May 27, 2019

BCP Facebook Group, Education Inspection Framework, Early Education Funding Date Reminders, Childcare Matters and Training

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New BCP Provider Facebook Group

A new BCP Early Years Sub Group, made up of Providers and LA officers, was established last year to support the development of a BCP Early Years Single Funding Formula. The formula is now in place and the group continues to meet regularly to discuss the impact of the formula and support developments moving forward.

There are 7 providers on the group currently, representing most parts of the sector across BCP (around 370 settings). Your representatives are very keen to establish effective 2 way communication systems with providers and have created a new BCP Facebook group. This group will be administered by providers for providers. 

Your representatives will use this Facebook group to share information following Sub Group meetings, seek your views to help to shape future agendas and also create a system to elect future BCP Early Years Sub Group representatives.

This Facebook group, BCP Early Years Providers Information group, is specifically for setting Owners, Managers, Leaders and Childminders operating within BCP.  

Policy and Procedures

New Education Inspection Framework

Please see relevant links to the new Education Inspection Framework documents to start from September 2019. You will need to ensure you are working within these new standards as from September 2019

Outcome of the consultation

Inspecting safeguarding in early years

Education inspection framework 

Early years inspection handbook 

The New Education Inspection Framework – Are You Ready?

This NDNA New Education Inspection Framework course is aimed at managers and owners so you understand what the new framework means for your practice.

The training is on Thursday 20 June in a morning or afternoon session at the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth.

Book now on CPD online.


Early Education Funding Payments Dates Reminder

Twice termly payments: estimate payments will be made during the first week of each funding period (from 1 January, 1 April, or 1 September). Balance payments will be made during the final week prior to half-term.

Monthly payments: payment will be made during the first week of each month for that month (for example: providers will receive September funding, the first week of September and October funding the first week of October etc.) August will not be included in the calculations for monthly splits.

Here are details regarding payment dates for 2019/2020 financial year. 

General Information

BCP Early Years Facebook

Please note that you can keep up to date on our Facebook page too.

Sufficiency Data on Synergy

A big thank you to everyone who completed the sufficiency information via the Synergy Portal. This vacancy data is important in providing a snapshot of childcare availability throughout BCP Council. It will be used to help determine if our childcare market is meeting demand from parents. We fully appreciate that the current system of collecting this data is not ideal so will be investigating a simpler way of doing this for next term. We will keep you posted.    

Childcare Matters 

We are extremely fortunate that Childcare Works will be delivering their successful Childcare Matters programme for childcare providers on the evening of Tuesday 18 June. It provides an opportunity to network, share learning and experience as well as the chance to feedback any current issues related to early education and childcare to the Department of Education (DfE) via Childcare Works. Please take advantage of this fully funded workshop to be held at the beautiful Merley House (with tea, coffee and cake). Places are limited so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

Mental Health Training 0-2 years

A new competencies framework for all those working with children from 0-2, aims to help practitioners assess their knowledge and identify gaps in their training. Here is the article in more detail.

Staff Updates

Welcome Back

We’re happy to announce that Jill Barnett from the Bournemouth SEND Team has now returned from long-term sick leave.

Poole Office Workforce Development Team

From Monday 27 May, Sophie Ellement (Workforce Development Officer based in Poole) will be on maternity leave. During this time, Sam White will be providing cover on a part-time basis and Lucy Crescent will be continuing as Business Support Officer on a part-time basis. Louise Chiles will continue as Family Information and Workforce Development Manager. Contact details for the team are:

Sam White          01202 261919 

Lucy Crescent      01202 261903     

Louise Chiles        01202 261913 

CPD Opportunities

Pre-School Link Network and Childminder Link Network – Motivating Boys in their Learning

The Pre-School Link Network is on Tuesday 18 June 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

The network will explore why we need to focus on boys and how to support them to develop a love of learning. We will look at gender differences and brain development.

We are also running the Childminder Link Network which is on Tuesday 2 July 7.00pm to 9.00pm with the same theme. Any settings can book on to this.

Autism Education Trust Training Events

Autism Education Trust have a number of upcoming training events open for bookings on CPD online.

BCP Early Years Training Events Planner

For your information, please see the following training planner which identifies Early Years training opportunities open to you. 

Please check for upcoming courses

We hope you have found this useful and informative but please email us with any feedback.