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   Wednesday 3 July 2019



You will receive your Summer adjustment payment and the Autumn initial payment on the 12th July.


We have received a  few queries around the amount of weeks we are funding for the next academic year. A calendar will available on-line shortly, but until then we can confirm the following;

Autumn15 weeks
Spring11 weeks
Summer12 weeks

If you are stretching the offer, you will need to offer less hours over more weeks.

30 hours

Pleases can you remind parents to check eligibility before the 31st August 2019, other wise they will not be able to receive the funding in the Autumn period. We would recommend that parents check before the end of July giving plenty of time for any issues to be resolved.



Autumn 19 courses are now available to book on Eventbrite
EYFS 3i (Information, Inspiration, Interaction) events

Introducing the new Ofsted Inspection Framework (September 2019)

This is a free event!

  • From September 2019 Ofsted will change the way they inspect early years settings with the introduction of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) Come along to these free events to find outNew_EY_Panel_referral_form.pdf what is changing so that you are fully prepared for your next Ofsted inspection.
  • The event will enable you to
  • attend a presentation on the new Education Inspection Framework and ask those questions you might have
  • view a range of information stands including the following - SEND Support, 1001 critical days, LA training - what you need to know, The curriculum – intent, implementation and impact, 'Cultural Capital' and health for under fives
  • collect your free 'glossy' copy of Leicestershire's new Graduated Approach for children with SEND in the early years
  • be the first to see the new Leicestershire School Readiness electronic toolkit
Now available to book:
Course CodeDayDateTimeVenueDirectBook link
8334Mon9.9.194.00pm - 6.00pmQuorn Grange HotelBook Now

8335Mon9.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmQuorn Grange HotelBook Now
8336Tues10.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmCharnwood ArmsBook Now
8337Wed11.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmMelton Baptist ChurchBook Now
8338Thurs12.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmLutterworth Golf ClubBook Now
8339Mon16.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmGreen Towers, Hinckley Full
8340Tues17.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmMarket Harborough Football ClubBook Now
8341Wed18.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmLeicester Race Course, OadbyBook Now
8342Thurs19.9.196.45pm - 8.45pmGlenfield Sports PavilionBook Now



Digital Technology and Safeguarding
For many of our youngest children digital technology has become part of their experiences and is part of their everyday life and the world they live in. Many families use the internet as a source of information, discovery and a place to connect, facilitated by search engines and social media. As technology has advanced, the lines between the digital and physical world have become blurred. Few people now send letters preferring an email: messages are exchanged over apps: maps and navigation are available instantly at our finger tips!
Emma Mulqueeny describes those born after 1997 as a generation born into digital technology, who are comfortable with and can access limitless open resources. She argues that those of us born before 1997 are digitally naïve. She describes that to support children's experiences and interests, we need to become acquainted with children's landscapes.
Given that many children now have open access to technology it is worth considering:

  • Have you had a discussion with families to explore the technology and apps that children use at home?
  • How can you support parents to ensure that they keep their children safe online?
  • How can we support children in their use of digital media, whilst still ensuring they are kept safe?  leaflets about online safety.  
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has recently developed some resources for 4-7-year olds to help them respond to risk that they may face online including sexual abuse and exploitation. These resources are child friendly and accessible. They are presented through a series of animations about 'Jessie and friends.' They begin to show children how to navigate the online world and include tips for parents.


Local News

Early Years SEND Inclusion Team Update
As many of you know, the structure of the team is changing slightly in September. Every setting will be given 4 Area SENCO visits throughout the year, as part of our core offer, to support early identification of children with low and emerging needs. These will be conducted by the Improvement Advisors. If specialist support is required through our Early Years SEND Advisors, then a referral form will need to be completed and submitted to panel.

A new referral form and dates of next years panels will be updated on our website, ready for September. The new referral form seeks evidence of the graduated approach, including gaining and implementing advice from the SEND Drop In's and Area SENCO Advice.

Creating an Enabling Physical Environment 
The physical environment of your setting, whether it is the layout of space indoors and outdoors, how the furniture is organised, or the accessibility of resources, can make a huge impact on children's learning and development. 
An enabling environment, a term used in the EYFS framework, should support children to become confident, independent and curious learners.
Environments in early years settings can be very different, from childminder homes, large village halls to smaller individual rooms perhaps in a day nursery; here are a few ideas that may help in further developing the physical environment in your setting.

Children's interests

Children will be more motivated and feel valued if the environment reflects their interests and culture, remember that these interests will change over time. Both the indoor and outdoor areas can support children's interests.

Access of resources

Children can make choices and engage more in their learning if they can easily access resources. Having these resources stored at a child's level, with containers labelled using pictures and words can support independence and confidence.

Natural resources

Providing a range of natural, open-ended resources offers opportunities for children to learn in a multi-sensory way; there are no right or wrong ways, just many ways, to use such resources which can support children's creativity and self-esteem. 


Providing quiet, calm spaces, (indoors and outdoors) can support children's wellbeing and language development. Keeping background noise to a minimum, e.g. the planed purposeful use of music, can positively impact on children's attention skills which are crucial to development.

Environment audit – this is a new addition to the website that can help to evaluate and develop your provision, it can be found on: 
More ideas and advice can be found on our 2 year old and childminder webpages.


National News

Education Inspection Framework – Ofsted

A recording of the webinar about the Education Inspection Framework is now available.


AnchorHealth and Safety

Trampoline Safety this summer

Children of all ages love using a trampoline and it is a great way of supporting physical development in the outdoors. There are some important things to consider if you choose to use a trampoline in your childcare setting, especially to reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Hospital Emergency Departments (A&E) are now dealing with increasing numbers of trampolining injuries.

Some key points for keeping children safe

• Trampolining isn't suitable for children under the age of six because they're not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing. . All children should be supervised when on the trampoline.

• Trampolining injuries can occur to all parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs face and head. Head and neck injuries are the most serious injuries associated with trampolines. The most common injuries are caused by awkward landings and include sprains or fractures to the wrist, forearm, elbow and collarbone.
ROSPA have a range of advice covering safety, buying the right trampoline, where to put it, checking and keeping it safe and rules for use.

PACEY have a helpful article Think before they bounce - considering the use of trampolines in a childcare setting
e using a trampoline and it is a great way of supporting physical development in the outdoors. 

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