Welcome to BCP Early Years and Childcare News

Please feel free to share our Family Information Facebook page with your families 
This edition includes: government guidance, two year old funding voucher, update your details on the family information directory, holiday activities and food programme, transitions grant funding, Early Years Foundation Stage resources, information for parents, safeguarding reminders, training for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators, government funded level 3 training, training reminders for autumn term.
Government guidance
The latest government guidance for childcare settings during the COVID-19 outbreak is included in your early years and childcare web pages. Please see the coronavirus information section for childcare providers.
Advice, training and support for childcare professionals
New two year old funding voucher

You will see a change in the funding vouchers that are issued from BCP Council from this month. Previously the voucher was notification of parent eligibility, with a unique reference number. We are now required by the DfE to only advise parents that they may be eligible and that they need to apply online to confirm their entitlement.

So, from this month parents need to present you with a code that they have received by applying online (included in the link below).  As usual, you as providers, or other professionals, can make that application on behalf of a parent, with their permission. Please be mindful that all online applications receive a code, so you should ensure that the content of the email that parent’s share, confirms eligibility before accepting that child for a place.
Existing vouchers issued in June, that are still within the expiry date, are still in circulation and you can continue to use those if they are presented to you.
We realise that this is a barrier for parents and children, however we must follow the DfE’s instruction regarding use of the supplied Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) lists. Please contact us with any queries you may have:
Early years entitlement application form
Please check and update your information

The council has a statutory duty to ensure the information we hold on the Family Information Directory about childcare provision is accurate and up to date. We are asking all providers to check and update their information by Tuesday 21 September.

To do this, please log into the provider portal. Your details are pre-populated so you just need to check them, make any changes and submit.

If there are no changes required, you just need to change the ‘last completed’ date and then submit.

If you have any difficulties or require assistance with this, please email us at or call 01202 093131.
Provider portal to update your details
Apply now for funding to deliver Christmas holiday activity places 

100’s of local children enjoyed fully funded holiday activities over the Easter and summer holidays thanks to the holiday activities and food programme (HAF).

Funding is available for providers to deliver even more activities for children over Christmas. 

Here are some quotes from providers who have already been involved with the HAF programme: 
  • it’s been great
  • it's been going really well, we have maxed out the spaces 30 each day and had a waiting list, we could have doubled the number of places
  • really successful
  • sold out
  • fully booked every day.
About the HAF programme and the grant
The HAF programme provides school aged children in receipt of benefits-related free school meals with fully funded holiday activities and a meal whilst at the activity.

Grant funding is available for providers to deliver activity places (including a meal) in the Christmas holiday. We plan to fund providers at the rate typically charged for paid for places. A £3 supplement per meal, per child is also available if rates do not typically include food. 

Set up and development funding is also available through the grant, providing a great opportunity for providers to set up or extend out of school provision, something we know there is demand for in the local area. 

Each eligible child is able to attend the equivalent of at least 4 hours a day for 4 days in the Christmas holiday (4 x 4), but this can be accessed from more than one provider, so if you are able to provide activities but for less than a complete 4 x 4 offer please do still apply for grant funding. 
Applications can be made individually or in partnership with another provider.
If you can offer activities and meet the requirements in the guidance, please apply for a grant now. The deadline for grant applications is midday on Wednesday 29 September 2021.  The HAF funding and grant information for providers link below has further details. 

To find out more about the programme, business development opportunities and the grant funding, please register for a place on a briefing session, by clicking on the relevant link below.

You can also email us at with any questions.
Register for the Monday 13 September 6 to 7.30pm briefing session
Register for the Tuesday 21 September 1 to 2.30pm briefing session
HAF funding and grant information for providers
Grant funding available for October half term activities 
Funding is available from Public Health Dorset for providers to deliver October half term activity places to help children with school transitions. This is different to the Christmas HAF funding which cannot be used at October half term.

The funding is available to provide places to support the following groups:
  • children that started reception classes this academic year
  • children that transitioned from year 6 to year 7 this academic year
  • other children that may have had a difficult time in school, and that would benefit from holiday activities for their well being.
Additional eligibility criteria for the transition grant funding can be found here. Further information about the funding can be found here

To apply for funding to deliver transitions support places at half term, please complete the online application form (the same form that is being used for HAF funding applications - there is a separate section for the October half term funding). The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 29 September 2021.

Please contact us with any questions using the link below.
Email with questions about transitions grant funding
Safeguarding reminders
The Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (PDSCP) procedures manual has been updated. The manual is designed to be an up to date, accessible and helpful guide and clearly sets out local safeguarding procedures. Please ensure your policies, procedures and practice are inline with the updated manual.
Please see the updated PDSCP protocol for non-mobile infants and children presenting with suspected or actual injuries. 
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) September 2021 useful resources

As of, 1 September 2021, childminders, nurseries, preschools and primary schools in England must follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. An online resource hub has been created to support nurseries and childminders with the reforms.

Reception teachers and school leaders may also find some of the resources useful. The service ‘Help for early years providers’ has been developed with sector experts and has undergone extensive user testing to ensure it meets the needs of the workforce. The service contains a range of videos and written materials covering all areas of learning along with overarching materials to support effective practice. Further resources will continue to be added.

Department for Education (DfE), Ofsted and Foundation Years have worked together to publish a range of vodcasts aimed at different parts of the sector to support understanding and implementation of the revised EYFS. You can also view these in the links below.
Learn-Explore-Debate events: implementing the revised EYFS
Understanding the revised Development Matters
Understanding the revised EYFS - PVIs and childminders
Information for parents about early years settings
The government and NHS have produced a really useful document for parents about taking their child to an early years setting. You might like to share or signpost your parents to this as it may help to alleviate some of their anxieties.
Taking your child to an early years setting
Training for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) for the new Annual Review template  
A reminder that we are holding training sessions to: 
  • demonstrate how the Annual Review paperwork will be populated
  • briefly discuss Annual and Phase review timescales
  • outline setting and local authority obligations in regards to this process.
For more information and to sign up to this training on CPD online, please follow the links below to the preferred date. If you have any further questions, please contact Laura Freeman via email
Tuesday 14 September 2 to 3.30pm
Thursday 23 September 2 to 3.30pm
Government funded level 3 childcare training

Find details in the link below of free level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults aged 19 and over. You will need to scroll down to find the childcare and early years courses that are available. All the courses which include ‘early years educator’ in their title will be full and relevant for Ofsted.

There is a list of the colleges and training providers who are currently able to offer free places, including Bournemouth and Poole College, Brockenhurst and Weymouth but do check with them that they are delivering the course you are interested in.
Find a free level 3 qualification
Training reminders for the autumn term
We would like to remind you about courses you don't want to miss out on running in the autumn term:
  • the new virtual Foundation Training for Safeguarding Children 
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) forums  
  • DSL discussion groups.
You can find more courses, information and how to book on through the link below.
Courses currently published on CPD online
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