Early Years and Childcare Bulletin September 2019
Hello everyone and welcome to the autumn term and to the first edition of the Early Years and Childcare Bulletin for this academic year. I do hope that you all had a pleasant summer and managed to enjoy some well deserved rest and relaxation with family and friends and are looking forward to the busy autumn terms.
Kent News and Updates
The Department for Education is piloting an extension to the eligibility for the Free Early Education Entitlement for Two Year Olds to include:
- Children of Zambrano Carers
- Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life
- Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers.
The Guidance for Eligibility and a Question and Answer document will be available on the KELSI Free for Two page in the next few weeks.
If you are approached by a parent/carer in relation to this new eligibility, in the first instance please email firstname.lastname@example.org, whereby you will be taken through the eligibility checking procedure.
If you are attending a CPD Online course, you will now be able to complete an online evaluation the day of the course by logging into your account (via phone/tablet etc.) and going into Events Due to attend. To access the evaluation, you need to know your log in and password to CPD Online.
You will also be able to complete the online evaluation at any point after the training. Once the Training & Development team has received the register and delegates marked as attended on the system you will be sent a link via CPD Online reminding you to log in and complete your evaluation if you haven’t already.
Please note that delegates are only able to access certificates of attendance once an evaluation form has been completed and the register has been marked by the CPD Online administration team.
A reminder to those booking on courses through CPD Online to read the Terms and Conditions before agreeing to them.
Thank you to those of you who have been promoting the app with the families you serve and perhaps using it with your own families. We wanted to make you aware that although most of the functionality is working well, some of the functions are in need of updating due to out of date technology and currently the app is not available for android users. We hope to have the app updated as soon as possible, but in the meantime please continue to make use of this free downloadable resource and promote with families. Once the upgrade has taken place we will make you aware. Thank you for your patience.
National News and Updates
Consultation on Ofsted Early Years Fees >>
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a public consultation seeking views on a proposed increase to the application fee and the annual fee paid to Ofsted by childcare providers on the Early Years Register, with a view to changes coming into force from April 2020.
The DfE is also seeking views on the principles that should underpin a revised Early Years Register fee model to be introduced from April 2021.
The consultation closes on 9 October.
Hungry Little Minds >>
In our July Bulletin we let you know about Hungry Little Minds. This is a newly launched Government campaign designed to encourage families to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond. Families can find information about the campaign and associated activities here.
The campaign toolkit is available here. It contains suggested media posts and poster and leaflet templates which you can edit and use in your setting.
The Early Years and Childcare Service will be supporting the promotion of Hungry Little Minds by posting on our own and KCC Facebook pages and Twitter. If you are able to like, favourite or share these posts or retweet on Twitter it would be helpful. You can also do this with the Department for Education social media Hungry Little Minds communications too.
Safety recommendations and a new safety campaign on button batteries >>
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has published its independent investigation into the death of a three-year-old who swallowed a button battery.
Its report makes recommendations in three key areas:
- Public awareness
- Product safety
- Clinical decision-making.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is working in collaboration with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) and the British and Irish Portable Battery Association (BIPBA) on a national safety campaign. New and updated resources are available on the CAPT website.
Intergenerational Care is defined as 'planned ongoing activities that purposefully bring together different generations in shared settings to share experiences that are mutually beneficial'. Read more here.
Our regular Early Years Briefing and Networking Sessions provide a good opportunity to keep your setting and staff up to date and to network with colleagues from other settings.
Why not book a place on the next round of Early Years and Childcare Briefing and Networking sessions and benefit from the opportunity to network and hear important updates? The agenda will include items on GLD results, Joint Review at 2 (Integrated Review at 2 year old between Health and Early Years) and Ofsted trends and issues.
EYC 19/155 - St Augustine’s College, Thanet - 9 October 2019
EYC 19/156 - Inn on the Lake, Gravesend - 10 October 2019
EYC 19/157 - The Ark Christian Centre, Dover - 15 October 2019
EYC 19/158 - Tudor Park Marriott Hotel, Maidstone - 17 October 2019
We are also running two additional Briefing and Networking Sessions (one in the evening and one on a Saturday) specifically for eligible childminders and out of school settings who find it difficult to attend the weekday afternoon sessions. The agenda will include items on GLD results, Joint Review at 2 (Integrated Review at 2 year old between Health and Early Years) and Ofsted trends and issues.
We are introducing a regular slot in this Bulletin for the Early Years and Childcare Provider Association. There will not always be something to report as the Association meets quarterly, whereas this Bulletin is issued six times a year.
The Association has recently reviewed its Terms of Reference which you can access here. You may recall that when the Association was set up some three years ago, at Briefing and Networking Sessions prior to that, we asked for volunteers to become members. Integral to the Terms of Reference Review, this is being changed to an election based approach, which we will be piloting imminently in Tonbridge and Malling, where there is a vacancy. Based on the effectiveness of this approach we will use it moving forward and implement a three year rolling programme of member replacement. We are also seeking childminder representative and if this can be secured, plan to hold two of the annual four meetings in the evening to facilitate this.
If you attend Briefing and Networking Sessions you will be aware that we typically introduce any Association members present and invite anyone in attendance to raise with them any strategic and/or significant sector related issues they think the Association should be considering. In order to develop this practice, we will be trialling handing over the last 15 minutes of each Briefing and Networking Session to Association members for this purpose.
The current membership is: