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October 17

Early Years SENCO Award – Level 3

We are working in partnership with Liverpool School Improvement Service to offer a Level 3 Accredited SENCO Award which meets the Early Years SENCO Qualification Specification outlined by DfE in March 2018.

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October 15

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner

Job Title: Level 3 Nursery practitioner Employer: St Brendan’s Nursery Location: Harwood, Bolton Salary: Meets minimum wage Working Hours: TBC Closing Date: 31st October 2018 We are looking for an early years’ practitioner to join our friendly and happy team. The successful candidate must have a level 3 qualification and ideally have experience of working […]

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October 12

Starting Well in the Early Years – Annual Conference – 1st February 2019

The Bolton Start Well conference is now available to book on our website. Join us while we explore the impact that neuroscience, physical development and early communication and language has on children’s ability to be Ready to Learn.

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October 12

Reading and children’s mental health

According research by the National Literacy Trust, children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have better mental wellbeing than those who don’t.

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September 28

“Opportunities for children to experience multiculturism in a meaningful way” Bolton BAECE event

Newly retired Head of Alexandra Nursery School in Bolton, Barbara Kenny, will be exploring ways for schools and settings to enrich the multicultural awareness of young children. Further details can be found on the course flyer

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September 19

Early Years Educator

Job Title: Early Years Educator Employer: Eagley School House Nursery Location: Darwen Road, Egerton Salary: Starts min wage but will pay extra for responsibility and experience Working Hours: 37.5 to 40 hours per week Closing Date: 28th September 2018 Job Overview: We are looking for a person who wants to work within an outstanding setting […]

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September 14

Time to read

The Book Trust has launched their Time to Read campaign.  Running all next week (17-23 September) the campaign encourages families to continue to share stories with their children, even when they are in Primary school and are learning to read for themselves.

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September 14

How books can help toddlers to develop vital life skills

The Book Trust has been following discussions over the summer regarding the growing concern that an increasing number of four- and five-year-olds are starting school without key tasks and abilities.

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September 12

Impact study on early education and outcomes to age 4

Published on the 8th September, this further update from the SEED study raises the impact of sessional childcare on children’s development. How does the length of time young children spend in sessional childcare impact on their development?

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September 12

Updates and reports from the DoE on the CEYSP survey and take up of free places

This month further updates and reports have been released via the Department for Education.

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September 11

Exciting additions to the Capita One Provider Portal

The Capita One Provider Portal is a secure, web-based system that allows an authorised person to update details via the following modules:

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September 11

Support for children with Communication and Language needs

The Start Well Communication and Language Team are now offering two exciting opportunities for parents and children to come together to improve adult child interactions and support their child’s communication and language development

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September 11

30 Hours Delivery Grants Awarded

We are pleased to share that the following providers have successfully been awarded the 30 hours delivery grant.

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August 20

Start Well Children’s Centre Programmes for Autumn 2018

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August 8

New Top Tips for speech, language and communication development

Top Tips for August Our monthly top tips have been updated on key areas of speech, language and communication development, ready to be displayed on noticeboards and shared with staff.

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July 20

30 hours funding for Foster carers from September 2018

As you are aware the Government has announced that from September 2018 some foster carers can claim 30 hours funding.

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July 20

Spotty book – protecting children during outbreaks

The NHS have released a very useful tool to help with information around infectious diseases and outbreaks, including a guide to identifying spots.

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June 21

Bolton Under Fives Forum – First Aid Training Programme 2018-2019

Bolton Under Fives Forum (BUFF) have released their dates for First Aid training at the Castle Hill Centre. Programmes include: Paediatric First Aid (12 hours) Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day) First Aid at Work (3 days) First Aid at Work Re-Qualification (2 days) First Aid Awareness Training (2 hours)

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June 15

Do you know what the EYBIC Word Pack is?

Are there children in your setting that you feel need a little help to develop their listening and attention, vocabulary or language skills? Would you like ideas for activities to share with parents to help support the home learning environment?  Have you heard of EYBIC and don’t know what it is?

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June 5

National Bookstart Week, 4th – 10th June

National Bookstart Week is BookTrust’s annual celebration of the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes from as early an age as possible. This year, it will take place from 4th – 10th June with the theme of Bookstart Bird Boogie and the chosen book, A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins.

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May 17

The Silent Child – why you should see this film

The BBC iPlayer is currently showing the Award Winning British signed language film, The Silent Child. It tells the story of a young girl who is profoundly deaf and lives a silent life until a social worker teaches her to communicate through sign language.

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May 14

Communicating Well with Parents

Unique children – unique families. Working in partnership with parents is at the very heart of early years practice. Kathryn Catterall, Start Well Senior Communication and Language Consultant at Bolton Start Well Service talks about the importance of the parent partnership and how communication workshops can support you.

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May 9

Start Well’s Team Leader Caroline Stowell discusses the importance of child interaction

To highlight National Children’s Day this Sunday 13th May 2018, Start Well Bolton Team Leader Caroline Stowell, talks about the importance of child interaction and what she has been doing with her own 13 month old daughter, Ealish.

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April 16

EYFS Moderation Sessions

The Bolton Start Well Service will be hosting EYFS Transition Moderation sessions this month for early years practitioners working with 2,3 and 4 year olds, to help them assess children’s progress. Make sure you book your place!

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April 12

Incredible Years Courses

The Start Well Service will be offering Incredible Years courses in partnership with local Health Visitors.

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April 12

Deadline for 30 Hours Places

The Start Well Service is asking providers to remind parents about the deadlines for 30 hours applications after a number of parents missed the 31st March deadline for this term.

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April 12

Calling All Childminders – Early Years Portal Training Session

The Start Well Service is offering a training session for Childminders on how to use the Provider Portal and we need to know how many Childminders may be interested in getting involved.

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April 12

Outcome of the Consultation on Primary Assessment

The Department of education (DfE) has published the outcome of the consultation on Primary Assessment – Assessment in the EYFS.

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April 12

30 Hours Delivery Support Fund Update

Bolton Start Well Service on behalf of Bolton Local Authority applied to the 30 Hours Delivery Support Fund for the amount of £70k. On the 2nd March 2018 Bolton Local Authority was awarded £70,000.

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March 29

Start4Life Campaign Launches to Encourage and Support Breastfeeding

Start4Life, Public Health England’s marketing programme that helps parents to be and parents to adopt healthy behaviours, has launched a suite of digital services designed to guide new mothers through their first few weeks of breastfeeding and beyond.

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March 20

Happy Healthy Easter Ideas

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Improvement Team has issued some cracking ideas for a happy, healthy Easter.

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March 20

Bercow – 10 Years On

A new report has been published by children’s communication charity, ICAN on the state of provision for children’s speech, communication and language needs in England. Bercow: Ten Years On looks at the evidence on current speech, communication and language provision.

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March 20

National Conversation Week – Let’s Talk!

National Conversation Week takes place this year from 18th-25th March 2018 and the aim behind this year’s campaign is simply to encourage everyone to simply spend more time speaking to each other.

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March 8

30 Hours Delivery Support Fund

We are delighted to inform you that Bolton’s application for 30 hours delivery support funding from the Department for Education has been successful. A grant of £70,000 has been awarded, which will directly benefit the delivery of 30 hours funded childcare in Bolton.

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March 8

CPD Event at Alexandra Nursery

Alexandra Nursery School are hosting a great continual professional development (CPD) event on Friday 20th April 2018 – and you’re invited!

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March 1

Play Move Learn Conference

GreaterSport in partnership with Quality4Early Years are delighted to bring you a half day conference: Play, Move, Learn #PlayMoveLearn, which will focus on physical development in the early years.

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March 1

New DfE Guidance – Universal Credit Income Thresholds

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated guidance to support implementation of the new earned income thresholds for Universal Credit for the early years pupil premium and the two-year-old entitlement.

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March 1

Free Vinyl Banners

Free Childcare Choices vinyl banners will soon be available for funded providers. You will be able to collect them from your local children’s centre from W/C 19th March.

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February 28

Workforce Planning Update

Check out all the latest news and updates from the council’s Workforce Planning Team. This month’s update includes the latest news on the Workforce Development Qualification and Training Audit and a Me-Learning update.

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February 22

Tax Free Childcare Rollout

HMRC has announced that from 14th February, tax free childcare will be opened up to all eligible parents with children under 12 years old.

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February 19

Death to the SEF

In her latest blog, Bolton Start Well Service Early Years and Childcare Adviser, Helen Shearer gives her opinion on Ofsted’s decision to remove the need for early years providers to complete the self-evaluation form.

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February 2

EYFS Early Years Briefings

The Bolton Start Well Service has a number of early years briefings coming up, which offer schools and daycare settings the chance to find out more about all the latest early years news and updates. If you haven’t already booked on, just visit the Bolton Start Well Website to book your place!

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February 2

Ofsted Big Conversation Event

Have you booked your place at Ofsted’s next Big Conversation event? Don’t miss your chance to ask Ofsted any burning questions you might have.

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February 2

Communication and Early Identification Visits

Have you arranged your Communication and Language Early Identification Visit yet? This visit is available to funded childminders, schools and providers delivering funded early education and childcare.

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February 2

30 Hours Free Childcare Update

HMRC has issued an update with the latest validation figures for 30 hours free childcare and Bolton is performing well, with 95% of all codes successfully being validated for the Spring term.

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February 2

Chatterbox Groups

Did you know that the Start Well Communication and Language Development Team runs groups focussed on supporting parents and carers to interact more effectively with their children aged 1-4 years?

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February 2

Tax Free Childcare Opened Up to Under 9s

Tax-free childcare has now been opened up to parents whose youngest child is under 9, or who turned 9 on 15th January 2018.

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January 15

Workforce Development Managers Event

Bolton Council are hosting a free Workforce Development Manager’s Event on Thursday 8th February 2018.

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January 8

Updated Guidance for Providers – 30 Hours Programme

The Department for Education/ HMRC have issued updated guidance for providers about the 30 hours programme.

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January 5

Healthier snacks for kids

change4life has launched a new campaign: Choosing healthier snacks When it comes to snack time, we know it can be hard if your kids are pestering you or helping themselves to whatever they like from the cupboards.

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December 22

Our Journey to Good – St Williams of York

Sheron Kantor, Start Well Service Quality and Outcomes Senior Consultant talks about the service’s Quality Network and explains how the network adds value for local early years practitioners by sharing best practice.

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December 15

New DFE Report – Improving Social Mobility Through Education

The Department for Education has published a new report that outlines government plans to improve social mobility for children through education.

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December 15

SEED Study – Impact of Early Childhood Education on School Readiness

A new longitudinal study has been published that investigates the impact of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on children’s school readiness and longer-term outcomes, including its impact on the most disadvantaged children.

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December 13

Reminder to Parents – Primary School Place Applications

Parents are being asked to ensure that they complete their application for a primary school place for their child before January 2018.

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November 30

New Ofsted Early Years Report – Bold Beginnings

Ofsted has published a new early years report called ‘Bold Beginnings’, which outlines the importance of a good early education for later success in life.

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November 30

Start Well Service Parents Survey

The Start Well Service is seeking the views of parents and carers about Start Well Children’s Centres and the Start Well Service in general.

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November 30

New Example Menus for Early Years Settings

Public Health England has issued some new guidance and example menus for early years settings to help ensure that the nutritional requirements of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years are met.

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November 23

30 Hours Delivery Support Fund

The Department for Education has invited all local authorities in England to apply to the 30 Hours Delivery Support Fund, which has been introduced from 17th November 2017.  Please see the guidance below, which includes: Delivery Support Fund  – Frequently Asked Questions Delivery Support Fund – Bid Guidance The application form that the LA will […]

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November 20

Foundation Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies

Alliance Learning is working in partnership with the University of Bolton to deliver a Foundation Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies, starting in January 2018. This level 4/5 work based course will enable you to further develop your skills of working with young children and widen your job opportunities. The course combines lectures, group work and workshop sessions […]

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November 17

New to EYFS for QTS Course Helps New Practitioners to Thrive

Bolton Start Well Service’s Quality and Outcomes Consultant, Sheron Kantor, gives an overview of the benefits for new practitioners of attending the ‘New to EYFS for QTS’ course.

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November 8

Flu Vaccination Campaign

Early years professionals are being asked to support this year’s flu vaccination campaign for children aged two and three years old and their parents. This age group has been identified as one of the vulnerable groups that health professionals would like to target this year to increase take up of the vaccination.

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November 8

Start Well Service 6 Month Review – Tell Us What You Think

It has been six months since the Start Well Service was launched and we want your views about how the service is performing.

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November 8

Early Years Funding Entitlement – EY Census

The payment for Early Years funding entitlement that comes to the local authority from the Department of Education, which is then forwarded to funded providers, is based on the January EY Census on 18th January 2018. To enable quick and accurate payments, the Council’s finance department is asking providers, where possible, to ensure that all children have taken up their place […]

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November 3

Round Up of Research, News and Early Years Updates

Check out the latest early years news, research and national updates.

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November 2

Flu Vaccination Campaign

Early years professionals are being asked to support this year’s flu vaccination campaign for children aged two and three years old and their parents. This age group has been identified as one of the vulnerable groups that health professionals would like to target this year to increase take up of the vaccination.

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November 2

New Busy Babies Session at Mytham School

Mytham Primary School is pleased to be working in collaboration with Bolton Start Well Service. The school has recently taken over responsibility for the Start Well link site (formerly Little Lever Children’s Centre) and one of the key drivers for this was to be able to offer services to parents in the community.

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November 2

EYFS Start Well Offer

Are you looking for professional development and training opportunities or professional support in your setting? Why not check out the EYFS Start Well Offer for schools, daycare, childminders and out of school providers?

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November 2

3 and 4 Year Old Funded Entitlement – 30 Hours Autumn Update

HMRC are asking providers for support in encouraging parents to apply for their 30 hours funded entitlement code for next term by the end of November, and to reconfirm their eligibility every 3 months where they already have a code. 

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November 2

Take Up of 2 Year Old Funded Places – Autumn 2017

Take up of 2 year old funded places in Bolton has increased to 71% so far this autumn term. This is brilliant news and a result of the efforts made by everyone in promoting and facilitating the take up of this entitlement.

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November 2

GM School Readiness Summit

On 20th October 2017, a group of Start Well senior managers and health colleagues attended the latest GM summit event, which was organised by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the Mayor’s pledge to improve school readiness across Greater Manchester.

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October 29

Flying the flag for communication and language development

I know that most early years practitioners if asked would say that communication and language skills are fundamental to a child’s future development.

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