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Safeguarding information
  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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