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Safeguarding information
Date: 11.02.2015
Early Years Network


Thank you to all those who attended the Early Years Network.

The next network event is scheduled for Tuesday May 12th 2015


Date: 11.02.2015 

NDNA Online Training


We have purchased some additional   NDNA online courses which you can access for free:

·         Food hygiene

·         Health and Safety for childcare practitioners  (Limited to 2 places)

·         Recruitment and selection ( for managers or deputies in  group settings only )


For details of the course see the NDNA website


Please contact David Ford – to request a code


You can  also access  free NDNA  online  courses ( no code required ):


  EYFS – the basics  

           4 online business and management courses free until 31st March :

·         Beginners Guide to Nursery Finance,

·         Marketing and Sales,

·         Business Planning and Expansion,

·         Managing Effectively

For details  visit :  


Date: 03.02.2015

Better Inspection For All

Consultation response has been published today, Click on the following link for more information
Date: 03.02.2015

Public Health England have issued an urgent alert on bath safety and especially the use of bath seats, following a series of deaths and near misses.

Bath seats have been implicated and according to reports, one in three deaths from accidental drowning involving children aged 0-2 involve bath seats
More information can be found in the below links

Date: 03.02.2015
St John Ambulance, The Chokeables Advert: Save a Choking Baby

Date: 26.01.2014
ASQ-3TM and reviews for children aged 2-2 ½

From 2015, health visiting teams will be using an evidence-based questionnaire called the Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3™) as part of Healthy Child Programme (HCP) reviews at age two, in order to generate data for a public health outcome measure of child development at age 2-2½. The concept of an integrated review at age 2, bringing together the EYFS progress check with the HCP health review is currently being explored jointly by DH and DfE.
Read more about ASQ-3™

Date: 22.01.2014

Free Lancashire mind training – Self Harm Awareness

Improve awareness and understanding of self-harm in Blackburn with Darwen
Date: 22.01.2014
For information
Winning Childcare Challenge: NDNA Annual Nursery Survey 2015



Date: 12.01.2014
Ofsted big conversation event for childcare providers in Blackburn With Darwen
Please click link for more information
Date: 12.01.2014
Institute of Health Visiting
Toilet training is one of those child developmental stages parents can find frustrating and complex. Making the transition from nappy to toilet can certainly be a challenge, particularly if you feel pressurised to start the process before your child is ready. iHV have produced a factsheet on toilet training that can be accessed below

Date: 15.12.2014



The annual statutory Early Years Census is upon us once again. The Census date is the 15th January 2015.  To allow you to familiarise with the paperwork which needs to be completed, the Early Years Business Team have attached the relevant paperwork to the link below
 It is important that this paperwork is completed and returned to us by the deadline of 23rd January.

Date: 12.12.2014
Information for what to do to deal with outbreaks of colds and flu

Date: 08.12.2014
 Please find attached Norovirus packs from PHE

Date: 05.12.2014
Allergen Information
From 13th December Early years and Childcare providers are required to provide allergen information about the food provided.  
More information can be found at

Early Years Pupil Premium
 Q&A document relating to Early Years Pupil Premium

Date: 27.11.2014
Emergencies and severe weather guidance


The DFE have issued advice and guidance in case of severe weather and emergencies



Date: 28.10.2014
Childcare sufficiency assessment questionnaire
Dear Provider

The annual Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is due to take place on Wednesday 5th November 2014.

Forms to enable you to capture this data will be delivered to your setting prior to this date

Please ensure your responses are returned by Monday 10th November 2014

Date: 19.10.2014
In September 2013 the LSCB endorsed the findings and recommendations of the multi-agency CAF review and in October 2013 CAF was highlighted as the underpinning tool of the Early Help to support children and their families requiring early help.

Since then a multi-agency steering group have driven the development of new paperwork, an electronic CAF recording system, quality assurance processes and a training programme in answer to the recommendations made in the report, presented to the LSCB.

In the past month we have briefed current CAF lead professionals and key colleagues on the changes that have taken place.

Date: 15.10.2014

Advice for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Ebola Virus. You may wish to use the following key points from the Public Health England advice to reassure them:


·         The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.

·         Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.

·         It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.

·         There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.
Advice and guidance from Public Health England regarding Ebola is available to download here:-

 Date: 07.10.2014

Dear Provider,  Please note the SEN & Disability 0 – 25 Local Offer has gone live.  Please follow the link below.


Date: 30.09.2014
Sustainable Food Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council invite you to ‘Save The Date’ for a consultation event on:


12th November 2014, venue to be confirmed


The event will be held from 9:30-1.30pm ending with a networking lunch; it will be an informal gathering with 4 main aims:
·         To highlight the great sustainable food work already happening in Blackburn with Darwen
  • To discuss the Sustainable Food Cities key issues
  • To discuss and comment on the draft Sustainable Food Lancashire charter and strategic framework
  • To identify potential partners and establish a BwD Sustainable Food action group

Sustainable Food Cities is a National Programme to address:

·         Sustainable supply chains

·         Community food projects

·         Food knowledge and skills

·         Public sector food

·         Food enterprises

·         Food poverty and access

·         Healthy and sustainable diets

·         Food waste



This event will be by invitation only due to expected interest and capacity. Please feel free to disseminate this ‘Save The Date’ amongst your networks to support this exciting new programme for Blackburn with Darwen. To avoid the event becoming oversubscribed we ask that partner organisations register just one representative.


Please register your interest, or direct any queries about this programme, by emailing Kay Johnson by Friday 10th October.


 Date: 24.09.2014
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“Looking after someone else’s child?”


Did you know that after 28 days this becomes a more

formal arrangement called Private Fostering?


If you have been looking after someone else’s child for longer than 28 days, please call us on: 01254 666400

 Date: 17.09.2014
  Dear Colleague


In September 2013 the LSCB endorsed the findings and recommendations of the multi-agency CAF review.


In October 2013 CAF was highlighted in the Early Help Strategy launch as the underpinning tool to support children and their families requiring early help.


Since then a multi-agency steering group have driven the development of new paperwork, an electronic system, quality assurance processes and a training programme in answer to the recommendations made in the report, presented to the LSCB.


We are now in a position to share these developments with you and launch these refreshed system and processes.


We are looking to brief you on these developments and would like you to attend one of the briefing sessions we are hosting.   


I have attached a timetable which outlines the dates, times and venues.


The session will be an opportunity for you to understand what the CAF developments means for you and your organisations, and gain an awareness of progress to date and future challenges/developments.


I would be grateful if you could advise Laura Whittle (details below) which briefing session you would like to attend, no later than 22nd September 2014.


Please note that these sessions are on a first come first served basis.


I look forward to your attendance and thank you for your continued support with this service area.


Yours sincerely

Joanne Stewart

Service Lead – Early Intervention and Prevention



For booking enquiries please contact:

Laura Whittle

Project Officer, Early Intervention and Prevention

01254 666768

N.b. Please ensure you outline your name, role, agency, telephone number and email address on all your emails.
 Date: 05.09.2014

Date: 22.08.2014
Ofsted has scrapped its complaint-driven inspections of early years settings in relation to low-level complaints following a trial.


Tougher inspection rules were introduced in September 2012 so that any complaint against an early years setting triggered an inspection.

Those subject to a serious complaint were inspected within a week, while lesser complaints triggered an inspection within 30 days.

But following a
four-week trial in May, Ofsted has now permanently scrapped the 30-day inspection.

Serious complaints will still trigger a swift inspection, but lesser, low-risk complaints will now be dealt with at the setting’s next scheduled Ofsted inspection.

Ofsted will write to providers to let them know about any low-risk complaint and that it will be a focus for inspectors when they next visit.


To read the full story, please see: 

 Date: 31.07.2014

Gain Early Years Teacher Status in 3 months!


Are you a highly experienced early years practitioner interested in further professional development? Have you considered gaining Early Years Teacher Status?


Edge Hill University have places remaining on the 3 month Assessment Only route, a self-funding route at a cost of £1995.00.


This is a great opportunity for experienced practitioners to demonstrate that they meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and to play an active role in raising the status and quality of the early years workforce.


Over the 3 month period, you will be required to complete 8 written reflections, to build a portfolio of evidence, and to complete an assessment visit at the end of the 3 months to show that you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will need to have excellent experience across the 0-5 age range in order to meet the requirements of the programme without undertaking any further training. There will be 3 sessions held at the Woodlands Centre in Chorley in order to support you through the assessment process.


The Early Years Teacher Status team pride themselves on providing high quality support to their trainees and will be there to answer your queries and any concerns over the 3 month period.


Entry Requirements


·        A degree

·        GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent qualifications)

·        Professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy – please visit more information and to register/book these tests. It is essential that interested candidates do this as soon as possible, as all entry requirements must be met before commencing on the programme at the end of September 2014.


You will find an application form attached along with guidance notes and a reference and qualification sheet. As places are limited, it is important that applications are submitted promptly and skills tests booked at the earliest opportunity.


If you have any questions then please get in touch or call us on 01257 517126/7 and we’ll be happy to help.

  Date: 30.07.2014
Speech and Language Therapy Training Courses and Workshops  

The 2014-15 brochure for Speech and Language Therapy training courses and workshops is now available.

The courses offered are suitable for parents, carers, SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and professionals working with young people of all ages.

Date: 30.07.2014
NDNA – free online training
As a special offer nurseries can access three online training courses for free on the NDNA Early Years Development Zone.
Each course is available to each nursery to complete once.
The courses are:

·         Beginners’ Guide to Nursery Finance

·         Marketing and Sales

·         Managing performance through Effective Appraisal

Date: 30.07.2014
 Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms (SEND reforms)
Following the recent Blackburn with Darwen briefings on the SEND Code of Practice   some Frequently Asked Questions have been produced.
 4Children have produced a guide for the SEND reforms for those working in Early Years. This is available on the Foundation Years website. 

Date: 09.05.2014
Revised Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage - to be implemented September 2014
The DfE have published the revised version of the Early Years  Statutory Framework  which is effective from September 2014

Date: 02.04.2014  
Childcare sufficiency assessment
The Council has undertaken it's third Childcare Sufficiency Assessment which looks at the childcare market in the borough. In order to help us gain an overall picture, we gathered the views of (1) parents and carers who access childcare (2) employers in the borough and (3) current active childcare providers. 
The report is now available to download from the Business page - click here to be re-directed.
If you have any queries or concerns please contact the early years business team on

Date: 27.02.2014
Child Accident Prevention Trust (updates at Feb 2014)
CAPT have launched a new campaign to help increase awareness and reduce the number of injuries to children from hair straighteners. They have also provided advice and guidance for the safe use of baby slings.
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