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Sandwell Early Years information, advice and support. Find information on EYFS Framework, Ofsted regulations, DfE guidance, marketing, social media and business support. Get the latest guidance and stay up to date with changes to regulations.

Check out the information and resources, statistical data and early years development sections.

EYFS 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.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook 2022

Download guidance to help early years practitioners make accurate judgements about each child’s level of development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and to detail the statutory requirements for the EYFS profile assessment.

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)

Birth to 5 Matters

non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Early Years Bitesize Training

Early Years Bitesize Training

Sandwell Early Years bitesize training for providers and practitioners. 

The Sandwell Early Years Team has produced a series of "Bitesize" training materials, covering a range of important topics, that all Early Years practitioners can access at any time.

Once a set of training has been completed, delegates can use a Microsoft Form (contained in each training presentation) to generate a certificate confirming their participation.

We hope that practitioners will find the "Bitesize" training useful, and if there are any questions or further training needs please contact your QTS

Early Years Bitesize Training

Ofsted inspections of early years providers

How Ofsted inspects childcare and early years, including the education inspection framework, deferring inspections, and safeguarding.

Early Years Inspection Handbook

Ofsted guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework.

Ofsted EIF inspections and the EYFS

What schools and registered early years providers need to know about delivering the current and revised early years foundation stage (EYFS).

Framework for the regulation of provision on the childcare register

How Ofsted regulates applicants and childcare services that are only on the Childcare Register.

Information and Resources

Data Protection

Data Protection and GDPR

Data and Online Safety

Cyber Security in settings  protect sensitive information in your settings

Online Safety Guidance


Sandwell LADO  Referral forms and screening tool

Email communications requesting LADO advice and guidance should be sent to Sandwell_LADO@sandwellchildrenstrust.org  this email is monitored

Management of Allegations

If you are an Employee/Volunteer working regularly or closely with children in Sandwell, it is important you read this guidance

7 Minute briefing on Sandwell LADO  understand the role of the LADO, thresholds for referral, transferrable risks, Position of Trust (POT) process and outcomes

Sandwell Children's Safeguarding Partnership Training 

Child Exploitation Strategy

Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) key safeguarding information for Early Years Practitioners, raising awareness of child exploitation and support services to ensure children in Sandwell remain safe from harm. 

Sandwell Children's Trust Early Help Training

Domestic Abuse - information for professionals

SMBC Domestic Abuse strategy and information for professionals including child to parent abuse guidance 

Stop Abuse Together

Government campaign to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation

Domestic Abuse Partner Pack

Health and Safety

Infectious Diseases Guidance

Home Safety Advice

Strong Magnet Advice

Button Battery Safety Advice

What to do if a child swallows a battery or magnet

Emergency Planning

How educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.

Healthy Sandwell  health advice and support

NHS latest advice 


Business and Employment Support

Business Rates in Sandwell

Recruiting and managing early years staff

Early Years Inspection Handbook

Virtual Training College Digital training courses,Bespoke training,Ready to go courses.

Check Early Years Qualifications

Book Here Early Years Training

Supporting Families

Potty Training Package for Early Years Settings

Sandwell Private Fostering

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Hong Kong UK Welcome Programme


Home Learning Resources 

The Scrapstore Birmingham

The Scrapstore offers out of school providers, schools, community groups and individuals the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality materials, save money and promote the reuse of waste materials.

Courses and Training

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. 

Early Years Data and Statistics

Sandwell Childcare Sufficiency Report 2022/23

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

Coram Childcare Survey 2023

Sandwell Town Data Summer 2022

2,3 and 4 year old take up in 6 towns in Sandwell

Early Childhood Development

How a child's brain develops through early experiences

Brain Matters documentary  Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Education  The Research

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.

Birth to 5 Matters

non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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

Sources of income for early years providers  There are a number of additional sources of funding available that you can use to support individual children and raise the quality of childcare that you offer.

Page last reviewed: 27/07/2023


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