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    Tuesday 6 November 2018

In this issue:
FEEE:  FEEE payments
Training courses:
Safeguarding: New Competency Framework briefings
Local News:  EYPP update
National News:  Flu vaccination reminder

Parent views needed
We are seeking parent or carer views on childcare available in Leicestershire. We would appreciate it if you could share the link and sentence below with families using your setting.  

Leicestershire County Council would like to understand your needs and requirements when choosing a place for your children. By completing the following questionnaire your feedback will help us to assess the existing childcare provision in Leicestershire and help us influence the quality and availability of future provision.

FEEE Payments

The Autumn period adjustment payment and the Spring period initial payment will be made by Friday 14th December.  Details of headcount, adjustment tasks and payment dates for 2019 can be found here.
Adjustment tasks opening and closing

The adjustment task is now open.   Please note that the closing date has changed to Wednesday 14th November.  We also advise that you make the majority of adjustments as early as possible as, due to system upgrades out of our control, we may have to suspend inputting for a 24 hour period during the adjustment period.
Adjustment payments

Please be reminded.  Any late claims for children who are at the setting before the adjustment claims period ends will not be funded.   If a child starts after the 14th November you can claim for them by sending full details through AnyComms.
Parent Reminder

Over 100 children in the Autumn period missed out on extended entitlement funding because the parents grace period had ended and providers hadn't checked their code. 
You can use the expiration dashboard to keep you up to date with the current situation and remind parents to renew with HMRC.
Process Reminder

Providers have validated the DERN for over 400 children in the Autumn period, but then failed to add it to the headcount.  Validating the DERN doesn't automatically add it to the headcount information.  This part of the system is just checking if the code is correct.   Please ensure this information is added to the adjustment task.
Signing in to the provider portal

New guidance has been produced to support you in logging in to the Provider Portal if you forget your password.  Please find details here.

All courses for the Autumn term are now located in date order on Eventbrite.  Or you can see a list of courses with direct booking links here

Courses now booking

Developing Inclusive Practice – SEND in the Early Years.  Book Now
A one day conference on 8th December 2018 at the NSPCC National Training Centre - Leicester
9.00am - 4.00pm Only £5 Childminders / £10 Providers
Focusing on children with special educational needs and disabilities, this conference will give you time to reflect on and develop your inclusive early years practice.  Keynote speaker, Julie Revels, will convey key messages for inclusive practice and meeting children's individual and unique needs.
We will hear about the impact a high quality, inclusive setting can have on children and families.
A series of workshops and stalls will give you the opportunity to network with peers and share best practice.

Childminder Pop up Event – School Readiness Book Now 

Beaumanor Hall. Saturday 17th November.   9.00am until 1pm.   Only £10.
The event will explore how childminders can support children and their families to be 'child ready' and 'family ready' for school.  Please see this flyer for key information and details of the workshops below.

Joy, Wonder and Curiosity – The real School Readiness  key-note speech by Ben Kingstone- Hughes

This thought provoking keynote helps childminders to support their children to be resilient, confident and be truly "ready for school/ ready for life". It looks at the issues facing modern children in their transition to school with a wide range of activities and strategies designed to build confidence and encourage self-reliance and resilience. The talk looks at the intrinsic role of joy, wonder and curiosity in every area of children's development and how we can inspire our children to be happy, healthy and confident.

Positive Adults, Happy Children, Positive Behaviour!

The biggest influence on children's behaviour is the adults in their environment. Children's emotional wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the emotions, behaviour and attitude of the adults around them and a positive adult can not only have a profound effect on a child's behaviour but on every aspect of their development and well-being.

This workshop looks at behaviour from the child's perspective and how ensuring the emotional well-being of a child is the key to unlocking pro-social behaviour and a positive growth mind-set. The workshop details what we can do as adults to support, encourage and enable positive behaviour in our children and ourselves. Delivered by Ben Kingstone Hughes

A crucial time for communication

Workshop delivered by Jane Gemmell and Gill Rogerson exploring effective ways to develop children's early language skills with a focus on school readiness.

7000Observation Assessment & PlanningWed14.11.189.30am - 4.00pmCounty Scout Headquarters, BlabyBook Now
7039           Promoting Language through Digital MediaWed6.11.186.00pm - 9.00pmQuorn Grange HotelBook Now
7002          Developing Language in the Outdoor EnvironmentSat1.12.189.30am - 4.30pmUlverscroft Activity CentreBook Now
7012      Essential Safeguarding AwarenessWed28.11.189.30am - 4.30pmThe Samworth Centre, MeltonBook Now
7013      Essential Safeguarding AwarenessWed19.12.189.30am - 4.30pmMarlene Reid Centre, CoalvilleBook Now
7025     Paediatric First Aid in Childcare - 12 HourTues27.11.18 & - 4.30pmCounty Scout Headquarters, BlabyBook Now
7026     Paediatric First Aid - One Day Blended Course with E-LearningSat1.12.189.30am - 4.30pmMarlene Reid Centre, CoalvilleBook Now

Partner Training
Mental Health in the Early Years (FREE)
Date: 19th November 2018, Time: 8:30am-1pm and
8th Feb 2019, Time: 8:30am-1pm

Mental health problems can start in early years, even if we do not see any symptoms at that time. Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in early years education is vital. By the end of this workshop you will:
  • Learn about attachment and the importance of infants and young children having secure relationships and experiences
  • Know the risk factors for children in early years and what to look out for
  • Discuss the difficulties we currently have in our settings and gain helpful advice and guidance, sharing good practice with others
  • Understand strategies to build resilience and teach self-regulation in young children
  • Learn how we can support our children for school readiness
  • Be able to apply early intervention strategies within your own settings
  • Come away with plenty of resources and ideas to help shape your children's futures
There is limited spaces, to save on disappointment please complete this booking form ASAP and return it to

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sports
Purposeful Physical Play Training

Please see this flyer to find out about FREE training to enable you to promote and deliver effective purposeful play and physical development programmes to children aged 0-5 years.
Risky Play Course

Risky Play is designed to share knowledge, evidence and research which supports the value of unstructured and risky play in early years, education, recreation, community centres and spaces.  Please see this flyer for more information.

Introduction to Autism
Learning Disability and Sport Workshop

Competency Framework Briefings:

The LSCB have now successfully launched the new streamlined Competency Framework.

Follow the link above to book on briefings within your district

Department for Education FGM Updates

The statutory guidance on FGM has recently been updated by the DFE. Click here to read the full document or view updates.

Child protection supervision skills refresher course

This NSPCC training course takes place on 28 November 2018 in Leicester. This course is for people who have previously attended the Child protection supervision skills course to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Physical punishment of children and young people

The Guardian has produced an article covering The British Medical Journal (BMJ) published findings from a study, carried out by researchers in Canada and the USA, looking at the association between bans on the physical punishment of children and young people and youth violence. Findings from school-based health surveys of 403,604 adolescents across 88 low-income to high-income countries indicate that societies that prohibit the use of physical punishment are less violent for adolescents to grow up in than societies that have not.

Vulnerable babies

The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report, looking at how many vulnerable babies under 1 there are, and the sorts of risks they are exposed to. Findings include: there were 19,640 babies under a year old identified by local authorities as being 'in need' in March 2017, of which 15,800 were living at home. Recommendations from the report include: that the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements, being established to replace Local Safeguarding Children's Boards, make an assessment of likely levels of need among young children in their area and draw up strategies to identify and help those children.

Local news

Nursery World Awards 2018

Congratulations to Leicestershire Providers who were very successful finalists in the prestigious Nursery World Awards 2018

Childminding Business of the Year (finalist): Cheeky Cherubs in Melton Mowbray 
Trainer of the Year (winner): Katie Ward, Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock 
Nursery Food (finalist): Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock 

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

An integral principle underpinning the EYPP is upskilling the workforce and investing in staff.
Using the EYPP for continual professional development will have a lasting impact and working collaboratively with other providers/schools will make the funding go further.

Our publication Making choices that make a difference: Allocating EYPP funding highlights important things to consider in using EYPP to support staff development. It also showcases two Leicestershire early years providers who pooled EYPP to buy in training for staff.

Are you using the updated Parental Statement of Undertaking (PSOU)? We recommend that you use this form as this ensures that you collect all the data needed to check a child's eligibility for EYPP when you complete the headcount. You can find the form here.

Leicestershire Ofsted Inspections

Communication and Language
Communication is crucial… how can we make a difference to this vital area of learning?
The ability to communicate effectively underpins all early development, supporting lifelong learning and well-being.  Communication is the cornerstone of building relationships and is essential for learning, play and interactions.

This month we shine the spotlight on the communication chain, which is a great resource to show this complex process – children need time to think through their ideas and work things out, before moving on with conversations, whether that is babbling with a baby or exploring concepts with a pre-school child.  Remember the importance of pausing to give children more time to listen to the comment, understand the words and respond with confidence.

Adults are a key resource!  Interactions with children provide opportunities for learning and using language in a meaningful context, which must be maximised.  Take a fresh look at the speech, language and communication strategies with practitioners – commentary is helpful for supporting children to build up a rich vocabulary and reduces pressure for them to talk.
  • Describe what the child is doing now
  • Follows child's interest
  • Use simple repetitive phrases
  • Pause between each phrase
  • Limit use of questions
  • Don't expect a response
  • Use lively intonation – have fun!
Have you seen our new ECAT eLearning?  This includes support for practitioner interactions, creating a communication friendly environment and the Child Monitoring Tool.
National News

Flu Vaccinations

The Department of Health and Social care has written to all early years providers to encourage them to remind parents that, all children aged two and three can get the flu vaccine at their general practice.
We  would be grateful for your support in helping to publicise the programme to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated against the flu.
Further information for the early years sector has been produced by Public Health England, along with materials to give to parents.

National School Breakfast Programme

Our new National School Breakfast Programme, in partnership with Magic Breakfast and funded by the Department of Education, is working to support over 1770 schools in disadvantaged communities across the country to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning. The service aims to:    
  • ensure more children receive a healthy breakfast at the start of their day
  • improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people
  • share best practices across schools and encourage innovative approaches to school breakfast provision.    
If your school might like to explore the benefit of removing the hunger barrier to learning for all your pupils, please complete an Expression of Interest form from. We will check your eligibility for the DfE-funded programme, and follow up with you as soon as possible. Please email the completed form to

Launch of Musical Development Matters     
Musical Development Matters is a brand-new piece of guidance written to complement the current Development Matters document. The overall purpose is to support practitioners, teachers, musicians and parents to see the musical attributes of young children and to offer ideas as to how they can support and nurture children's musical development by offering broad musical experiences, and forms part of the legacy of the Tri-Music Together project.
Printed copies are available to purchase, or you can download a copy for free, from our dedicated Musical Development Matters page. There is also a free online accompanying resource


People connected with Ofsted-registered childcare - New guidance for childminder assistants, people living or working with a childminder, committee members and other people associated with Ofsted-registered childcare.
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