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Information, resources and regular news updates for childcare providers in Sandwell

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Next month, on World Mental Health Day, the National Literacy Trust are encouraging families to take part in the #Take10ToRead challenge by reading for 10 minutes at 10am on Monday 10 October.

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Library Story Time             BookTrust Story Time

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*Courses and Training*

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. 

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  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 

Families that qualify for a 2 year old free childcare place should be encouraged to apply.

Parents may need more information or assistance with the application process. Direct families to the Family Information Service for one to one support with the online application form. 

Apply for a 2 year old free childcare place

“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.

Parents do not need to apply online if they have received a "Golden Ticket"

DfE Guidance on assessing 2,3 and 4 year old funding for Afghan families under Government resettlement programmes.

Assessing eligibility and funding for afghan families

ARAP and ACRS families will have recourse to public funds and could be eligible for the free early education entitlements where they meet the published eligibility criteria.

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

Working in childcare in Sandwell


Starting a new nursery, preschool or other group childcare business in Sandwell?

Becoming a registered childminder and starting a childminding business?

Want to know more about working in childcare in Sandwell?

Contact the team at Sandwell Early Years for support with training and development, policies and procedures, recruitment and sustainability, 2,3 and 4 year old funding and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Contact Sandwell Early Years


telephone: 0121 569 4960


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.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook 2022

Guidance to help teachers and 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 in the 2021/22 academic year.

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)

Foundation Years Vodcast

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. 

Birth to 5 Matters

non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Early Years Contacts

Early Years Team Contacts

Contact Details

Craft Corner


Go to Craft Corner for lots of craft activities, ideas and inspiration 

Useful Resources

Home Learning Resources 

Family Support

Data Protection and GDPR

Data and Online Safety

Cyber Security in settings  protect sensitive information in your settings

Sandwell LADO  Referral forms and screening tool

Email communications requesting LADO advice and guidance should be sent to  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

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

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

Sandwell Private Fostering

Check Early Years Qualifications

Infectious Diseases Guidance

Book Here Early Years Training

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative

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.

Business Rates in Sandwell

Business Rates: Nursery Discount 2021-22

Recruiting and managing early years staff

Early Years Inspection Handbook

Childcare Survey 2021

Hong Kong UK Welcome Programme

Domestic Abuse Partner Pack

Potty Training Package for Early Years Settings

Online Safety Guidance

Claiming motoring expenses if you’re self-employed

What expenses can I include in my Self Assessment tax return?

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.

Marketing your childcare business

Sandwell Family Information Service Hub is a free website to advertise your childcare business locally. Keep your information up-to-date and make the most of the FIS to promote your setting to families.

Register your childcare business


Marketing your Early Years Business is a key element of any business plan and directly contributes towards improving your long-term sustainability.

Marketing helps you better understand and anticipate your customer needs. It gives you expertise and the right tools to adapt quickly to a changing market and ensures your childcare business competes successfully.

Every provider wants to manage a childcare business where their childcare places are either full or occupancy high. In an increasingly competitive early years sector, actively marketing your service enables you to continually attract new enquiries from parents. It also retains the loyalty of those families already registered with you.


Business Smart Marketing

Marketing your business doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you don’t have to be a creative genius. Online technology has made it easier than ever to reach potential customers. PACEY has some ideas to help you advertise your services, as well as promote all the great things you do to existing parents


Promote your setting to parents

Nursery World 5 key tips to promote your setting to parents.

1) Know what local parents are looking for

2) Identify your unique selling points

3) Sell your setting to the outside world

4) Present your setting in the best light

5) Maintain a high profile



National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) advice on marketing your childcare business. Membership costs apply.



Social Media

Free social media courses

Social media basics

Getting on social media


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.

Coronavirus Latest Guidance

Latest Government Guidance on Coronavirus

Sandwell Council Coronavirus advice and guidance

NHS latest advice 

Emergency Planning

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

covid stay alert

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

Coram Childcare Survey 2021

Annual childcare cost survey

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.

Early Years Newsletter

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