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This edition includes: government guidance, Ofsted update, early years funding, safeguarding, Domestic Abuse Strategy feedback, 'Keeping children safe in education' update, Prevent agenda, UK Disabillity Survey, Boloh helpline, HappyMaps, June O'Sullivan MBE online conference, Nasen opportunities and paediatric first aid training
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.

Updates to the 'Actions for the early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak', includes 
information on educational visits, arriving and leaving the setting, face coverings and pregnant staff.

Also, updates to 'What to do if a child or adult is displaying symptoms of coronavirus' this includes information on charging parents and carers, childminders and NHS advice on vaccines and fevers.
Actions for the early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak updated
What to do if a child or adult is displaying symptoms, or is a confirmed case, of coronavirus (COVID-19) in an early years setting
Advice, training and support for childcare professionals
Ofsted update for childminders
As a childminder, you must tell Ofsted about new adults that are in the home you look after children in. If you are working with a maximum of two other adults at the same time, you will do this through the online service ‘Childminders: report new adults in the home’. This replaces the EY2 and EY3 forms you would have had to do previously. 
Childminders: report new adults in the home link
Early years funding - additional charges
Many early years providers have adapted their business model to include additional goods and services charges to their offer of basic free early education places. BCP Council are committed to marketing the entitlements as ‘funded’ childcare in support of this, letting parents know on the Family Information Directory (FID) and with our 'information for parents' sheet below that there may be an additional charge incurred.  

The core offer from the government continues to remain free at the point of entry, with contributions attached to funded hours required to be voluntary for parents. It is important that providers are transparent with existing and prospective parents about additional costs applicable to a childcare place but that they also have a policy where parents are unable or unwilling to pay. Your policy will support the council when responding to parents raising concern or complaint about their childcare place. If you would like to share your policy, please email using the link below.
Information for parents sheet
BCP funding team email
Home testing for early years providers
We are working very hard with public health colleagues to move things forward regarding home testing. There is an opportunity to be part of a pilot project to roll out home testing for the early years sector and public health have expressed an interest in this on your behalf. It might not come to fruition as it is a national opportunity, however, we wanted to let you know that we are really pushing to be part of this pilot. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.
Find some more useful points to consider in the link below, to support you with your statutory safeguarding duties and responsibilities. This week the focus is on regularly checking the safeguarding websites, navigating them confidently and ensuring that you have signed up to receive useful notifications.

A reminder too that you are able to book on to free half day training sessions on the key principles and processes of the Signs of Safety.
This week's useful points
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership February 2021 training newsletter
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Keeping children safe in education update
The statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment has been updated ‘Keeping children safe in education (KCSiE) – for schools and colleges’ to reflect legal changes following the EU exit, including guidance on checking the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas (Update added January 2021).
Keeping children safe in education updated document
Domestic Abuse Strategy feedback
BCP Council is currently seeking feedback on a new Domestic Abuse Strategy and are keen for as many people to complete this as possible. As well as asking safeguarding practitioners to encourage service users and residents to respond, practitioners are also welcome to complete the survey. The closing date is 7 March 2021.
Complete the survey here
Prevent agenda
With more time at home and online there is a concern that young people may get drawn into looking at extremist websites. Safer Internet Day gives you a good opportunity to get information out via your communications to parents about preventing extremism and what to be aware of. The Act Early website includes information on spotting the signs, real stories and how to get help.
UK Safer Internet Centre website
Healthy wrigglers
Let your parents and carers know about the online sessions exploring baby's first year of development. 

They will find advice, support and information on all sorts of topics and the chance to ask about anything that is troubling them too, as well as meeting with other parents from the comfort of their own home.

Find out more and how to join in with the sessions on the link below.
Healthy wrigglers drop in poster
Take part in the UK Disability Survey 'Citizen Space'
The Cabinet Office Disability Unit has launched the UK Disability Survey - Citizen Space. Please share your views to help the government understand the barriers that disabled people face and what it may need to focus upon to improve the lives of disabled people.

Anyone can take part in the survey which closes 23 April 2021. Responses received before 13 February 2021 will inform the development of the National Strategy, while those received after this date will be used to inform its delivery.

To find out more view the accessible video or go to UK Disability Survey below.
UK Disability Survey to take part
Boloh helpline for Black, Asian & minority ethnic families
Do you know any Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic parents or carers affected by the COVID-19 crisis?Barnardo's have launched the Boloh helpline where parents or carers can speak to an adviser about their worries, problems and stresses. 'Boloh' means 'speak' and helpline advisers can talk to them in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi or Mirpuri, providing emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
Helpline link
HappyMaps - supporting children's mental health
HappyMaps resources have been chosen because they suggest a variety of strategies rather than just one way of doing things and have been recommended by other parents, by mental health charities and by professionals. Share this great website with your parents and carers.
HappyMaps - pre-school aged under five
Online conference led by June O'Sullivan MBE, CEO of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
The Two Rivers Institute are hosting an online conference on Thursday 18 March where June O'Sullivan will speak about how LEYF Pedagogy and the LEYF Social Enterprise model work to support disadvantaged children across the capital.

June O’Sullivan set up The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) as the UK’s first ever Social Enterprise Childcare Group in 2006. She is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of London’s largest and most successful charitable social enterprises, operating 39 award-winning nurseries in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas.
For more information and to book your place
Nasen fully funded development opportunities
Nasen has received additional funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to extend their successful COVID-19 response to deliver early years training and resources. These include:
  • Early Years Masterclasses - staff well-being, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), action planning, provision mapping for children with SEND and preparing for transition 2021
  • Resilience Development Pack, ‘7 Days, Many Ways’ training for parents and practitioners 
Book now on the nasen website
Paediatric First Aid (PFA) training
If you need to renew your PFA qualification, there are providers who are able to offer COVID-19 safe training. You can make your own search or check on the Childcare Jobs website below. Please be sure to check they meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements.

There are PFA training spaces available at a cost of £55 per person arranged by Mighty Oaks Day Nursery and Pre-school on Saturday 13 March. To discuss a place, or for more information, please contact Greg Wolff by email.
Paediatric first aid training providers at Childcare Jobs
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