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
We are pleased to confirm new dates have been commissioned.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, or electronically through https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/alanwoodLSCBreview.
Logon to Blackburn With Darwen's Parent Portal to check if your child is eligible for 2 year old Free Early Education
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.
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.
Transforming Lives Request for Support Form
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.
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.
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.
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.