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Welcome to BCP Early Years and Childcare News

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This edition includes: government guidance, Department for Education (DfE) guidance updated, action card version 6, South West Health Protection webinars, reminder from Public Health Dorset, support after COVID-19, draft of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and Statutory Instrument (SI), Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) forum, Managing allegations training, SEND Co-production Charter, WellComm Toolkit, early years conference, blind cord safety, Parent Talk and World Book Day
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
Changes and uplifting of restrictions from the Department for Education (DfE) 
The Prime Minister has set out the next phase of the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), including where some restrictions can be lifted. The decision to ease restrictions is made on the balance of risk to public health and educational considerations. 

The thirteenth iteration of ‘actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ guidance has been published. In the guidance update, they have withdrawn education and childcare settings: national lockdown from 5 January 2021 and transferred relevant sections into the updated guidance. Please note that guidance for parents and carers will be updated shortly. 
Main changes to the guidance for early years
Message from the Department for Education (DfE)
Gavin Williamson letter to the early years sector
Public Health Dorset action card version 6
A summary of the changes made from version 5 to version 6 are: 
  • we are no longer asking settings to notify Public Health Dorset of suspected cases
  • settings no longer need to share their completed letters to parents with the Public Health Dorset communications team
  • we have included instructions for management of COVID-19 test results by test type
  • we have provided more guidance for managing and preventing COVID-19 infections.
Action card version 6
South West Health Protection Team COVID-19 webinars
The South West Health Protection Team will be running COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend on Thursdays. We currently have sessions scheduled up to the 25 March. The sessions will cover infection prevention principles and discussion around scenarios to illustrate this.

Please register for a ticket on Eventbrite via the link below. Registering for a ticket is free, it does not cost anything to attend these webinars. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join. On the day of your webinar, another email containing a copy of the presentation for you to access will be sent out. 

If you have any difficulties, you can contact the South West Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 or via email.
To book on to the webinars
A reminder from Public Health Dorset
If you have a positive result from an asymptomatic lateral flow test:
  • any staff taking a lateral flow device test at an asymptomatic testing site, must still self-isolate for ten days from the test date, if they receive a positive result
  • staff currently do not need to book a PCR confirmatory test - national track and trace, will contact any positive cases to identify close contacts 
  • financial assistance is available to individuals with a national track and trace identification number.
Support for staff, families and their children who have had COVID-19
Over 100 settings have had either staff, families or children who developed COVID-19 over January and February this year and this has been a source of sadness and worry. For those who live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole, additional practical support is available as well as the emotional support that is set out on our early years web pages and on the Family Information Directory (FID).
  • The Council community support is good for staff and families and there is a simple online form to get the support that is most needed.
  • For those colleagues whose symptoms linger there is a lot of support for long Covid in adults and really useful information on the British Heart Foundation (BHF) website and via the NHS; there are 60 NHS clinics supporting people with long term outcomes of COVID-19.
  • For children, there is lots of information on the long covid kids website.
  • Also visit the Family Information Directory COVID-19 section for a range of information and resources to support families, including mental health and wellbeing support information. 
Early years COVID-19 web page
Draft Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and Statutory Instrument (SI)
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the new draft Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and draft Statutory Instrument (SI) for comment by 18 March 2021, in line with legislative consultation requirements under the Childcare Act 2006.

This is the revised EYFS that is due to come into force from September 2021.
Find more information and have your say
Early years Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) forum 
The early years Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) forum for the spring term will be held virtually via Teams on Monday 22 March, 9.30 to 11.00am. The booking details will be added to CPD online

Once available, please book on in the usual way.
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership February newsletter
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Managing Allegations training 
Managing Allegations training is aimed at  professionals working in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) areas only. This training will be run by the BCP Council Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) John McLaughlin and Laura Baldwin.

Dates are now available on Nexus for booking via the link below.
Dorset Nexus
SEND Co-production Charter draft feedback
In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole we want all children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) to have bright futures and fulfilled lives. One of the ways we will achieve this is through children, young people and their parent carers being partners, working alongside service providers to shape services and provision across the area.

Parent Carers Together, the local authority and health colleagues have developed a draft Co-production Charter setting out our collective commitment to working together to support participation. Please contact Julie Bird by the 3 March with any views on the charter so we can change it before we launch it, alongside more information about what we are doing to deliver it.
Draft Co-production Charter
Co-production pages on the SEND Local Offer
WellComm Toolkit 
Do you have a WellComm Toolkit out on loan from BCP Council that is not being used? If so, please can you let Josie Dyer know via email, so that we can arrange for it to be collected as soon as possible. 
Email Josie Dyer
Early years conference - Creating 'standing out' early years in challenging times
The early years service would like to say thank you to all our hard working early years colleagues who have remained committed to the care of their children and families over the past year during the pandemic.

We are pleased to offer 250 fully funded places on our virtual conference lead by Shonette Bason-Wood – the Spread the Happiness guru on Saturday 6 March from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

We guarantee you will leave the event uplifted and excited to implement what you have learnt. If bookings exceed capacity, staff members will be placed on a waiting list and we will endeavour to share information and content from the event plus links to any resources with everyone on this list.
CPD online to book
Blind cord safety
The Child Accident Prevention Trust have highlighted the dangers of blind cords when a toddler was strangled recently after being left for just minutes at his home. It can take just 15 seconds for a toddler to lose consiousness if they become entangled and only two or three minutes to die.

Find safety advice and free resources on their website below.
Blind cord advice, resources and downloads
Parent Talk
Action for Children's 'Parent Talk' offers free, down-to-earth advice for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 19 from experienced parenting coaches. Please share this with your parents and carers for information and online chat on anything around COVID-19, children's  emotional well being, behaviour and learning, sleep and more.
Parent Talk website
World Book Day

We celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4 March. This year see's the new World Book Day Book Club and Share a Story corner, as well as the exciting new line-up for 2021’s £1 books. Check out the website for some great book suggestions and fabulous learning resources for all ages.

World Book Day website
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