November 11, 2019

This edition includes: Provider Update Reminder, Funding Updates, Signs of Safety, SEND Updates, Vacancy Information and CPD Opportunities.

Requires Action

Provider Update Reminder

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time for you to check and confirm/update as necessary, the details we hold about your provision to ensure they are correct. To do this please log into the Provider Portal by Tuesday 19 November.  Your details are pre-populated so you just need to check them, make any changes and submit.

The information is used to promote your services to parents, carers and professionals via the Children’s and Family Information Services, the Family Information Directory and childcare searches on all our associated websites. We have a statutory duty to ensure the information on our directories is correct and if we don’t receive confirmation of this we’ll need to make your details non-public in the next few weeks. 

If you need help, please email Claire Lawrence or call 01202 261917 for Christchurch and Poole. For Bournemouth email or call Early Education Funding 01202 096660 and we’ll be happy to ‘walk’ you though the process.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Changing your Payment Schedule

If you wish to change your payment schedule please email your funding team before 15 December. You have a monthly or a twice termly option.  Further details can be found in the Early Education Funding Delivery Guide.

Starting 30 Hours whilst in a Grace Period

30 hours codes can be applied for up to four months prior to a child’s 3rd birthday.  On occasion this causes the end date of the code to be before the start date of the funding period – these codes must be renewed prior to starting a funded place with you. Children will not be eligible if they start with you within a Grace Period. See page 19 of the Portal Guide – in the example shown a child could not start funding in January unless the parent has renewed the code. Check a codes date on the portal using the Eligibility Checker.


November Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership Training Team Newsletter

Please see the November Pan-Dorset SCP Training Team Newsletter. Details are contained at the end of the newsletter to sign up and receive them directly to your inbox.

Signs of Safety

You can register to attend the next Signs of Safety briefing for managers and front line practitioners here on 6 December.

Title Changing of the LSCB Safeguarding Children Training

Find important information regarding Title changing of the LSCB Safeguarding Children training – Levels 2 and 3


An update from BCP Council

View all the SEND updates that were included in the BCP Schools Newsletter that was sent out recently. You will find information on the new SEND Panel Service including an EHC Needs Assessment Form, SEND Outreach Panel for Schools, SEND Caseworkers for EHCP Work, Admissions Panel for Specialist Provision, SENCo Forum and Team Changes.

General Information

Vacancy Information

A big thank you to everyone who completed the childcare vacancy survey for this term. Your vacancy data is important in providing a snapshot of childcare availability throughout BCP Council and is used to help determine if our childcare market is meeting demand from parents. We hope that you found snap survey an easier method for providing this information. We plan to use this format again next term. If you have any comments regarding vacancy information, please contact Darren Buckley by email or Tel: 01202 261989.

Clarity for Childminders from Early Years Alliance

Ofsted and the Alliance produce guidance to offer clarity for childminders regards providing care for both early years children and school-age children.

EYFS Staff:Child Ratios - DfE Approved Qualifications

Lists of qualifications that meet the DfE criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios.

Staff Updates

We are sad to say that as from 15 November Teresa Hancock, Early Years Development Officer, will be leaving BCP Council after 8 fantastic years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for doing a great job, being a valued member of the Early Years team and to wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

CPD Opportunities

Paediatric First Aid Training

The updated 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.

Ready Steady Go – Behaviour and Attitudes 

SEN Development team will be leading on Understanding and Supporting Positive Behaviour.

  • You will gain an understanding of the function of Behaviour (SEAT)
  • You will be able to identify possible triggers and environmental factors that may affect your children’s behaviour
  • You will learn how to establish a baseline of behaviour you wish to change

Thursday 28 November 18:00 – 20:00 at Early Years Centre for Professional Development, East Way, Bournemouth

Please check for upcoming courses 

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