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Welcome to BCP Early Years and Childcare News

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This edition incudes: Childminders notification to Ofsted, Public Health England resources, Safeguarding, Open University courses, Bourne Digital, Good case studies, Health visiting service website update and Signalong.
Latest Government COVID-19 advice for childcare settings
Webinar for educational settings
These webinars explain the COVID-19 guidelines for educational settings and are run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm. Anyone from an educational setting is able to attend by registering for a ticket on any of the dates listed.
Register here
Childminders notification to Ofsted
Childminders must tell Ofsted when anyone aged 16 or over stops living or working in the home where you look after children.
Government guidance
Public Health England resources
Public Health England have collated a range of resources, letters, posters and videos for all educational settings. This information was correct on 14 June 2020 and will be updated as and when new guidance is published. 

COVID letter templates
Catch it bin it poster
Educational settings infection control checklist
COVID-19 guidance education poster
Educational and childcare settings flowchart
Hand hygiene eBug
How to contact PHE poster
Management of single cases video - with music
Management of single cases video - without music
Outbreak management video - with music
Outbreak management video - without music
Good case studies
Happy Days Nursery

We reopened Happy Days Nursery in Creekmoor, Poole on Monday 8 June and after many weeks of preparation were delighted to see so many happy smiley faces returning. 

To help children feel less anxious about being dropped off at the door we displayed a nice big welcome back banner and had a Happy Days teddy bear with a bubble machine to help them all feel at ease. 
The children have been brilliant coming in, some to new rooms and new keyworkers and the team have adapted well to the many new ways of working too. Prior to reopening the team came in and completed a COVID-19 induction and training session and had some time to asks questions about the new Government guidelines in place which helped them feel more confident about returning.

Good luck to all the settings reopening.
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. Please continue to keep in regular contact with your families during this difficult time, to ensure you are fulfilling your safeguarding responsibilities. The Government, BCP Council and the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership have all set out the responsibilities and duties expected of early years providers for the safeguarding of children, and these remain essential at this time. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact your allocated link worker.  
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Reminder - BCP Children’s Services First Response Hub
As of Monday 18 May 2020, there will be one phone number and one email address for all new contacts and referrals into BCP Children’s Services. If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of children and young people or if you require support in agreeing an Early Help offer, the Children’s Services First Response Hub is the first point of contact for everyone, providing access to all services for children and families living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 
First Response Hub information and referral form
Health visiting service website 
The Health Visiting Service have updated their web pages on the Dorset Health Care website. This includes:
  • information on Wessex Healthier Together, the Family Information Driectory, Dorset4You and LiveWell Dorset
  • information for parents on parent and infant mental health, breastfeeding, Healthy Start and SEND
  • developmental stages for age ranges from antenatal to 3 to 5 years, including school readiness
  • a link to COVID-19 information pages 
  • a contacts section 
  • a feedback section for families with links to PALS etc.
Each section has relevant links to websites to support the topic so the information is always going to be up to date.
Health visiting service web pages
Children and young people's participation course with the Open University
Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in decision making lags some way behind. This free course, 'children and young people's participation', emphasises that the adoption of an integrated approach to participation by different sectors of the children's workforce is of crucial importance.

Note: BCP Council are not endorsing this training, merely sharing information and it is up to the individual to decide if the training is suitable for them.
Further information and registration
Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood with FutureLearn
The Open University has developed a free online physical development (PD) course, which is due to launch on 27 July and is now open for registration.

Developed in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and funded by Health Education England (Thames Valley), ‘Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood’ is a free-to-access course that is 18 hours long, divided into three-hour sessions over six weeks. The course is hosted on the FutureLearn platform.

Note: BCP Council are not endorsing this training, merely sharing information and it is up to the individual to decide if the training is suitable for them.
For more information and to join
Signalong 
With the current COVID-19 situation, Signalong are adding free resources to their page to help with Signalong learning. These include activities, songs and posters, including one for COVID-19 vocabulary. 
Free resources
Digital support for people aged 19 plus and living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
An opportunity to develop the digital skills and confidence of anyone who feels they may be struggling with the current situation. The Bourne Digital project is currently focusing on the digital aspects people may be facing during this isolation period as their own digital abilities may possibly be limited, including digital wellbeing.
  
We can help your staff, social workers and families who are connected to your centre that are less confident with their own digital capabilities to gain skills that will enhance their time whilst being at home.  
 
Bourne Digital is a project aimed at supporting people aged 19+ in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who are unemployed, underemployed or carers looking to move into employment in the future. The project is a Power-Up initiative and funded by JP Morgan. 
Information video
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