NEWS updates, Ofsted Updates and Inclusion conference

We have updated our NEWS page with details of the publication of the SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) Code Of Practice / Early Communication Support Leaflets / Factsheet regarding links between children’s development and feeding habits  – click here to read more about these items.

Ofsted have recently published revisions of their Evaluation schedule for inspecting Early Years provision, Conducting Early Years inspections and Conducting Childcare Register inspections documents, these come into effect 1st September’14.  Click here to view them from our Ofsted page. The Evaluation Schedule is a very helpful document when preparing for your inspection, although written to support Ofsted inspectors you can see from this document what Ofsted are coming to review at your setting and based on the level of evidence they see which grade to apply.

Inclusion Conferences – SfYC’s Inclusion team are holding 2 conferences around Autism Spectrum and Social Communication Needs.  Click the flyer for full details of dates, venues, costs and booking advice: Inclusion Conference Flyer’14

HMRC September programme of webinarsclick here to view a full list of the free webinars provided by HMRC.

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NEWS, Ofsted, Training and the Gruffalo!

NEWS: we have updated our news page with details of the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge happening in local libraries. Also details of the HMRC factsheets Click here to read more.

Ofsted: we have updated our Ofsted page with some new Ofsted factsheets including a link to the revised version of the ‘Are you ready for your inspection’ document Click here to read more.

Oh help Oh no it’s a Gruffalo! – we are running some free outdoor summer Quality Practice and Play Sessions across Hampshire to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Gruffalo, click the invite to find out more details and booking instruction: Gruffalo QPPS Invite

HMRC free TAX webinars for childminders:  to take part please click on your preferred date, submit your email address and joining instructions will be emailed directly to you:

Safeguarding Training - we have updated our advice around safeguarding training on our Safeguarding page, click here to read more.

Connect, Reflect and Grow training (CRG) – details of some CRG training happening in Hampshire. CRG is an intervention where practitioners are guided to reflect on video clips of their own successful interactions. Analysing clips helps to slow the process down and identify when children initiate behaviours. Click the flyer for more details and costs. To make a booking click the booking form (Word format document), and return to the address on the form:

Basingstoke Children’s Centre cluster have published their Summer newsletter, click the link to open: Basingstoke CC cluster summer newsletter

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NEWS updates

NEWS page updates. Notification of a free online training portal available to childcare practitioners supporting children with mental health issues called MindEd.  Also a notification from Public Health England on the importance of immunisation.  click here to read both articles.

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NEWS updates, HMRC updates, Training update, Children Centre newsletter

NEWS page update with

  • SEND Local Offer which all childcare settings should look to have in place by Sept’14
  • Update from HMRC on the range of services available to childminders
  • Changes to Child Therapy Services in Hampshire and the new referral process.
  • Changes to the Food Standards Agency Safer Food Better Business pack.

HMRC: have launched a new online tutorial designed to support anyone thinking about ‘Becoming an Employer’ click here to view. They are continuing to offer their free webinar for childminders, click on the link for the date you wish to attend, submit your email address and further joining instructions will be emailed to you:

  • Saturday 7th June 10:30am – click here to join
  • Thursday 26th June 7:30pm – click here to join

SfYC Workforce Development Update: Bursary applications for degree pathway (L4-L6) courses are now being accepted for courses starting Sept’14 click here.  If you are interested in embarking on a Level 3 or starting a foundation degree course click here to read more about the courses available, providers and funding support from SfYC.

Basingstoke Children’s Centre Cluster have published their Spring newsletter; click the link to view Basingstoke CC Spring 14 Newsletter. If you live in the Basingstoke area, making a copy of this available to parents is a great way of demonstrating your partnerships with parents and the wider professional workforce!

Baby Resuscitation training – only £10 per head being held in Winchester on 12th July, everyone welcome please share this poster with your families, for more details including booking open this link: Baby Resuscitation Poster 12 7 14

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Ofsted videos, Transition info, Autism training, 2YO funding and litterbugs!

Ofsted have produced some short films supporting best practice in the EYFS entitled RIGHT from the startClick here to download the film set in a childminding setting.  If you scroll down the page from this film you will find links to the other films in this series from different settings.

NEWS page updates include access to the SfYC transitions support and RDS documents, and some useful guides from the Hampshire Autism Support Service click here to read more.

Wendy Lawson Autism Workshops – Would you like to understand autism even better? – Short notice of this event: it is running on Friday 9th May in Hedge End.  Please pass on to parents and carers of autistic children. For costs and booking info click the link:Wendy Lawson Autism Talks May 14

2 Year Old Funding – SfYC have produced a helpful guide to funding for 2 Year Olds, please share this with parents of 2 year olds or those who will be 2 soon, click the link to download and print: What is FREE Early Years Education for 2YO’s May 14 If you have questions about becoming a 2 year old provider please contact your PACEY co-ordinator, click here to find contact details.

Gosport Litter Action have been busy organising lots of events and competitions to raise awareness of littering, click the link to find out what is going on and join in: Litter Bugs Me! Big clean up weekend poster – Gosport

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SfYC Business Email accounts, Ofsted update, new EYFS & Lending library

SfYC Business Email Accounts – have you activated yours?  This is a FREE email account supplied to you by the Local Authority for all settings in Hampshire.  It is in use now and if you haven’t yet activated it you will be missing out on important information relating to your childminding business.  You could be missing out on enquiries from potential new parents!  To activate your account please contact your HCC Local Office click here for contact details.

Ofsted update – Ofsted have published a good practice guide to school readiness, an important hot topic at the moment, click here to download.

Revised EYFS – the anticipated revised EYFS, effective from September 2014 has been published, for more details on the changes and to download a copy click here.  We will be issuing more information before September regarding the changes.

Lending Library in Rushmoor – a specialist service supporting children with additional needs or those who need some extra support, for more details of what resources you can loan, when and where the service is available please open the link: Lending Library Rushmoor

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EYE Update and Inspiring You Conference update

Important news for EYE providing childminders. Soon you will receive an email to your business email account outlining the changes to your EYSFF rate, for claiming for 3 and 4 yr old children, effective from 1/4/14 as discussed in this term’s EYE provider briefings. Please remember to check that email account to access your communication, so that you understand what your rate will be after 1/4/14. There is no change to the rate for 2 year olds which remains £5.07 for all children who are eligible and is the same for all providers.

Inspiring You Inclusion Conference.   Click the link to read the conference notes, this will be of interest to our Short Breaks carers, EYE providers and anyone caring for children with disabilities. Inspiring You Inclusion Conference Notes If you have questions relating to this document please email the Short Breaks team on 

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NEWS Updates

We have updated our NEWS page with the following articles:

  • Automatic de-registration by Ofsted – read more and act now to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
  • Keeping Records – how long to keep Early Years Education funding records.
  • Corrulute – a new musical instrument children can make themselves.

Click here to read more.

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Inspiration Page Updates

We have updated our Inspiration! Page with a wonderful example of mark making made really fun and different to engage children, click here to view, don’t miss the additional info and more photos link ‘mark making made fun’.

We have also updated our Just Add Children! page with another set of inspiration ideas for you to try in your settings. Click here to view.

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New Safeguarding Parents Poster and TAX support

SfYC have published a revised Safeguarding Parents Poster, this revised version has a yellow banner at the top. We advise you share this poster with parents either by displaying it or keeping it in an accessible parent info file.  Click this link to download and print: Safeguarding Poster For Parents Jan 14  (click back button to return to this page).

Do you need any help with your Self-Assessment TAX return?   HMRC have the following help (all links will open in a new window):

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