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This edition includes: Latest Government information, safeguarding update, Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter, safer sleeping, development and behaviour pathway survey, Ready, Steady, Go and British sign language training.
Latest Government information
Please find below links to the latest relevant Government information and guidance.
Local lockdowns - guidance for education and childcare settings
COVID-19 advice for childcare settings
Protective measures for out of school settings
Out of school club advice for parents and carers
Keeping children safe in education (from 1 September 2020)
Safeguarding children during COVID-19
All childcare providers, including those who are currently closed, have a duty of care to help safeguard children and their families. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact your allocated link worker.

Please find the updated early years safeguarding contacts poster below.

Please remember that there is a new BCP Children's Services First Report Hub with one phone number and email address for all referrals (link below).
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Updated early years safeguarding contacts poster
First Response Hub information and referral form
Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter
The July newsletter from the Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership is now available. 
July newsletter
Safer sleeping during the COVID-19 outbreak

Please see the information produced by The lullaby Trust to support families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Safer sleeping from The Lullaby Trust
Development and behaviour pathway survey
Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have created a survey for SENCOs and Health Visitors to complete to understand their experiences of the Development & Behaviour Pathway since its launch in September 2018. The CCG are aware of some issues following its roll-out and are seeking feedback to improve the process. 

The closing date for the survey is Tuesday 21 July 2020. Thank you in advance for your help.
Complete the survey
Our virtual children's centre

We continue to produce a range of videos and activities designed to support young children's learning and development as part of our virtual children's centre offer.

We have stories, Let's Cook and activities with Fiddly Fingers still to come and weekend activities too. Please share the link with your parents and carers.

Early Years Facebook
ACEs - early trauma online learning

This training will help you understand how a stressful environment for young children could lead to physical and emotional problems throughout their life and into adulthood, which could also mean they do not live as long and could develop serious health problems.

This course takes approximately 50 minutes to complete and is funded by the Home Office. There are lots of interesting facts throughout this training and it would be very beneficial for any practitioner.
ACEs online learning
British Sign Language (BSL) online training
For practitioners who would like to learn BSL – the course costs have been significantly reduced. BSL training would need to be undertaken to support a deaf child, if required because of parent preference or an ECHP.

NB: Practitioners should use either Signalong or Makaton (as used by Mr Tumble) to support children’s language and communication development. These are loosely based on BSL.
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