2019. Failure to do this will result in settings not receiving the correct Quality Leadership supplement for the period April to August.
30 hour audit of codes
Providers will receive their audit of 30 Hour codes by email at the end of March. Please discuss the Grace Period with families who are found to be ineligible on the audit.
Dates to note
Three and four year olds
Synergy is currently open for estimate completions for terms 5 and 6 (summer 2019) until Tuesday 19 March 2019. Please be aware that Synergy will close for adjustments claims for terms 3 and 4 (spring 2019) on Friday 26 April 2019.
Two year olds
The deadline for the final payment run is Friday 5 April and payment will be made the week commencing 15 April 2019.
Using the early years pupil premium (EYPP) and disability fund (DAF)
Following the recent Briefing and Networking Sessions, and the exceptionally useful sharing of ideas, we have collated everything that was shared and have presented them in a visual format which will be put on to KELSI for ease of access. When you visit KELSI you can click on ideas of interest as some will have additional information attached.
Please remember to ask your families if they are entitled to the additional funding as it can make such a difference for their child. For further details use the links below.
The size of the font relates to how many people suggested an idea with the top 10 across both funding streams as follows:
Early Talk Boost Training (I CAN)
CPD Online training
Resources – most popular mention was a bubble machine
Extra sessions for child
Emporium Plus membership
Thank you also for the ‘wish list’ of resources for Emporium Plus, all those suggested will be considered when we make some additional purchases. You will get further information about how to access the new equipment in due course.
We are delighted that so many people have opted in to continue receiving information from the Early Years and Childcare Service about the promotional opportunities we are offering. However, we have not had a response from everyone yet and remember, unless you opt in, you might miss out! To opt in, if you haven’t done so already, please visit https://www.threadsofsuccess.co.uk/gdpr-form.
Lastly, if at any time you want to be removed from all non-statutory communications, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will remove you from our promotion and marketing list.
Supporting families to ensure that children in childminding settings develop their communication and language development>>
Communication is the number one skill. Without it, children struggle to make friends, learn and enjoy life (Talking point 2019).
Poor language is linked to poor behaviour even in very young children. Two in three language delayed three year olds have behavioural problems (The Communication Trust).
Children need adults to nurture and support their communication and language development. The more you and their families know and understand about language and how it develops the more you can do to support the child to ensure that they thrive and achieve at your setting and at home.
Speech and language development in children is based on the building blocks of Listening and Attention, Play, Understanding, Interaction and Talking, Speech sounds. Childminders and settings are in a unique position to support each of these skills in everyday activities in small groups. The link below takes you to The Communication Trust resource of activity ideas to use in settings or at home. You will find that many of them are things that you do already but with a focus on developing the different building blocks. Sharing this resource with families will help them to work with you to develop children’s speaking and listening skills.
Supporting families to develop their children’s communication skills is another important part of your partnership working with families. For example, developing strategies to support children and families to rely less on their dummy and have dummy free time while they take part in activities to encourage developing communication skills. The Chatter Matters leaflet from Kent County Council is a very simple guide you can share with parents of babies:
Small Talk, a more informative resource aimed at parents of children from Birth to Five is available from The Communication Trust. Practitioners can use it in their own settings and as a starting point to introduce tips for families to support their children at home. There are also simple guides to inform parents and carers about where the child should be in their development and checklists to ensure that children are progressing as they should.
The document is found here:
The Universally Speaking resource booklets provide resources aimed specifically at practitioners, the Birth to Five ages and stages document can be found here:
More resources are available from the Talking Point charity that gives parents/carers and practitioners the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills. The site http://talkingpoint.org.uk/ provides access to a database of resources and fact sheets to use yourself and share with families.
If you have any concerns about the speech development of a child in your setting speak to the parents/carers and discuss with them ways that you can work together to support the child. Observation and record keeping will help you to monitor progress and provide evidence should you need to make a referral to the Early Years Local Inclusion Forum Team at a later stage.
Keep yourself informed
The Early Years and Childcare Service’s Childminding Team uses a closed Facebook Group to share information with childminders. If you haven’t already joined the group you can do so here.