September 18, 2017

Bye Bye to Catherine, PANTS Campaign, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, RSPB Outreach Sessions, Childhood Flu Immunisation, Early Education Funding on Transition to School, Childcare Awards and It's probably nothing.

Firstly, Catherine Shearman who most of you will have at some time encountered as she has for many years led Bournemouth’s Early Education Funding Strategy and Team, has now left the Council. 

I’m sure you will all join her colleagues in wishing her a very happy, healthy and fulfilling retirement.

Iwona Onik has taken over management of the Funding Team so she is now your first point of contact for any funding queries 01202 456231.

Response required

PANTS Campaign

Addressing Child Sexual Abuse is a priority for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards.

An extensive awareness raising project with briefings and training opportunities for the local Children’s Workforce, is being planned.

The NSPCC are supporting this work and it has been agreed to use their PANTS Campaign as the focus of the project work for those working with younger children (0-8)

As a starting point, we are undertaking a survey to establish a baseline of the current knowledge and use of the PANTS Campaign across the sector from which we can target activity and measure the outcomes of the project.

We are using a Survey Monkey, link below. Completing the survey will take around 10 minutes.

We are anticipating individual returns from childminders but that group settings; for example, a pre-school, an after school club, a primary school will return just one survey per setting. If you a multiple provider for example, a day nursery that also provides an after-school club then please complete a survey for each function.

Please respond by the end of October.

If you have any questions please contact Kay Errington 01202 456204 or Suse Goddard  01202 456278

Information for settings & childminders

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Pacey and Penguin have designed a free resource for early years settings providing ideas and activities based on this much loved story book.

Free RSPB Schools Outreach Sessions  

For primary and early years settings, RSPB and Aldi Giving Nature a Home in Schools.

We’re working in partnership to connect young people with the natural world. Our trained educators would love to come to your primary school or early years setting, and work with you and your pupils in your school grounds.

Visit our web page or contact our Bournemouth and Poole outreach officer:

Childhood Flu Immunisation 

The Chief Medical Officer has written a letter to early years practitioners about the childhood flu immunisation programme seeking their help in raising awareness of the programme to staff working in the early years. We would encourage all practitioners to share the message with all of their colleagues.

Early Education Funding on Transition to School 

A statement clarifying funding arrangements for parents who chose to maintain or access a pre-school place for their child during the phased admission into a Reception Class in the Autumn Term, has been added to Bournemouth’s Early Year Website Information.

Childcare Awards

Look out for posters and fliers coming soon…and now the website is live too so spread the word to get those important votes rolling in.

Safeguarding Information 

It’s probably nothing but…a poster raising awareness of contacting the anti-terrorist hotline.

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

CPD opportunities

Bilingual Beginnings Learning Network 

Bilingual Beginnings supports practitioners working with children under five who are learning English as an additional language (EAL). Each Network will have a different focus and will give attendees a great opportunity to expand on existing knowledge, share good practice, explore different support strategies and discuss all issues relating to bilingualism.

The first session will focus on stages of second language development and practical ideas of supporting language development for beginner EAL learners.

For further information on this new network or to discuss bilingual children within your setting, please email or call Monika on: 01202 458976.

Supporting bilingual children and families – training programme

A series of training sessions and learning networks for early years practitioners about supporting children and families with English as an additional language (EAL).

Training:  CPD – Mental Health and Wellbeing courses (BEY) 

We have commissioned Marilyn Tucknott to deliver training around Mental Health and Wellbeing for Under 5’s with specific events for childminders, baby room practitioners and SENCO’s.  We have heavily subsidised this training for this financial year only.

More CPD Opportunities

Please check for upcoming courses

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