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This edition includes: Early Education Funding, early years provider forum, SENCo Team update, SEND Local Offer, BCP Early Years Safeguarding training, Injuries in non mobile infants, Early help services, SENDiass training offer, Government guidance posters, Protect yourself with the flu vaccine, Developmental Language Disorder and No Pens Wednesday.
Government guidance
The latest Government guidance for childcare settings during the COVID-19 outbreak included in your early years and childcare web pages. Please see our coronavirus information section for childcare providers.
Advice, training and support for childcare professionals
Autumn 2020 Early Education Funding using autumn 2019 data
On 28 August the Early Education Funding Team emailed all funded providers (plus a newsletter article 9 September) of our intention to use your autumn 2019 funding data as a base for payments, where that is beneficial for your business. 

Following the balance payment process for those choosing to be paid twice termly, and where the provider had responded to our MS Forms question, the team have calculated exceptional payments to ensure providers that were funded in autumn 2019 receive at least the equivalent amount of 2, 3 and 4 year old funding this term (monthly paid will see this benefit at your balance payment stage in December).

Reference to any exceptional payments can be found under ‘adjustments’ per age category on your FIS Provider Portal.  You can be reminded how we calculated this payment using the examples in the link below, but please email the team if required.
Email the team
9 September newsletter
BCP funding arrangements for the autumn 2020 term
Early years provider forum
The Early Years Service are pleased to announce our first live virtual event on Wednesday 4 November from 6 to 7:15pm. This event will be lead by Tania Hall and Janice Watkins and will provide a brief overview of the changes within BCP Council Early Years Service teams plus key local and National updates.
If you have any questions that you would like answered please email by 5pm on Monday 2 November for the team to respond to during the event.
Please book your place as normal using CPD Online and confirmed bookings will receive a link to attend the event.
Email us your questions
Link to book
Area SENCo team update
The Area SENCo Team have made some changes to the way they work. Your SENCo should have received an email explaining the new processes and who to contact if you need support. If you have any questions please refer to our web pages or email us.
Email us your questions
Early Years SEND website
SEND Local Offer questionnaire for completion

The SEN Code Of Practice 0-25 says that local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision available across education, health and social care for children and young people who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. 

In order to ensure that we have up to date information for parents and carers of the offer your setting has for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability, please complete the attached template (guidance is provided) and email as a PDF or Word document to by 13 November 2020.

We will then attach the document to your settings directory record on the Family Information Directory so that it can be viewed by parents and carers.

If you need advice or help regarding this please contact: Gemma Tappenden, Senior Area SENCo by email. 

SEND Local Offer Form
SEND Local Offer guidance notes
Email any queries
BCP Council early years safeguarding training update
COVID-19 has changed the face of education and training and we have been adapting our previous safeguarding training and support offer into a virtual offer using MS Teams. We will continue to offer all courses virtually until it is safe for us to offer some courses face to face.
All courses will still be published on CPD for bookings in the normal way we'll update you about what is on offer through these newsletters. We are pleased to inform you that our first virtual Early Years Forum for Designated Safeguarding Leads is planned on Wednesday 11 November from 9.30 to 11am.
Attendees who attended the first session of the Foundation Safeguarding training in March where the second session was postponed due to COVID-19 will be contacted by the Early Years team shortly, as we are hoping to complete this course during the autumn term.
CPD online to book virtual training
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership October training newsletter
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Injuries in non-mobile infants
A timely reminder about the Pan-Dorset Injuries in Non Mobile Infants protocol to be used across both Dorset and BCP areas. 
Pan-Dorset guidance
BCP Council early help services

As you will probably be aware, the BCP Council Inclusion and Families service has recently undergone a restructure. This has included the formation of new Early Help services and teams.

Please find attached a document providing information on the eight Early Help teams and their functions. Also attached is a map showing the location of the Early Help Family Hubs.

We are currently in the process of updating our information for families to reflect service developments. 

Early Help Service Information
Hubs Locality Map
SENDiass training offer

SENDiass4BCP are developing a training offer for professionals working in education, health and social care across BCP Council regarding children and young people with SEND 0-25.

Please take the time to fill out their short survey to help them to create a training offer that meets local need.
SENDiass survey
Government guidance posters

Please download these posters to use in your settings or share with your parents and carers as a reminder to keep following the government guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and local lockdown.

Thank you.

BCP prevent local lockdown poster
Protect yourself with the flu vaccine
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to have the flu vaccination if you are eligible for this, especially if you are in a high risk group. Find out about risk groups and whether you are eligible below.
NHS guidance
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) 
Developmental Language Disorder is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings. It affects approximately two children in every classroom. 

This short video, from the Dorset Health Care University NHS Foundation Trust, expresses what it is like to have DLD from a child's perspective.
DLD information sheet
No Pens Day Wednesday
No Pens Day Wednesday on 25 November is an annual day of spoken language activities that takes place in schools, colleges and early years settings across the country. Spoken language skills are fundamental for learning to read and write, managing emotions, developing friendships and entering employment, amongst a host of other lifelong advantages. 
I CAN provides resources, advice and guidance for participating schools and settings. To find out more, to download the introductory pack and specific early years resources, please go to the website below and start planning your day to put spoken language in the spotlight!
I CAN website
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