Early Years Forums Academic Year 2018/19
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Wizard Upgrades – Important 30 hour improvements
You now have access to the log of all checks you have submitted for 30 hour codes. The new system batch checks the eligibility of codes nightly and therefore you now have access to live data as to which children’s codes at your provision are valid or in grace periods etc. Please note – you will only need to log a 30 hour code once.
We will no longer be calling you with names of children who are in a grace period. You can find this information in the Wizard, as seen below.
Northumberland Early Years Podcasts
The Early Years Team facilitate discussions on a range of Early Years topics with a range of childcare and early education providers from across the County and record them as podcasts.
Our most recent efforts have focused on inclusion. Please take some time to listen as they provider great incite into the work we have been doing with providers to support inclusive environments and routines.
Our podcasts can be listened to via iTunes for apple or FM player for android. You can search for them by Googling Northumberland Early Years Podcasts.
Special Education Needs and Disabilities Inspection
We have been notified this morning that Ofsted and Care Quality Commission will undertake a two week Special Education Needs and Disabilities inspection. Today marks the beginning of preparation week and inspectors from Ofsted and Care Quality Commission will be on site from next Monday (1 October) finishing Friday (5 October). The following inspectors will be involved:
- Nick Whittaker (Ofsted)
- Andy Lawrence (Ofsted) and
- Nicky Holmes (CQC)
It is possible that inspectors may wish to visit your early years providers during the inspection week. If that’s the case we will let you know in order to make arrangements.
Under Representation of Male Practitioners
Research clearly shows there is a long standing under representation of male practitioners working with children in the early years and childcare sector. Although this is an international phenomenon, a Task and Finish group as part of the Government’s Early Years Workforce Strategy was set up to explore the issues nationally. Whilst we patiently await the outcome of the focus group, the Early Years team have taken a proactive approach locally attending various careers events, working closely with a range of colleagues, training establishments and other professional organisations, including the DWP and Fatherhood Institute. To further raise awareness and to promote the many benefits of a diverse workforce we recently promoted an article in our e-magazine. To help move this agenda forward we are keen to establish a male practitioner focus group with the aim of helping the Early Years team to develop more effective male friendly communications strategies and thus maximise our local reach. We hope to have a broad male representation where possible, so if you’re a male practitioner working in early years or know of any fathers or male volunteers or indeed those looking for a career change and would like to get involved please contact Theresa Iley on 01670 622743 or theresa.iley@