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.
Service Lead – Early Intervention and Prevention
For booking enquiries please contact:
Project Officer, Early Intervention and Prevention
N.b. Please ensure you outline your name, role, agency, telephone number and email address on all your emails.
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.
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.
· 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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstestsfor 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.
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.