Making the most of music' - Early Years and Foundation Stage.
We are running a 'making the most of music' training session for early years and foundation stage teachers, covering music and young children's music development.
As usual, this session will be full of new ideas, so even if you are very familiar with the Music Box project, you will come away with material you can put in to practice immediately.
The session is being run with Youth Music funding and is therefore FREE. It is limited to 20 places, so book now by emailing email@example.com.
The training day will be led by Zoe Greenhalgh and will cover:
- choosing and using songs and rhymes;
- adapting musical activities for different age groups, abilities, situations and environments;
- ideas on planning for music in continuous provision.
When? Monday 3rd October 2016
When? 4pm - 6pm
Where? Witton CLC, Buncer Lane, Blackburn BB2 6TD
Changes to Ofsted Guidance on Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years.
Dear Early Years Providers
The new requirement is one of a series of changes to Ofsted guidance on inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings, the first major update since the Common Inspection Framework was put in place a year ago. The guidance says, 'During term time, or when the setting is in operation, the designated safeguarding lead or an appropriately trained deputy should be available during opening hours for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns.'
Other main changes include:
· a new requirement for all staff and leaders to receive regular updates on safeguarding at least annually
· a new requirement for schools and settings to have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place to protect learners from harmful online material
· a new requirement for a staff behaviour policy
· clarification that designated staff need to have safeguarding training every two years, with knowledge and skills refreshed at least annually
Please ensure that all these new updates are included in your policies and procedures and staff members are thoroughly informed.
An Introduction to the Local Offer and Education, Health & Care Plans and how to get listed on the BWD Local Offer webpage
Consultation: Early years funding Changes to funding for 3 and 4 year olds
Dear Early Years Providers,
The Government has launched its consultation on changes to early years funding, including the proposed introduction of an early years national funding formula. These changes will affect the funding arrangements for both the existing three- and four-year old free entitlement and the extension to 30 hours for the children of working parents, which will be introduced nationally in September 2017. Please click on the above blue, underlined link for the information.
The deadline for responses is the 22ndSeptember 2016 and we would encourage you to take part in this important conversation. The Department of Education are also planning some regional engagement events in September we will keep you posted about these.
We are preparing a Local Authority response and will ensure there is time allocated to discuss this at the next Early Years Network Meeting which will take place at Shadsworth Children’s Centre on the 13th September 2016 at 6pm.
Early years business team
Early years funding consultation – Fact Sheet
The Capital grant funding window closed on 15/8/16 at 5pm. Thank you
FAQ for Capital Bidding Round
Please see attached frequently asked questions regarding the recent Capital Bidding Process
Early Years Capital Funding Expression of Interest - URGENT
In response to a request from an early year’s provider please see the initial Expression of Interest submitted from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to the DfE.