October 14, 2019

This edition includes: Every Mind Matters, BCP SEND Forum, Winter Readiness Pack, Childcare Jobs Dorset Website, Parent Survey Results and CPD Training


Every Mind Matters

The new Public Health England national campaign ‘Every Mind Matters’ offers support help people feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions. 


BCP Council SEND Forum

On Tuesday 5 November BCP Council will be holding its first BCP SEND Forum. It aims to bring together SEND professionals and other partners to develop inclusive practice and improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND. The forum will be held at the Hamworthy Club from 13:00 to 16:00. For further information and to book, please visit CPD Online.


Winter Readiness Pack – Infectious Diseases

As per our newsletter at the end of September, PHE Health Protection Team and Screening and Immunisation Team have prepared a selection of useful documents for use during the imminent winter season and throughout the year. Unfortunately, to date, it has not been possible to upload two key checklist documents to the website, the Integrated Care Pathways for diarrhoea /vomiting and respiratory outbreaks. You should ensure your staff are familiar with them and may want to print these off for ease of access. 

You will find a cover letter on the website in the schools and nurseries section which explains exactly what the pack contains and how to use it. Please visit the NHS website for more information.

General Information

Childcare Jobs Dorset Website

This website is now hosted by BCP Council. We hope there will be minimal disruption to users and all existing job vacancies have been copied over to the new site: www.childcarejobsdorset.co.uk Early years and childcare settings will have to re-register and be authorised to access the site. This process can be completed when first advertising a job vacancy.

Please do provide us with feedback on the new site. Being hosted in-house means that we can be more responsive to users requests. If you have any queries relating to the new website, please email Claire Vials or call 01202 456353.

BCP Childcare Parent Survey Results

This summer we ran our first BCP Childcare Parent Survey and were delighted to receive 663 responses.  A full report of the findings can be accessed here. The response will form part of the 2019 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment, published in December.

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. 

CPD Opportunities

Early Years Provider Forum

On Thursday 24 October we will hold our first BCP wide Early Years provider forum. These will be termly events and will provide local and national updates relevant to early year’s providers. The first event will take place at Poole Civic Centre 7-9pm. To book a place and for more information see CPD Online.

Please check for upcoming courses 


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