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News and updates           

Safeguarding information

Date: 19.09.2016 

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.

Earlyyears.businessteam@blackburn.gov.uk
 

Date: 16.09.2016 

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.

Kind regards
Early years business team

Early years funding consultation – Fact Sheet


Date: 15.08.2016 
The Capital grant funding window closed on 15/8/16 at 5pm. Thank you

Date: 08.08.2016 

FAQ for Capital Bidding Round 

Please see attached frequently asked questions regarding the recent Capital Bidding Process

Click HERE!


Date: 08.08.2016 

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.

 

Click HERE!
 Date: 01.08.2016 
Tax-Free Childcare: Top things childcare providers should know

Top things childcare providers need to know about Tax-Free Childcare.

Tax-Free Childcare is a new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare.

For more information click !HERE


Date: 28.07.2016 

Lets Get Digital – A 2 Minute Survey
 

To all Early Years Providers

We would like to get your views on Social media, and gauge your interest in joining an early Years Facebook group with the aim of sharing ideas, good practice and working towards improving outcomes for children.

Thank you in advance for taking time to respond.  Details of the group will be made known to you in the coming weeks.

Lets get digital Document


Date: 28.07.2016 

To all Early Years Providers
 

Paediatric First Aid Changes to Requirements.

The government has decided to proceed to include, from 1 September 2016a requirement in the EYFS that for newly qualified early years staff (with full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) to also hold a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or emergency PFA certificate in order to be included in the required ratios in an early years setting. 

Childcare providers will be allowed a three month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer.

We would like to signpost you to Marion Westell who does all our training.  Please see attached letter and contact her directly for more information.

Early Years Business Team
PFA Requirements
Date: 19.07.2016 

Notice of Local Authority Early Years Capital Bidding Round

 

The number one priority of this fund is to target areas within local authorities most in need of capital funding to deliver 30 hours places by September 2017.

 

Capital grants are available through a local authority bidding process to support the delivery of the 30 hours extended entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds coming into effect from September 2017.

 

The timescales for bids are:
 
Monday 15th August 2016 – Bids to be submitted to the Local Authority
 
Wednesday 31st August 2016 – Bids approved by the Local Authority submitted to the DfE
 

Bids assessed as successful by the DfE will be notified by December 2016

 

If you have any further questions please contact the Earlyyears.businessteam@blackburn.gov.uk and enter Early Years Capital Bidding Round’ into the subject box.

 

To access all application forms and information please click HERE


Date: 14.07.2016 
Neighbourhood activities taking place for young  people
  

Date: 11.07.2016 

Letter from Public Heath regarding Children’s Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine


Date: 11.07.2016 
Summer activities taking place in the children’s centres
 
Click HERE for more information

Date: 01.07.2016 
Please see attached poster for ideas for resources that children will enjoy using
 
 

Date: 20.06.2016 
Please drop in to the children’s centre to see how you can contribute to a child’s Life Story Book 
 

Date: 07.06.2016 

These posters can display to promote BwD’s Local Offer to support children with additional needs.


Date: 20.05.2016 
 
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review 2016
 

Please find below the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review 2016. The report was written following data collection from childcare providers, parents and employers in Blackburn with Darwen.

Thank you for all those who returned their forms.


Date: 26.04.2016 

CAF Training

We are pleased to confirm new dates have been commissioned.

Course aims:

To ensure practitioners understand where CAF sits in terms of governance, local strategies and drivers.

To ensure practitioners understand:

  • How to use the CAF/TAF documentation/tools. 
  • How to approach a CAF/TAF
  •       The key principles of working with families

·         The role of Lead Professional (including skills to chairing a TAF)

·         Step up and Step down

·         The role of Quality Assurance within the CAF process

·         The role of CAF Champion within their organisation

Learning  Outcomes:

The training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a Lead Professional/CAF practitioner. A number of guidance and support documents will be sent you on completion of the course which will act as a resource library for future.
Dates: 9th June, 19th September, 10th November  (all 2016) and 2nd February (2017)

Duration: 9:15am arrival 9:30am Start 16:00 Finish.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable,  If you are interested in booking a place/s please book through our booking portal by clicking on the following link

https://v1.bookwhen.com/bwd-safeguarding


Date: 13.04.2016 
30 Hours Free Childcare Consultation
 The 30 hours free childcare consultation is now live and runs from runs from 3 Apr 2016 to 6 Jun 2016

 

The DFE is seeking views on key elements of the operation and delivery of the 30 hours extended free entitlement for the working parents of 3- and 4-year olds.

 

 

30 hours consultation document https://consult.education.gov.uk/early-years-funding/childcare-free-entitlement

 

30 hours consultation mailbox: 30Hours.CONSULTATION@education.gsi.gov.uk

 

Thanks


Date: 13.04.2016 
 

CAF Training

 

We are pleased to confirm new dates have been commissioned.

 

Course aims:

To ensure practitioners understand where CAF sits in terms of governance, local strategies and drivers.

 

To ensure practitioners understand:

  • How to use the CAF/TAF documentation/tools. 
  • How to approach a CAF/TAF

·         The key principles of working with families

·         The role of Lead Professional (including skills to chairing a TAF)

·         Step up and Step down

·         The role of Quality Assurance within the CAF process

·         The role of CAF Champion within their organisation

 

Learning  Outcomes:

The training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a Lead Professional/CAF practitioner. A number of guidance and support documents will be sent you on completion of the course which will act as a resource library for future.

 

Dates: 9th June, 19th September, 10th November  (all 2016) and 2nd February (2017)

 

Duration: 9:15am arrival 9:30am Start 16:00 Finish.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable,  If you are interested in booking a place/s please book through our booking portal by clicking on the following link

 

Date: 12.04.2016 

Government launches new help with childcare costs pages.

 

A new web page has been launched on GOV.UK which brings together all the current childcare costs information in one place.

This will help parents and carers understand how this information will support them in their working lives.

 This new web page should be useful  when supporting and advising parents and carers if they are in work or thinking of returning to work or training.

 

www.gov.uk/childcaresupport


Date: 12.04.2016 
INSPIRE - Training and Education
Inspire (adults) and Go2 (young people) is the new Integrated Prevention and Recovery Service for Blackburn and Darwen (BwD), providing a response to individual needs across the life course.
 

Date: 12.04.2016 
NOTICE - Increase in Scarlet Fever

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the signs, symptoms and the actions to be taken if you become aware of an outbreak at your school or nursery.

Letter to schools and Nurseries


Date: 11.04.2016 

Safe Parenting Programme
New course for parents and carers !!    Safer parenting is a FREE three week programme for parents and families.   It is designed to  raise awareness about the prevention of accidents and injuries in the home, such as burns and scalds, trips and fall etc.    The course will be held at Darwen Children’s Centre.  For more information and to book a place contact Carol Holding on (01254) 778900.  See the attached poster for details of dates and times. Creche provided.
 

Date: 08.03.2016 
Looked After Children / Children in our Care
On 1st March the Early Years Team launched a PEP Form and guidance to be used for any looked after child registered in early years settings.  It is statutory for 3 year olds to have a PEP (Personal Education Plan) in place.  Social Workers must work with the designated key person at the setting to ensure that this happens.  Social Workers must also forward a copy of the PEP to an Early Years Pep Co-Ordinator.  Lisa Nicholson, Dorothea Newton and Pauline Pate are Pep Co-Ordinators.  Please contact Lisa Nicholson if you have any questions.
 

Date: 26.02.2016 
Review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards' role and functions
 
Given the requirement in the EYFS for childcare providers to align their safeguarding policy and procedures with those of their LSCB the EY sector, and childcare organisations in particular, will have an interest in this review.

You may be aware that DfE Ministers have commissioned Alan Wood, a recently retired Director of Children’s Services, to undertake a rapid independent review of the role and functions of LSCBs, with a final report due by the end of March. The
terms of reference can be found here.

Please also see the
letter from Alan Wood with a set of questions on which he would welcome responses from as wide a range of interested parties as possible. Please send any comments direct to Alan – either to his mailbox at DfE, LSCBreview.mailbox@education.gsi.gov.uk, or electronically through https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/alanwoodLSCBreview

Date: 18.02.2016 
 
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
Logon to Blackburn With Darwen's Parent Portal to check if your child is eligible for 2 year old Free Early Education
 
download seo panel
 
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
 
The Government recently published ‘Future in Mind’, a report from The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce (Department of Health, NHS England, 2015).  The report identifies a number of themes, core principles and requirements that are considered to be fundamental to creating a system that properly supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
 
The flowchart below has been developed to assist health, education, early years and social care practitioners in following the agreed multi-agency policy where a non-mobile child is observed with bruising and injuries.
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
 

Date: 20.01.2016 
 
Date: 28.10.2015 
 
Transforming Lives Request for Support Form
 
Dear All,
It states on page 2 that the referral needs to be in by 12 Noon on Monday, this is incorrect as the date has now changed for referrals to be submitted by 4pm Friday prior to panel.

It does state this on page 1.  Please replace your previous copy with the new attached referral form.

 

Kind regards

Nikki Hobkirk
Administrator

 
 
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Date: 28.10.2015 
 
Dear Provider,

 

CAPT and ROSPA are reminding people that:

 

Button batteries are deadly, and the risk escalates in the lead up to Christmas when flashing toys and musical Santa hats, Christmas cards and decorations flood the market.

If swallowed by a child, the electrical charge from a button battery creates caustic soda inside the body. This can burn a hole through the throat and major blood vessels and children can bleed to death.
 

Date: 28.10.2015 
 
Dear Provider,

 

The LSCB will be supporting an e-safety live event in January 2016, which is delivered by the UK Safer Internet Centre. It will be an information packed 2 hours and is for anyone who works with children and young people. This will take place at Westholme School.

 

For more information and to book a place, please click on the attached flyer. 
 

Date: 27.10.2015
 
 
Date: 15.10.2015
These sessions will be run on a Tuesday from 4-5pm at Earcroft Childrens Centre, BB3 0HF
 
Autumn Term 2015
22.09.2015 - 4-5pm - Removing the barriers to Learning
06.10.2015 - 4-5pm - Assessment
03.11.2015 - 4-5pm - Working with Families
17.11.2015 - 4-5pm - Writing an I.E.P
01.12.2015 - 4-5pm - EHCP Submissiojns and "All about me" Meetings
 
Spring Term 2016
12.01.2016 - 4-5pm - Different Professionals and their Roles
26.01.2016 - 4-5pm - Organising a review meeting
09.02.2016 - 4-5pm - Creating a Communicative Environment
01.03.2016 - 4-5pm - Planning small group sessions
15.03.2016 - 4-5pm - Sensory issues 
 
These are all 1 hour long workshops for SENCos & Childminders in Blackburn with Darwen, Workshops will Be lead by an advisory teacher from the S.E.N.D. Support service throughout the academic Year.

Date: 24.09.2015
  

Date: 16.09.2015
  
Carrying other people’s children / Child car seats
  

Date: 24