June 24, 2019

This edition includes: Business Opportunities, Parents Survey, GECCO Real Nappy Campaign, Childminders Support Page, Pan Dorset Partnership Plan, SEND "Time to Talk" and Serious Case Review

Business Opportunities

Pre-School For Sale

Provision Requires New Owner, Management & Fresh Start

Local, long established pre-school provision is looking for new owner(s) this year due to family commitments & home relocation.

The provision is situated in a large hall with a carpark & fully accessible facilities. It has exclusive use of a large kitchen & 2 sets of toilets during session times, all within secure boundary of the hall. The pre-school has developed a large secure & private outside learning area, reading corner & natural garden, surrounded by fencing & hedges, directly accessed by own corridor & exit. The garden is maintained by the pre-school for the settings exclusive use only. The present provision is registered for 26 children & chooses to provide the Universal funded 15 hours a week, term-time only.

There is scope to easily increase the hours & weeks provided for hire to meet the extended or stretched funding offer. The landlords are very keen to increase the weekly hire of the setting & extend further throughout the year. The present pre-school has bespoke wheeled classroom furniture, made for ease of movement & light-weight folding tables. Furniture, storage, equipment, materials, toys & large selection of books can be included.

Little Acorns Pre-school, St Lukes Church, Winton. Any enquiries please call 07886 313108 or email.

General Information

Early Years Website 

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

Parents Survey 2019

We are currently seeking parents views on the childcare they use as part of our Childcare Sufficiency Assessment. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and asks for their experience of using and finding childcare, early years education and out of school provision. Everybody who takes part has a chance to enter a free prize draw to win a £250 shopping voucher for a shop of their choice. Please help us by promoting this to your parents.

Your Childcare Information – Public or Private?

We have recently come across a number of childcare settings that have their information set to Private within the Synergy Portal. This means that we are unable to share your information with parents and carers looking for childcare. Once your childcare setting is made Public, information can be shared on the childcare search facility and by the Childcare and Family Information Services.

If you would like your information to be promoted and made available for parents and carers, please ensure that you give consent by using the ‘share my information’ tick boxes in the Synergy Portal, as the default is for it to remain Private.

GECCO Real Nappy Campaign TOPS

The owner of Tops Day Nurseries has launched a campaign to promote reusable, washable nappies in a bid to reduce plastic pollution. Cheryl Hadland hopes to discourage use of plastic, disposable single-use nappies, which are sent to landfill. Find more information about The Real Nappy Campaign and much more for promoting change in the Early Years.

BCP Provider Facebook Group

The 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.

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

Childminders Support Facebook Page

This group has been running for 6 years and offers a safe virtual network of support. As the role of a childminder is naturally quite an isolating one, this group is exclusively for childminders. Providing support, advice, networking and peer to peer networking across the BCP borough. Please note that this Facebook page is private and not managed by BCP Council.

Information Documents from Social Care

Practitioners may find these documents on Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice useful.


Pan Dorset Partnership Plan

Please see the letter from the Pan Dorset Safeguarding  Children Partnership outlining  the forthcoming changes to both the Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding  Children Board and the Dorset Safeguarding  Children Board.

Here you can access the newly published Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership Plan. 

This information is relevant for all those working with children within both BCP and Dorset Councils.


“Time to Talk” SEND Event

On the morning of Saturday 13 July the SEND team will be holding a `Time to Talk’ event in Bournemouth.

`Time to Talk’ offers parents, carers and young people the opportunity to share experiences of SEND services, ask questions and feedback to the SEND leadership team, to help shape SEND services in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.At parents request the topic for the next `Time to Talk’ event is Transition to Adulthood for young people with SEND. Please help us to promote the event by sharing with any parents or carers that you feel may be interested.

CPD Opportunities

Serious Case Review Training

Learning from Serious Case Reviews with a focus on SCR 26. This training will take place on 22 July 2019, morning and afternoon sessions with Nexus at Allendale House, Wimborne.

Please check for upcoming courses

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