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Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Childminders

Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Childminders

The Start Well Service incorporates the Council’s former Early Years and Childcare Team and the Children and Family Support Service. The service works with the early years workforce; children and families and other professionals to ensure the best possible start in life for every child.

The new service builds on the existing partnerships we already have with childminders and our services have been developed with the needs of the early years sector in mind. So whether you are looking for advice, consultancy, support and challenge, or training to further improve teaching and learning, monitoring and assessing children’s learning and development, look no further – we can help.

Below is an outline of our EYFS offer for childminders in Bolton.

Universal Offer

Bolton Start Well Service has small expert teams who provide comprehensive advice and support in the following areas:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage – Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team
  • Early Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – Start Well Early Years SEND Team
  • Early Communication and Language – Start Well Communication and Language Development Team

Any Bolton Childminder can contact the Start Well Service to discuss an issue, ask for support or be signposted to key information by contacting us via:

Universal Offer (by request/as required)

New Policy Visit

What happens on this visit?

These visits will support the development and implementation of new national policy (e.g. 2-year-old early education and childcare; 30 hours funded entitlement for working families of 3 and 4-year-olds). These visits will be available as required to support childminders as new policy is rolled out.

 

Outcomes of new policy visit:

  • Bolton providers informed and prepared
  • National policy implemented
  • Take up and delivery of new policy meets Department for Education expectations
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

New to the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Visit

What happens on this visit?

This supportive visit is available for any childminder who has a reception age child/children and need to complete the statutory EYFS Profile assessment. A member of the Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team will discuss the EYFS Profile Handbook, exemplification and EYFS Profile completion process. A short note of visit will record main points and actions.

 

Outcomes of new to EYFS Profile visit:

  • Statutory EYFS requirements met
  • Practitioners confident that EYFS Profile has been completed accurately
  • Child has an accurate assessment to inform parents and year one teacher
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

Early Years SEND Support Visits (Application Support/Inclusion Fund Monitoring/Outreach SENCO Support)

These supportive visits will ensure SEND pathways are utilised effectively by each Childminder.

 

What happens on this visit?

Start Well SEND visits have three broad purposes:

 

1. Application Support – The Start Well Early Years SEND Manager will support providers to complete applications for Inclusion Funding, including understanding of the Early Help processes in Bolton.
2. Inclusion Fund Monitoring – The Start Well Early Years SEND Manager will visit the setting and help the SENCO to track children’s progress towards intended outcomes.
3. Outreach SENCO Support – The Early Years SEND Outreach Support Teacher will provide SENCO support and advice about individual children.

 

Outcomes of early years SEND support visits:

  • Improved Early Help process and pathways in Bolton
  • Better progress to actions for individual children with SEND
  • Improved outcomes for the most vulnerable children
  • Narrows the attainment gap (EYFS Profile)
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

Funded childminders

Childminders in receipt of early years funding can access the Communication and Language Early Identification Support Visit.

Communication and Language Early Identification Support Visit

What happens on this visit?

The manager/Communication Champion will have an opportunity to discuss communication and language provision. The Start Well Communication and Language Development Team member will offer help with identifying speech and language needs, planning effective interventions and measuring progress.

 

The communication and language early identification support visit can be pre-booked and will take approximately 2 hours. It will be available each year or more frequently, if required. Strengths and any development points will be recorded in a note of visit that will support setting self-evaluation and improvement.

 

Outcomes of communication and language early identification support visit:

  • Supports strong teaching and learning
  • Self-evaluation judgements for outcomes
  • Improved outcomes for all children including the most vulnerable
  • Narrows the attainment gap EYFS profile.
Fully Funded
(No cost to funded Childminders)

Targeted Offer

These visits are available for:

  • Childminders graded as ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted
  • Childminders who self-evaluate as ‘Vulnerable’ to ‘Requires Improvement’ in a particular area
  • Newly registered childminders (up to 12 months from registration).

Action Planning Visit

What happens on this visit?

Childminders will be offered support from a member of the Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team to develop an action plan that will secure improvement. Action plan templates will be made available or the Childminders’ own preferred format can be used. Action planning support will be available termly or as required. This visit will last approximately 1.5 hours.

 

Outcomes of an action planning visit:

  • Supports strong leadership and management
  • Action plan clearly identifies key priorities, actions required, success criteria and timescales.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

Personalised Support Visits

What happens on this visit?

The Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team will provide support as agreed in the action plan. These visits will be agreed with Childminders and will be organised according to what is needed e.g. there may be a joint environment audit, focused discussion, joint planning and delivery, or any combination of these.

 

Where improvements have been identified relating to Communication and Language, the Start Well Communication and Language Development Team will provide support. Again, this will be agreed and provided in a personalised way to best meet the needs of the provider.

 

Activity will be recorded on a note of visit and other resources such as audit tools and templates will be provided.

 

Outcomes of personalised support visits:

  • Improved outcomes at the next Ofsted inspection/self-evaluation as good or better
  • Improved outcomes for all children including the most vulnerable.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

Action Plan Review Visit

What happens on this visit?

This supported self-evaluation visit will provide an external validation of progress to actions. The manager will be offered support from a member of the Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team to review actions through joint observations and by looking at assessment information. This visit will be arranged with the Childminder to review the action plan each term or as required.

 

Outcomes of action plan review visit:

  • Improved outcomes at the next Ofsted inspection/self-evaluation as good or better
  • Improved outcomes for all children including the most vulnerable.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

Briefings

The Start Well Service will co-ordinate and deliver a series of briefings for funded early education and childcare providers in Bolton, to support the leadership and delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 

These will include:

  • Early Years Childminder Briefings
  • Communication Champions Briefings
  • Early Years SENCO Briefings; and
  • New Policy Briefings.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

Early Years Childminder Briefings

What happens at this briefing?

This briefing, coordinated by the Start Well Quality and Outcomes team, will update Childminders on national and local developments in the EYFS. The sessions will support Childminders’ professional development and leadership of the EYFS. Partners, e.g. colleagues in finance, will be invited to share any relevant information.

 

How often will these briefings be held?

Early Years Childminder briefings will be held termly (three per year) and last for 1 hour.

Communication Champions Briefings

What happens at this briefing?

This briefing is delivered by the Start Well Communication and Language Development Team. It will provide an update for Communication Champions on national and local news about communication and language development. It provides an opportunity for networking and sharing of good practice. An ongoing focus on assessment and moderation will support early identification of needs.

 

How often will these briefings be held?

Communication Champions Briefings will be held termly (three per year) and last for 1 hour.

Early Years SENCO Briefings

What happens at this briefing?
This briefing will update Early Years SENCOs on national and local developments in Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, to support their professional development and co-ordination of SEND in their settings. The briefing is delivered by the Start Well Early Years SEND Team.

 

How often will these briefings be held?

Early Years SENCO Briefings will be held termly (three per year) and last for 1 hour.

New Policy Briefings

What happens at this briefing?

Additional briefings may be provided where new policy needs to be shared. For example, 2-year-old early education and childcare or 30 hours funded entitlement for working families of 3 and 4-year-olds.

 

How often will these briefings be held?

New Policy Briefings will be held as required and last for 1 hour.

Professional Development Activity

The Start Well Service will provide a series of professional development activities for funded early education and childcare providers in Bolton to support the high quality delivery of the EYFS.

 

These will include:

  • Newly Registered Childminder Network Meetings
  • Introduction to the EYFS – Child Development and Quality Interactions
  • Quality Networks; and
  • Understanding Ofsted Inspection Requirements.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

 

Newly Registered Childminder Network Meetings

What happens at this meeting?

This is a network meeting for newly registered Childminders (up to 12 months from registration). The Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team will coordinate a personalised support programme organised according to the needs of the group e.g. support with planning, quality interaction ideas, SEND advice, SEF and action planning or any combination of these.

 

How often will these meetings be held?

Newly Registered Childminder Network Meetings will be held termly (three per year) and last for 2 hours.

Supporting Transition for children with SEND

What happens at this session?

This practical session will offer ideas and support to enable the smooth transition into school for children who have been accessing additional support to meet their SEND needs whilst in nursery.

 

How often will these meetings be held?

Once a year in the summer term.

Introduction to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Child Development/Quality Interactions

What happens at this session?

This session will provide an overview of child development theory 0-5 and explore the critical role of the adult in these formative years. This will be linked to the statutory EYFS to support new practitioners to understand their role.

 

How often will these sessions be held?

Rolling programme throughout the year. One funded place for every new practitioner.

Quality Network Meeting

What happens at this meeting?

This is an opportunity to visit a Bolton school and hear from their staff team. A Bolton early years provider will also share an aspect of their practice.

 

How often will these sessions be held?

Twice a year.

Understanding Ofsted Inspection Requirements

What happens at this session?

This session is designed to help you understand Ofsted’s role in supporting improvements; understand inspection frameworks; and to help you prepare for your inspection.

 

How often will these sessions be held?

Rolling programme throughout the year.

In addition, we offer a range of traded services including bespoke consultancy and a comprehensive continuous professional development programme which is outlined in a separate document.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or would like to book any of our services, please contact us on 01204 33 8149 and a member of our team will be happy to help.