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Would you like to join the 2015/16 Early Learning and Childcare Hubs Programme?

4Children has run a successful two year programme on Early Learning and Childcare Hubs that worked to:

  • improve the quality of provision;
  • support parents/carers with their working patterns by offering blended childcare and early education; and
  • support the provision of new childcare places focusing on funded two year olds where this as seen as a priority

It was found that in terms of improving the quality of childcare, a hub provided significant opportunities for practitioners to share practice and learning to improve quality as well as increase awareness of the importance of quality. This arose from factors such as:

  • creating a collaborative environment;
  • improved consistency between providers; and
  • improving readiness for school

Increased opportunities for more flexible or blended childcare were welcomed by parents and providers but limited awareness by parents affected demand and some local market conditions affected supply.

Awareness of the availability of places amongst providers of funded two year old provision was raised and knowledge of what needed to increase places was identified.

More details can be found by clicking on this link

Building on this successful work, the DfE has funded an extension to the existing programme. This offers new hubs:

  • three training days – an induction to the programme , SEND and working with parents, online seminar on collaborative leaning;
  • helpline and support materials including a detailed step guide; and
  • regular support through telephone discussions and review

If you are interested in joining the programme please email [email protected] for a more detailed discussion and to be booked on to the 24th June induction day.


Childcare Provider Representatives

4Children is now operating as the voice of the private, voluntary and independent childcare sector for Leeds. If you are providing childcare in Leeds we would like to hear any issues, problems or good news stories you may have encountered.

4Children will support practitioners and childcare providers in Leeds by advising and signposting them to useful sources of information and guidance where necessary.

Find out more here


Communication Trust

We are delighted to let you know that we are now fully online with our enhanced offer of resources for the early years, which was facilitated by the extension to our grant last year to support implementation of the SEND reforms.

These resources are all accessible via one handy webpage and include resources in the following categories/themes:

  • Speech, language and communication development
  • Speaking and listening activities
  • Early Identification of SLCN (including a new framework)
  • Supporting children with SLCN
  • Working with parents
  • Workforce Development (including a new online short course in speech, language and communication)
  • From other organisations (which will include a link to the forthcoming resources from CDC and 4 Children)


Cracking the Code!

Free resources are now available from The Communication Trust to help you understand and implement the 2014 SEND Code of Practice.

The Trust has developed a number of resources specifically for early years practitioners to help develop knowledge and skills around the SEND reforms and speech, language and communication development.

  • Cracking the Code Poster with advice about identifying and supporting children with SEN;
  • Online short course all about speech, language and communication;
  • Early identification framework to help you identify children who are struggling;
  • A guide to implementing the Graduated Approach

Guides to ages and stages of communication development, top tips for supporting speech and language, activity ideas… and much more can be found here.

These resources have been developed with support from the Department of Education. We are also grateful to our colleagues at NDNA, PLA and PACEY for their help in developing the Cracking the Code poster and associated materials.

Copies of the Cracking the Code poster will be sent out as inserts in the next editions of the PACEY, NDNA, PLA and Nursery World newsletters. If you subscribe to any of these publications you will receive a free poster from The Communication Trust.

If you would like additional posters please contact us on [email protected] stating the numbers of posters and delivery address.  The poster is also available to download directly from our website.


Family Action

High-quality, inclusive childcare on a school site

National charity Family Action is being funded by the DfE as part of The National Prospectus Grants Programme 2015-16 to deliver a new programme: ‘Increasing the provision of high-quality, inclusive school-based childcare for 0-5s with SEND’.

The aim of Family Action’s new programme is to increase the provision and improve the quality of inclusive childcare for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We will do this by offering:

  • Targeted support: Family Action’s Childcare in Schools team will be supporting selected school-based childcare providers (e.g. nurseries, schools, children’s centres) in the North, Midlands and South of England to develop their provision of high-quality, inclusive childcare for 0-5s with SEND. Towards the end of the project, we will be producing online resources, such as a guide and case studies, to share the learning gained from the project.
  • Universal support: We will also be researching and sharing good practice around what does and does not work well when developing quality, inclusive school-based childcare for 0-5s with SEND – and how early years settings can offer improved childcare experiences for parents of 0-5s with SEND.

If you are a school-based childcare provider in England:

  • Keep visiting our Learning Exchange website, where, over the next 12 months, we will be sharing news, tip sheets, templates, and case studies from settings across England.
  • If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact the e-helpdesk and a member of the team will get back to you.
  • Visit and post to our Learning Exchange Facebook page, where you will find training opportunities, services, events and other information related to school-based childcare for children with SEND.
  • Sign up to our e-bulletin, which we will be sending out to schools and other school-based childcare providers half termly.

And, finally, if you are a childcare provider offering inclusive childcare for 0-5 year olds with SEND on a school site, please do let us know. We would like to hear about any challenges you have overcome in making your provision inclusive.



What Early Years providers need to know about supporting young children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

The Children and Families Act came into force on 01 September 2014.  Part 3 relates to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Follow this link to read questions and answers which are designed to support those specifically working with young children.

This Q & A has been informed by the SEND guide for early years settings



Thinking of employing a graduate? NDNA has useful information online about how successful settings are deploying Early Years Teachers to their best advantage as well as teaming up for training and working effectively with schools. With the DfE, NDNA has gathered examples of excellent current practice from a variety of UK settings. For information and case studies visit: and search for ‘early years services case studies.’

Secondly, NDNA has developed four Business Enterprise and Leadership courses to help with finance, planning, managing and marketing, informative factsheets and a useful Business Health Check toolkit. To view them visit and search for ‘business enterprise and leadership.’

Working with the Government, NDNA has also highlighted examples of excellent first aid practice in nurseries. For case studies visit and search for ‘paediatric first aid.’


Contact a Family

Do you work with families with disabled children?

Contact a Family has redeveloped our website with advice for professionals working with families with disabled children. Each page explains how you can support families around, for example:

Packed full of information, tips and resources to help professionals better understand the issues facing families with disabled children, and ways that you can support them.

Please see Supporting your work with families We also are working on new information for parents around getting help in the early years when a child has additional needs – watch this space!


Early Education


We have Julie Fisher’s Transitions into key stage 1 course running next month in our new training room at Cavell Street, London, with places still available. Although the Early Bird rate for this course has finished, we are able to offer a two for one deal for Members of Early Education on this course! If you haven’t thought about Membership before, you can find out more about the benefits of becoming a Member on our website.

Our training courses in June are filling up fast too. We have just a few places left on our Making maths marvellous: developing effective maths pedagogy in the EYFS course with Elaine Bennett. You can still take advantage of the Early Bird discount for Nicola Burke’s Music Matters – An Introduction into Early Childhood Music Making that is taking place later that month, until 18 May 2015. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our upcoming book Every Child a Mover by Jan White will be published in June, and you can get this at the special pre-order price of £15 up until the end of April.



Montessori Centre International offers two new short ‘Introduction to Montessori’ courses.

Introduction to Montessori Practice

This 1 year course is designed for already qualified early years practitioners wishing to include Montessori into their daily work with young children.It is offered as continuing professional development for practitioners, teachers and early years professionals who already hold a full and relevant qualification with licence to practice and want to work in a Montessori environment or bring Montessori to their practice.

It can be studied via distance learning or part-time attendance, supported by the new Montessori online learning environment.


Introduction to Montessori Approach

This 8 month course has been developed in response to an international demand for an introductory course for those wishing to learn more about Montessori without needing a formal qualification.

It is offered online using the innovative interactive learning materials on our new virtual learning environment.

Please email Rupert to request further information, phone us at 020 7493 8300 or go here.



NEYTCO is launching a new concept in conferencing for the Early Years community titled an Evening with…loosely based on a television talk show model.

Have you ever wondered:

What has inspired your favourite experts? What are they passionate about? What has been their journey?

We’re pleased to announce that the line-up of experts for NEYTCO’s first Evening with… is:

  • Sonia Blandford
  • Martin Pace
  • Elizabeth Jarman
  • Penny Tassoni

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to network.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday 14th May, 2014 Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm Venue: Hult Interational Business School, London


£55 (incl VAT) for non-members

£35 (incl VAT) for members

To book a place email: [email protected]


How to be an Early Years Consultant and/or Early Years Trainer

A new bespoke guide is now available – Written by the NEYTCO team. This guide outlines all you need to know to get started on the road to consultancy and/or training.

Already a trainer or consultant?  This guide has some top tips for you as well as the following:

  • FREE templates to support you with your consultancy or training business.
  • FREE for members and only £5.00 for non-members.



We have found that there are some trainers who do not have adequate insurance and NEYTCO want to support and get the most cost effective insurance for them. Individuals do not have to be a NEYTCO member to complete the survey.


Paediatric Continence Forum

Approximately 1 in 12 children and young people are affected by continence problems, causing significant difficulties in terms of family and social relationships and at school. The Paediatric Continence Forum (PCF) is a national and independent group of healthcare professionals which campaigns to improve NHS services for this group of children. It works closely with ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence).

Research conducted by the PCF in August 2014 revealed that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are failing to provide proper integrated paediatric continence services. Only 32% of CCGs commission all the four main continence services (covering bedwetting, daytime wetting, toilet training and constipation/soiling). Just over 22% of responding CCGs commission services that are fully ‘joined-up’.

To address this, the PCF has published a NICE-accredited Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide, providing advice on how to commission integrated paediatric continence services.

ERIC provides support and information for parents, children, and professionals to manage continence problems. ERIC recently launched the ‘Let’s Talk About Poo’ campaign to raise awareness and understanding of childhood constipation. ERIC’s ‘Right to Go’ campaign calls on education settings and government to improve school toilet provision and support in school for children with continence difficulties.

Further information can be found here and here.



Re-connecting with maths – Engaging practitioners and parents in children’s mathematical development

Regional seminars London – 23 June, Leeds – 25 June

‘Don’t worry it’s okay to be no good at Maths…because I was no good at it either.’

The perception that being bad at maths is ‘OK’ is a myth which this set of seminars aims to dispel. This phrase may be familiar to many of us from our own childhood as an expression used to comfort a child when they are frustrated by numbers, problem solving and day to day activities.

The day will begin by looking at what needs to be done and then delve into good practice case studies which explain how this might be achieved.

Go to or call 020 7522 6970 to book


Early Education

Annual Conference

Our Annual National Conference will be hosted by our Plymouth Branch this year, on the 12-13th June with the theme ‘Explore, Discover, Create’. With a number of great workshops and keynote speakers over the two days, it should be a fantastic event. You can find more information and book online on our website, we look forward to seeing you there!

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