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This edition includes: DfE updates, Development Matters, Learn - Explore - Debate, qualification checker, SEND annual review training, Domestic Abuse Act consultation, online safety champions, sun safety for babies and COVID-19 updates. 
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
Local Outbreak Management Plan
We sent out a special edition newsletter on Friday notifying you that the Local Outbreak Management Plan action card has now been updated to version 8. Please follow this with regards to the steps to follow if you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Thank you in advance.
Action card - version 8
Department for Education (DfE) new service for childminders, nurseries and pre-school leaders
The DfE have recently launched a new service, packed with resources and practical support, aimed at helping childminders, nursery leaders and pre-school practitioners get ready for the changes in September.
Help for early years providers
Development Matters
The DfE’s non-statutory curriculum guidance Development Matters, which has recently been revised, with minor changes, following feedback from early adopters.
Update to Development Matters
Learn  - Explore - Debate
The Learn – Explore – Debate events, hosted by Foundation Years in March, which focused on the revised EYFS had sessions on reducing unnecessary workload and self-regulation in the early years. 

There are two groups of video clips:
  • Session 1: Reducing workload: data, tracking and assessment has two very helpful videos: Phil Minns from Ofsted and Julian Grenier outlining the changes and especially what we need to cover in our planning of the curriculum to support the children recovering from pandemic restrictions – Laurence’s story is inspiring!
     
  • Session 2: Self-regulation in the early years
The recordings and case studies from the events can be found in the link below.
Learn – Explore – Debate March 2021 – Implementing the revised EYFS
DfE qualification checker
For any settings that have allowed staff to complete training online, please check that they have completed a full and relevant qualification to allow them to work in ratios. We have been finding that some people have forgotten to check on the DfE qualification checker.
Check early years qualifications here
Training for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) for the new Annual Review template
As previously communicated, the BCP Council Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team have co-produced a new Annual Review template.

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
Domestic Abuse Act statutory guidance: consultation
The Home Office is consulting on draft domestic abuse statutory guidance which will support the implementation of the definition of domestic abuse in England and Wales.

Chapter 3 of the guidance looks at the impact on children and young people who are recognised as victims of domestic abuse for the first time. The guidance highlights different aspects of the experience of children and young people, so that this can be considered in seeking to meet their needs. It explains how the statutory definition of domestic abuse is to operate alongside other measures that address the safeguarding of children and young people.

The consultation closes on 14 September 2021.
Domestic Abuse Act statutory guidance
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Annual online safety champions updates

This three hour session focuses on the constantly changing tech landscape and the risks and harms children and young people encounter online, especially in COVID times.

The session is £50 per delegate and will run via MS Teams on Wednesday 8 September from 9.30 to 12.30pm.

Book via the Nexus link below and also download Microsoft Teams if you don't already have access.
Book via NEXUS
Download Microsoft Teams
Baby summer safety

Find some great tips from the lullaby trust on baby summer safety so you can enjoy the summer and keep babies safe when the weather gets hot.

Baby summer safety
NHS COVID-19 app tweaked to notify fewer contacts
The NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales is being tweaked so fewer contacts will be advised to self-isolate following a close contact with a positive case.

The app will look for contacts two days prior, rather than five, when someone without symptoms tests positive.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it would reduce disruption while still protecting those at risk. 
More information on BBC online
Contact tracing FAQs from DfE
Walk-in vaccination clinics
People (adults aged 18+) can now walk in and grab a COVID-19 vaccination without needing to book an appointment in advance. Just turn up! Important - the Pfizer first dose offer is an open offer to everyone and is not restricted by age.

Take a look at the list below for walk in vaccination sites across Dorset.
Walk in sites, dates and times
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