February 3, 2020

This edition includes: Welcome from Neil Goddard, Coronavirus Advice, Ofsted Roadshows and Webinar, PPN and MARAC Sign up, SEND Research and Safeguarding Updates

Welcome from Neil Goddard

As Director of Quality and Commissioning for the new BCP Council, my responsibilities include ensuring the sufficiency of school and early years places, school admissions, management of education funding, school improvement and development of careers and apprenticeship opportunities.

Having worked in Bournemouth Borough Council Children’s Services for 18 years, I may have had the opportunity to meet and work with many of you already on some of these issues but am looking forward to the new opportunities that working across the new BCP Council area will bring.

The pressures of working within limited resources, and making sure that these are deployed as equitably and effectively as possible, will always be challenging. Working together, and with representative bodies such as the Schools Forum, we must remain focused on delivering the very best outcomes for Children and Young People whilst managing our resources. I very much want to work with you to understand how we can best achieve this, and to ensure our services deliver brighter futures for all.


Information Exchange for Domestic Abuse and MARAC

Further to the email sent out on the 9 December 2019, including sign up forms and the procedure document regarding Public Protection Notices (PPN) and Multi Agency Risk Assessment conferences (MARAC) sign up. Please can the completed forms from Providers based in Christchurch be returned no later than 28 February 2020. 

Reducing Parental Conflict

You are probably aware of the growing body of evidence that illustrates the impact of parental conflict on children and young people and the training we have been promoting to upskill staff from all agencies in this area. We are now also able to offer the four modules as a free on-line option for those who have been unable to commit to a day-time session. Obviously the benefit of an e-learning programme is the fact that you can do it in your own time at your own pace.

Please see here for more information and joining instructions. Following the link on the flyer will take you to all the current Early Help Training Opportunities. The e-learning programme is displayed by the date 12 March, which is the closing date for applications. 

Foundation Training for Safeguarding Children

This course replaces all previous Bournemouth 'Level 2 Safeguarding and Refresher' and Poole ‘Safeguarding Training for Practitioners' courses. There are still some places available on the spring term courses.

Dorset Nexus Training

Pan-Dorset SCP Multi-Agency Working Together in Safeguarding

This replaces the old LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Children – initial course. The Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (Pan-Dorset SCP) replaced the LSCBs in August 2019.

Pan-Dorset SCP Multi-Agency Working Together in Safeguarding - Update

This replaces the old LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Children – initial course. The Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (Pan-Dorset SCP) replaced the LSCBs in August 2019.

Limited Spaces Available

Level 2 Child Sexual Exploitation - Wednesday 26 February 9.30am to 1pm at Kingston Maurward College

Managing Allegations – Wednesday 26 February 9.30am to 1pm at Cobham Sports and Social Club

All safeguarding children courses are available here.

Free Child Sexual Abuse Training

Please find details of free child sexual abuse training for practitioners that focuses on the impact of trauma and the legal pathway within the context of CSA.  Applications need to be passed direct to Acts Fast, and will not be available through the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children’s Partnership or Nexus.

Please see updated information on the Early Years Safeguarding web page.

Ofsted Information

Early Years Education Inspection Framework (EIF) Roadshow Events Reminder

These half-day events will offer the opportunity to learn about early emerging findings from the EIF. The morning of Friday 20 March is fully booked but there are spaces free in the afternoon. Please note that there is no charge for attending this event. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you are interested in attending, please register for your place here where you will be able to find timings, locations and venue details. When registering for an event, please select the ‘Early Years’ remit and then select your regional location. Please do not hesitate to contact Ofsted should you have any questions.

Childminder Ofsted Webinar January 2020

Ofsted have put their January Webinar on to You Tube

The sessions cover:

• Education Inspection Framework

• Vocabulary and early reading

• ‘Getting physical’ vs safeguarding

• What do inspectors do an inspection?

• Ratios

• Questions and myth busting



Two Identifying Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the Early Years Research Project

This research project, led by Dr Helen Curran aims to explore the process of identifying SEN in the early years, from the perspective of the Early Years (EY) Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Helen is keen to speak to SENCO’s working in early years settings to find out what they look for and the process and who else is involved. Interviews will take no longer than 30 minutes and will be fully anonymised for the study. To find out more or to register your interest in taking part, please email.

Referral to Speech and Language Therapy

In last month’s Early Years and Childcare News you will have found the Speech and Language Therapy referral form. Just a reminder that any referrals should be made after following the Graduated Response and any documentation used to track and assess the child’s speech and language development, should also be attached to the referral. This could include for example WellComm assessments, ECaT monitoring, together with focussed observations etc. Thank you for helping the Speech and Language team to ensure that they are receiving appropriate referrals. 

Other useful sites:
Come Talk with Me

The Communication Trust – Cracking the Code

The Communication Trust – Early Years




The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China. Find the latest information and advice here.

Children’s Mental Health Week

3 to 9 February is Children's Mental Health Week with the theme Find your Brave. Life is all about taking small brave steps every day. Bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices. Please help to raise awareness of the importance of supporting children’s mental health.

Change for Life Resources

Unlike in previous years, Change4Life will not be running a nutrition campaign during the January -  March New Year period.  However, we have a range of hard-copy and digital resources available on the Campaign Resource Centre as part of our 'always on' offer that you can use to support any local activation you have planned, including:


Children's Centre Toolkit

A Social Media Toolkit

• Top tips to keep your family healthy and happy leaflet  

Top tips for teeth walletcards 

Video content

If you have any questions, please email for more information.   

CPD Opportunities

Paediatric First Aid Training

The BCP Early Years team will no longer be commissioning Paediatric First Aid courses. Please visit the Childcare Jobs Dorset website which includes a list of PFA training providers including their contact details.

Please check for upcoming courses


Childcare Jobs Dorset can be found here to search for / or add job vacancies, information sessions and progressing your childcare career in Dorset.


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