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Information, resources and regular news updates for childcare providers in Sandwell
Sandwell Childcare Provider Survey 2021 is now available to complete!
Section 11 of the 2006 Childcare Act places a duty on the Local Authority to undertake a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and to report annually on how the Local Authority is securing sufficient childcare. Childcare Sufficiency 2020/21
The information you provide will help the Local Authority to shape the childcare market in the borough, ensuring sustainable and diverse childcare is available to meet parents’ requirements. Your input is vital and enables the Local Authority to develop the childcare sector ensuring there is sufficient, sustainable and flexible childcare which is responsive to parents’ needs
What you need to do before September 2021 and how to access support.
This vodcast brings together the latest information on the revised early years foundation stage (EYFS) and the updated Development Matters for Private, Voluntary and Independent settings (PVIs) and childminders. It includes presentations from the Department for Education, Dr Julian Grenier and Ofsted as well as an interview with Vicky Dewar, Nursery Teacher at the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, who talks to us about her experiences of the early adopter year.
Holiday Playschemes - Apply NOW for HAF funding for Summer 2021
Sandwell Council is offering grant funding to organisations to deliver Holiday Activities and Food Programme in the Summer. The programme will support school aged children and young people in Sandwell, it covers both primary and secondary age range, including children with SEND and additional needs. The HAF Programme is open to children and families who are eligible for free school meals (the criteria has been extended as a universal offer during the Summer).
Contact Simone Harewood for more information
HAF is open to providers and organisations who have previously delivered play opportunities to children and young people in Sandwell.
Trusted Adult Training is for all staff working with children and young people in Sandwell. The training looks at supporting children’s mental health and well-being.
A free 3-week course produced by Public Health England to help you to explore the techniques of psychological first aid (PFA), the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies. You’ll focus on children and young people’s mental health, and what you can do to help them cope and access the support they need during and after emergencies and crisis situations.
Government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
There are four options for getting tested for Covid-19 in Sandwell
Sandwell Local Restrictions latest Government rules for Sandwell
Ofsted Rolling Update information and guidance relating to Covid-19
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
IMPORTANT Reminder – Who to Contact if there is a confirmed case of COVID.
Confirmed Covid cases within your setting need to be communicated via Report a serious childcare incident
DfE Helpline 0800 046 8687 select Option 1 for advice on the action to take in response to a positive case.
National Restrictions Guidance available in translation
The guidance collection brings together all the government guidance for early years and
childcare settings. Updates are added as they are published.
EYFS Guidance during Covid-19
Public Health England for the latest public health guidance
Sandwell Council Coronavirus advice and guidance
NHS latest advice
Early Years Sector Covid 19 and Consumer Law advice aimed at Early Years settings
Local Business Grants during Covid 19 Sandwell Council Business Support during Covid-19
EYFS Coronavirus Disapplications changes to EYFS during Covid-19
Local Restrictions in Early Years and Childcare how settings can prepare for restrictions and lifting of restrictions
Safeguarding and Remote Education during Covid-19 Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Early Years Team Contacts
30 Hours funding renewal reminder.
Please remind your families to renew their code to ensure that they can continue to access funding for their 3 and 4 year olds. Renewal must take place every three months and can be done via the HMRC website
Funding will not be able to continue without the relevant code, cut off dates for the funding are always as follows:
All codes must be given to providers before the cut-off date to ensure continuation of funding.
Tax Free Childcare
Parents can use Tax Free Childcare to pay for any form of care or supervised activity for a child that is not part of the child’s compulsory education. The childcare must be registered or approved.
You can sign up for this and to find out more go to the HMRC website (section for childcare providers) at: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
ELT NEF and 30 hours Covid-19 update
Summer Term 2021 funding for 2,3 and 4 year olds as normal.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30th September 2021
ELT 2 Year Old Funding Golden Tickets
We are still sending out the “Golden tickets” to all eligible parents who qualify for a two year old place, this is based on the data we receive from the DWP.
Please try to encourage as many parents as you can to apply for places and if they need help with this, then the Family Information Service still operates a support service for parents and have support workers who are available to help. Find out more
The next Early Years Network (PVI) Meeting
14th September 2021
Cyber Security in settings protect sensitive information in your settings
Sandwell LADO Referral forms and screening tool
7 Minute briefing on Sandwell LADO March 2021 understand the role of the LADO, thresholds for referral, transferrable risks, Position of Trust (POT) process and outcomes
Virtual Training College - Digital training courses,Bespoke training,Ready to go courses.
Book Here Early Years Training
First Response First Aid Videos
From September 2021, all early years providers must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework.
The key aims of the reforms are to:
- improve child outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy, especially for disadvantaged children; and
- reduce workload, such as unnecessary paperwork, so that practitioners can spend more time interacting with the children in their care.
To support the implementation of the revised EYFS, the Department for Education has developed a new online service for private, voluntary and independent early years settings and childminders. This service provides resources, advice and support to help practitioners to understand the requirements for each area of learning and development and what these requirements mean in practice. The new service is now live on gov.uk and can be accessed here – Prepare for changes to the early years foundation stage framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We encourage you to use this online service to support your planning and implementation of the EYFS reforms from September 2021.
The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.
The EYFS framework is changing from September 2021. You need to know what the changes are and how they affect you.
Lists of qualifications that meet DfE's criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios.
Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage.
Early Years - detailed DfE information for Early Years sector
Early Years Alliance supporting Early Years providers
Children and Young People Now online magazine for Early Years professionals
PACEY professional support for Early Years providers
Foundation Years for policies practice and resources
Coram Family and Childcare for professionals includes annual Childcare Surveys