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.
Update from the SfYC Quality Development Training team: The link to the online payment form to purchase your new training subscription is now available click here to access. We have also updated the Quality Improvement Training programme to view the new document click here.
We are sorry for any inconvenience you experienced because this link was not available on 15 January as originally stated. Therefore we have extended the closure date for purchasing places in the new training subscription until midnight Sunday 9 March.
Ofsted have opened a consultation on the regulation of the proposed childminder agencies. Ofsted seek the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to, registered early years provision. The closing date for the consultation is 21 March 2014. Click here to download the consultation document and find links to the online questionnaire.
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, are currently encouraging early years groups to register for the 2014 Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds Like Fun with Humf. The annual fundraising event includes a singalong for children under five to develop their communication skills and raise money to help children who struggle to communicate. Children will learn songs and rhymes related to sounds, noise and even silence and take part in activities linked to the EYFS. Chatterbox Challenge week is the 10 -16 February. Click here to register for a free fundraising activity pack and find out more.
PACEY in Hampshire are running Self Reflection Training. Struggling with your Self reflection and writing your Self Evaluation for Ofsted? Worried about where to start? This workshop has been designed in response to Ofsted Evaluation Schedule Update. We have a few spaces remaining on some dates around the County, if you are interested email: email@example.com requesting details of your nearest session, please include your name, EY number, Post Code and SfYC Training Sub number (required).
HMRC have 2 webinars in February to support childminders, click the link for the webinar you are interested in attending, register your email address and further joining instructions will be sent to you via email (links will open in a new window):
- Tuesday 4th February at 7:30pm – click here to register.
- Saturday 22nd February at 10:30am - click here to register.
Mystery illness for dogs, reports of concerns in the New Forest – click here to read more about the news report.
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.
If you live in the Gosport area we have been contacted with the offer of some free litter picking equipment if you want to take advantage of this offer and do some litter picking with the children please email us and we will put you in touch with the Litteraction team. firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
NEWS Updates: Food Hygiene Info and Useful links on a variety of subjects, click here to read more (link will open in a new window).
Spaces are available on the following SfYC training (all links will open in a new window):
- Communication Friendly Spaces for 2 year olds, various dates and locations with spaces available on the evening seminars and day courses, click here to access full details and booking links (this training is listed at the bottom of the page so scroll down).
Do you need any help with your Self-Assessment TAX return? Time to file and avoid the £100 penalty. HMRC have the following help (all links will open in a new window):
We have NEWS updates including a set of helpful guides for recording children’s development developed by SfYC and an update on all the different products and services offered by HMRC to support childminders. Click Here to read more.
LFSP Exhibition - If you are keen to increase your understanding of ‘Early Years’ then come along to the Lead Foundation Stage Practitioner (LFSP) exhibition at University of Winchester, on Tuesday 4th Feb, 14:00 – 17:30 (drop in anytime – no need to book). For full details see flyer: LFSP Exhibition Feb 2014 flyer.
2 Year Old Funding – The criteria has recently changed so significantly more children are now eligible for this funding. Many childminders are having parents of existing children in their care, coming to them with letters from the Department for Work and Pensions saying that they might well be eligible for this funding. If this happens share the 2 yr old information pages on the SfYC website with them, Click here to view, if eligible parents will still need to apply formally to the Local Authority using the Request Form which can be found in the top right hand box.
If approved you may well be able to claim this funding for them, this is also a far more straight forward process than previously, the Government has changed the rules so many more childminders are now able to be EYE providers. Talk to your local co-ordinator for further help should this happen, click here to view our contacts page.
NEWS Updates: click here to go to our NEWS page to read more about the I CAN Chatterbox Challenge 2104, Speech and Language support in Hampshire Children’s Centres and a list of books to support children with gay and lesbian issues.
Safeguarding is high on the agenda for all of us and in view of recent high profile cases in the media connected to Serious Case Reviews (SCR) it seems a prevalent time to highlight to childminders the requirement/need to be aware of current safeguarding polices both national and local. The Hampshire Safeguarding Board website is informative to your practice and knowledge and supports the evaluation of what you do and how you do it. Helping you to safeguard children.
In October 2013, a SCR was published on the Hampshire Safeguarding Website (click here to access) directly related to Hampshire. Whilst it may be hard reading, it supports us to consider why these sad incidents happen and what may have contributed to a child’s death. We all have a legal responsibility to keep children safe and knowing what practitioners may have been able to do differently and learning lessons from this information is crucial to the quality of our early years and childcare settings and above all the health and safety of our young charges.
We would also recommend that you explore the SfYC website page on safeguarding for other relevant tools – click here to access. All links will open in a new window.
Early Years Outcomes: This latest guidance has been published to support your delivery of the learning and development part of the EYFS 2012. Click here to read more about the importance of this new document on our NEWS page including links to download.