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Early Years Spring 18 Training

The Early Years Training Directory for Spring 2018 has now been published.  Click here to access our Training webpage.

Latest news & updates

Exciting training opportunity

The training will cover:

  • an introduction to tracking cohorts of children
  • a taster demonstration of the new tool
  • a summary of experiences from the pilot project
  • information on where to find the new tool

For further details and to book on please visit our Training webpage.

Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers 2018

All providers invited to participate will be contacted in writing. This initial communication will include an opportunity to opt out of further contact about the survey,  FAQs and a contact at the Department (the letters will include the team email inbox as the contact point) so providers can check the legitimacy of the survey.

This major research study is carried out on behalf of the Department for Education by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Frontier Economics. The evidence it gathers is crucial in providing an accurate picture of the childcare and early years sector and how this may have changed since the survey was previously carried out.

Why take part?

With changes across the sector and larger government involvement including funding reforms and the introduction of 30 hours free childcare, it is vital to understand how these changes are affecting different types of early years providers.   

Taking part involves a short telephone interview with a NatCen interviewer.

More information, including details about how the data will be used, is available at www.natcen.ac.uk/childcaresurvey

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results Headlines

The 8th Early Years Entitlements Bulletin

The Bulletin provides important information for providers who are delivering the extended entitlement (up to 30 hours) including details on communications to parents about applying for 30 hours before the 31 December, reshaping of Education Services and the Gloucestershire Local Provider Agreement 2018-19 and other useful information. Please contact the Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or email familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk if you have any queries.

Millie's Mark - Inspiring Excellence in Paediatric First Aid

It was developed with Millie’s Trust, and is named after Millie Thompson.

Millie’s Mark is an exceptional achievement for a nursery, as it shows they are going above and beyond minimum requirements in keeping children safe.  Achieving Millie’s Mark involves a thorough risk assessment process, setting audit and checks on staff confidence and knowledge. It is much more than having all staff trained in paediatric first aid, and demonstrates staff are going above and beyond to ensure children’s safety and reassure parents.

Congratulations to Dormer House Nursery and Chedworth Preschool who have achieved Millie’s Mark.  We would encourage all other settings to consider signing up for this very valuable award.

Measles circulating in Gloucestershire nurseries

Letter: Public Health England - Measles circulating in Gloucestershire nurseries

There is no need to close the nursery. We would like to remind you to check with your GP that your child is up-to-date with their immunisations especially the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine to ensure that they are protected against those diseases.

Further information about measles and MMR can be found in the attached document or by visiting http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/Pages/Introduction.aspx

The 2017 SEND Audit Analysis

In Gloucestershire there are currently 371 Daycare provisions and 439 Childminders. There are also 11 children’s centres none of which have early years provision. This gives a total of 810 early year’s settings altogether.

The total number of settings who completed the audit was 513, in comparison to 313 last year. This is a 63% response rate in comparison to 35% last year.

New Single Consent form

In the majority of cases of working with children and families, their consent is needed to share information with other professionals and to ensure timely access to the right services and support.

The current method of securing consent is inconsistent and many referrals made to children’s services do not have informed consent from families. Often, this delays them accessing the services and support that they need.

To address this issue, we are introducing a new Single Consent form that is intended for use by all practitioners working with children, young people and families when they wish to share information with the County Council and its partners. The Single Consent form (or an equivalent) will need to be completed when submitting: 

  • A referral to the Children’s Helpdesk using the Multi-Agency Service Request Form (MARF)
  • An Early Help Request for Service form.

Please remember if you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, contact the Children’s Helpdesk on 01452 426565. See the GSCB leaflet for guidance on responding to concerns about a child.

New GCC 'Sharing your information' leaflet for children & families

This explains to children and families how Gloucestershire County Council shares their information, when and why. The new ‘Sharing your information’ leaflet meets Gloucestershire County Council’s information sharing responsibilities. Partner organisations should continue to use their own method (e.g. leaflet, letter etc.) to advise children and families they are working with how their information will be shared to meet their own data protection requirements.


Gloucestershire County Council's new Single Consent form and sharing your information leaflet can be found on Glosfamilies Directory, the GSCB website and the Gloucestershire County Council's website.  The leaflet for guidance on responding to concerns about a child can be found on the GSCB website.  If you have any questions about the use about the use of these documents, please contact your GCC colleague or the Children and Families Helpdesk.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund was introduced in April 2017 to ‘enable Early Year’s Providers to anticipate and make reasonable adjustments to their provision and increase the capacity to support disabled children and children with special educational needs’.

Please look to our Downloads section to download a copy of the guidance for early years providers and a parents guide.

The DAF guidance outlines the following:

  • Who is eligible?
  • How do we identify eligible children?
  • How do we access this?
  • What can we use the funding for?
  • Useful links of resources, information and training for early years practitioners.

Relaunch of the Childcare Business Grant Scheme

The Department for Education has re-launched the Childcare Business Grant Scheme. Its purpose is to help new Childminders and Childminder Agencies (CMA) to enter the childcare market.  The scheme will award one-off start-up grants of either £500 or £1000 to support with the set up costs of new childminding businesses.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here.

For information about free childminder training please go to our Childminding information webpage .  Alternatively, please feel free to contact the Early Years Team on 01452 427224, or email: earlyyearsteam@gloucestershire.gov.uk

The Graduated Pathway

All information about the Graduated Pathway including the tools, templates and guidance can be found on the Glosfamilies Directory.

To support use of the pathway, we want to let you know of some arrangements in place:

  • A new Information for Practitioners section on the Glosfamilies Directory has also gone live providing a centralised point of reference for professionals. Practitioners have the option to register with Glosfamilies Directory, enabling them to access additional information that is hidden from public view.  To do this, please follow the instructions here
  • The Awareness sessions for practitioners are booking up fast. If you have not already booked a place, please see here
  • We have also developed a range of Early Help training modules which can be found here
  • We have developed a 'Notification template' for partners to record support they are providing to children to bring together all activity being provided to specific children and their families. Further information can be found here

The SENCOSPOT website will remain and where appropriate link to the Glosfamilies Directory. The Early Help webpage has been updated and references to the Glosfamilies Directory for all information on the graduated pathway.

We would like to say a huge thank you again for your contribution in developing this pathway. We will continue to provide regular updates to developments to the Graduated Pathway.

If you have any queries about the graduated pathway or supporting tools, please contact earlyhelppathway@gloucestershire.gov.uk.



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