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Action for Children

What to Expect, When? – Guide for Parents and Carers
The hard copies of this booklet are once again available for purchase. Headhere to find out how to order your copy, or download it for free. This publication helps parents/carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS.

Childcare Works

DfE’s national support contract for 30 hours of free childcare, Childcare Works has begun.  Mott MacDonald, Hempsall’s and Action for Children are the consortium appointed to work with providers and local authorities to deliver high quality childcare for two, three and four-year-olds in an accessible, flexible and affordable way.
Key elements:

  • Two-year contract, started October 2016
  • Funded by DfE, free to access
  • A universal and a targeted offer
  • Information sharing from Early Implementers and Early Innovators
  • Sharing tools and resources and news
  • All working towards national roll-out in September 2017 and beyond

If you are a local authority 30 hours lead

  • You will have heard from your Programme Adviser already
  • They are there for Q&A and regular keeping in touch
  • You will have received your first Progress Review Form to complete and to support local planning and to shape our programme
  • You have been invited to attend Progress Sharing meetings each term
  • You can attend In-Depth seminars focusing on hot topics
  • There will be a new 30-hours section on the LGA Knowledge
  • Direct, one-to-one support will be provided where it is needed

If you are a provider

  • You can attend regular special 30-hours LEDs with the Foundation Years team at Action for Children
  • You can attend In-Depth seminars focusing on hot topics
  • Look out for the launch of regular blogs, tools, resources and news
  • Come to training on business remodelling for 30-hours
  • Read our regular 30-hours columns in Nursery World

If you are in a supportive role, business support or other partner

  • Come to our regular special 30-hours LEDs coproduced with theFoundation Years team
  • You can attend In-Depth seminars focusing on hot topics
  • Look out for the launch of regular blogs, tools, resources and news
  • Look out for training on supporting providers’ business models for 30-hours

What’s happening next?

  • In the new year we will be launching our programme of training and In-depths
  • The will be launched – your one-stop shop for resources, tools, information, events booking and the latest news

Contact [email protected] for more information.

The Communication Trust

What is Platform 3? – the video!
The Communication Trust are excited to share a new Platform 3 video which is now live on their website here and on YouTube here. The video provides an overview of Platform 3 and the steps involved in completing the Level 3 Award via this online route.

Platform 3 is an online and cost effective learning route for the delivery and undertaking of the Level 3 qualification: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication. Platform 3 helps all practitioners working with children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds to access this continuing professional development (CPD) Award.

Why is this qualification so important?

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the most prevalent special educational need in state funded primary schools and is associated with the 3 most prevalent needs in secondary schools: social, emotional and mental health; moderate learning difficulties; and specific learning difficulties.
Raising the skill level of everyone working with children and young people helps to increase the quality of provision and ensures better outcomes for children and young people.

Family Action – support for early years settings and schools

The Learning Exchange website, which is managed by Family Action, is being funded by the Department for Education (DfE) until March 2017.

Browse the Learning Exchange for free resources to support your setting to:

  • develop more inclusive childcare practices for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • set up wraparound provision on a school site (e.g. after-school, breakfast and holiday clubs)

On the website you can also find information about our recent grant award by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver a pilot Adoption Support serviceacross Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. This will provide attachmenttraining and support for schools, as well as support for adoptive families.

Support for early years and school staff
Family Action delivers a wide range of programmes, initiatives and services within the early years  and schools sectors.
We also offer open workshops and in-house training for early years and school staff, focusing on issues such as:

  • mental health first aid
  • child protection for designated safeguarding leads
  • mindfulness
  • FGM
  • supporting young carers
  • working with vulnerable children and with their families

Find out more


National Portage Association (NPA)

Would you like to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to support children with SEND and their families? The NPA provide training and support to the early years workforce to develop Portage practice.

Portage Workshop – A Small Steps Approach to Learning for Children with SEND
Recently updated to support the implementation of Portage principles within early years settings. If you are interested in accessing the training or developing Portage in your area please contact
[email protected] (South)
[email protected] (North & Midlands)
Further information can also be found here

The NPA Stamp of Approval Scheme
This award is available to early years settings (including childminders and foster carers) whose staff have completed the Portage Workshop and demonstrate that they deliver high quality, inclusive early years education, based on the Portage model and Portage principles.

For criteria and application information visit the Portage Support Hub

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