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This edition includes: government guidance, provider portal downtime, new service from the Department for Education, Development Matters, Learn-Explore-Debate, EYFS staff:child ratios, EYFS reforms myth-buster, training for the new Annual Review template, Early Years Additional SEND Payments, safeguarding updates, Words for Life and CPD online.
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.

From Monday 16 August unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Find all the updated information in 'Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic' guidance and find childminder specific guidance below from the early years alliance.
Additional childminders questions and answers from early years alliance
Coronavirus scenarios - PACEY
Advice, training and support for childcare professionals
Provider portal downtime
Please be aware that the council’s software systems will be receiving an upgrade between 8am and 12pm on the morning of Monday 6 September. You should avoid using your FIS provider portal during this period as work done may not be saved. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
FIS provider portal
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 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) changes in September.

Help for early years providers
Development Matters

The DfE’s non-statutory curriculum guidance Development Matters, has recently been revised, with minor changes, following feedback from early adopters. Find out more in the link below.

Update to Development Matters
The Learn – Explore – Debate events, hosted by Foundation Years in March, which focused on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (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
EYFS staff:child ratios - DfE approved qualifications
Changes have been made to the 'Early years qualifications: from 1 September 2014' spreadsheets at rows 16 and 35. Find them in the link below.
EYFS staff:child ratios guidance
EYFS reforms myth-buster
Ofsted are often asked lots of questions and encounter many myths about the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) inspections. Currently they are being asked about the revised EYFS framework from 1 September 2021.  

In this guidance below they have answered the most frequently asked questions on both the EYFS and inspection practice. However, they encourage people to get in touch if they come across other frequent misunderstandings. 
Ofsted guidance
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
Early Years Additional SEND Payments
We have made some changes to the way we review Additional SEND Payments. Payments will be reviewed termly as part of your routine work with your Area SENCo, you will not be asked to reapply for funding unless an agreed increase in funding tier is required. Full terms and conditions can be read in the link below.
Additional SEND Payments terms and conditions
Safeguarding updates
Safeguarding newsletter for August
Safeguarding children training newsletter for August
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Countdown to school or nursery from the National Literacy Trust “Words for Life” 
Are you a term time only provider or do you have children that only attend during term time?  

We have something you can share with your parents and carers before the beginning of term to help them get off to a flying start!
The National Literacy Trust's “Words for Life” have developed a handy seven day countdown of short activities that parents and carers can do with their children to help them get ready for their return to an early years setting, which although exciting, can also be an anxious time for children.
Countdown to school or nursery
Early Years Foundation Training for Safeguarding Children
The new virtual Foundation Training for Safeguarding Children in autumn is now live on CPD. We have adopted a blended approach to enhance this virtual experience.
As well as attending the course, learners are now required to complete pre-course reading and preparation tasks that will take approximately 1.5 hours. To reflect this commitment, we have also adjusted the duration of the virtual delivery and made the sessions shorter. Places are limited, so please book early in the usual way via CPD Online.
Courses currently published on CPD online
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