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Telling stories with young children

A series of short films made for the Economic and Social Research Council 2021 Festival of Social Sciences aimed at parents of young children, and early years practitioners, considers the importance of storytelling, anywhere and everywhere. In conversations with an actor, a parent and practitioners , they look at storytelling techniques, the role of stories in young children's cultural identity, and how storytelling can be used to support  young children's learning.

Library Story Time


Sandwell Childcare Sufficiency Report 2021/22

The Childcare Sufficiency Report is now published with a detailed analysis of the childcare sector in Sandwell. 

Winter Infections Resources Autumn 2021

 Changes to EYFS Framework

What you need to do from September 2021 and how to access support.


Foundation Years vodcast: Understanding the revised EYFS - PVIs & childminders

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. 

Trusted Adult Training Course

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.

CYP Psychological First Aid

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. 

Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in education and childcare settings

Updated  contingency framework ahead of the autumn term, in line with wider government guidelines. 

The updated framework includes the new thresholds at which you might consider seeking public health advice and taking further action to reinforce measures already in place, updates to the circumstances in which local health protection teams or directors of public health might recommend you introduce some additional measures, and annexed guidance for managing cases in settings from 23 August.

Getting Tested  

Government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.

Sandwell Covid-19 Testing

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

Information and Reminders


Codes are only issued with ELT and 30 hours applications. Providers should not advise parents taking up 15 hours NEF that they need a code.

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:

  • 31 March

  • 31 August

  • 31 December

All codes must be given to providers before the cut-off date to ensure continuation of funding.

ELT 2 Year Old Funding Golden Tickets

“Golden tickets” are sent out 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

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.

Step by Step Tax Free Childcare

Check Eligibility

EYFS Framework

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 and can be accessed here – Prepare for changes to the early years foundation stage framework 


Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

Changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework

The EYFS framework is changing from September 2021. You need to know what the changes are and how they affect you.

EYFS staff:child ratio

Lists of qualifications that meet DfE's criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios.

Development Matters

Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage.

Oral Health in EYFS framework

Find out about promoting oral health as part of the early years foundation stage (EYFS)

Early Years Contacts

Early Years Team Contacts

Contact Details

Coronavirus Latest Guidance

The guidance collection brings together all the government guidance for early years and
childcare settings. Updates are added as they are published.

Managing coronavirus in education and childcare settings

Getting Tested 

Sandwell Covid-19 Testing

Rapid Testing for PVI Webinar

Latest Government Guidance on Coronavirus

Business Support during Covid-19

Safe working in Childcare settings

Guidance on Out of School Settings

EYFS Guidance  during Covid-19

Protective Measures

Day to day running of settings

SEND Guidance

Learning at home

Funding for Early Years and Childcare Settings

Coronavirus Information for families

Public Health England for the latest public health guidance

Sandwell Counci 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

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.

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Useful Resources

Early Years Data and Statistics

Sandwell Town Data Summer 2021

The town data has been collated to support existing childcare providers who are considering potential expansion and/or potential new childcare businesses who are looking for a sustainable business location.

Sandwell Childcare Sufficiency Report 2021/22

The Childcare Sufficiency Report is a detailed analysis of the childcare sector in Sandwell

Early Childhood Development

Early Years Sector Support

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

Early Years Newsletter

Latest Early Years Newsletter

Autumn 2021

Sandwell Keeps Talking

Sandwell Early Years has a NEW Toolkit for Early Years Practitioners. 

Sandwell Keeps Talking has a focus on Speech, Language and Communication as we know there are now many more gaps for our children within this area, and you are the best people to help them catch up.

Download Sandwell Keeps Talking Toolkit

Sandwell Keeps Talking