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Support for schools

New to  EYFS for Reception Training

WHO: For newly qualified teachers, teachers and teaching assistants who are new to working in the Early Years Foundation Stage in schools.

Maximum of 2 practitioners per school.

 WHAT: This course will provide an introductory overview of effective Early Years Foundation Stage practice and provision in schools, including:

  • Understanding the importance of child initiated learning
  • Organisation and management of the day
  • Observational assessment, record keeping and planning
  • Understanding the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
  • Planning an effective learning environment
  • Partnership with parents
  • Effective transition practice.

Places can be booked on the GCC Plus website www.businesssupportservices.org

  • Log in
  • Click on the Training tab
  • Select the date on the calendar on right-hand side
  • Select the event
  • Scroll down to “Make a booking” and complete as directed with delegate name
  • Add to Basket
  • Repeat process for second delegate if required
  • Checkout


 Schools taking 2 year olds

In 2015 the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (2015) received Royal Assent. This removed the requirement for schools to register their early years provision for two-year-olds (2YO) separately with Ofsted, so long as it meets certain requirements. 

Please see following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/small-business-enterprise-and-employment-bill

From 26th May 2015, providing school's provision for two-year-olds meets the requirements for exemption (e.g. children are pupils of the school), they are no longer need to register this separately with Ofsted.  The requirements for exemption mirror those currently in place for three-year-old provision, schools should use these when deciding if they need a separate registration when they are planning their provision.

EYFS in school support

Support for EYFS children in schools is brokered through the Strategic Lead for Early Years on request from the Education, Performance and Inclusion teams and from Head Teachers. In addition, where a school has had an Ofsted inspection in which Early Years Foundation Stage provision has been highlighted as an area for development, the Strategic Lead for Early Years will contact the Locality Strategic Leads to offer support to the school.  There will be a charge for academies requiring support.

Two new fact sheets for schools considering taking 2 year olds

Please see the fact sheets in the download section on the right for more information for schools who may be considering delivering provision to under-3s.

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