Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Childminders
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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 works with the early years workforce; children and families and other professionals to ensure the best possible start in life for every child.

The 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.

Start Well Targeted Offer for Childminders

Personalised Support Visits

These targeted 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;
  • Providers requesting follow up support from a Start Well visit / training;
  • Childminders with funded children;
  • Newly registered childminders (up to 12 months from registration);

Childminders can request additional support to focus on a specific area of EYFS practice. Where childminders have a Requires Improvement or Inadequate Ofsted inspection outcome or for more in depth pieces of work they will be offered support to develop and review an action plan that will secure improvement.

Then visits will be agreed and organised according to what has been identified. The number of support visits will vary according to need.

The support may be for childminders to implement effective safeguarding and welfare requirements or to improve children’s progress and outcomes. Where improvements have been identified relating to Communication and Language, the Start Well Communication and Language Development Team will provide support.

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:

  • Supports strong leadership and management.
  • Compliance with safeguarding and welfare requirements.
  • Clearly identified and addressed key priorities, actions required, success criteria and timescales.
  • Improved outcomes at the next Ofsted inspection.
  • Improved outcomes for all children including the most vulnerable.
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 the first inspection). The Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team will coordinate a personalised EYFS support programme organised according to the needs of the group.

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

Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

SEND support visits (application support / monitoring / Outreach SENCO support)

Purpose:

These visits will ensure SEND pathways are utilised effectively by the childminder.

What happens on these visits?

Start Well SEND visits have 3 broad purposes

  1. The SEND manager will support providers to complete applications for Inclusion funding, including understanding of Early Help processes in Bolton
  2. Inclusion fund monitoring visits from the SEND manager will help to track progress to intended outcomes
  3. The SEND Outreach Support teacher will provide support and advice about individual children

 

Outcomes of SEND support visits:

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

Start Well Meetings and Briefings for Childminders

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. This provides an opportunity for networking and sharing of good practice. One of the sessions will have a focus on assessment and moderation to 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. It is delivered by the Start Well SEND Team.

 

How often will these briefings be held?

The briefings are each term (three per year) and last for 1 hour.

Professional Development Activity

Fully Funded
(No cost to Childminders)

 

Are you ready for OFSTED?

What happens at this session?

This session is designed to help childminders to understand Ofsted’s role in supporting improvements; understand inspection frameworks; refine your self-evaluation process and to help you prepare for your inspection.

 

How often will these sessions be held?

Rolling programme throughout the year.

Quality Network Meeting

What happens at this session?

This is an opportunity to visit a Bolton provider, share good practice, look around the provision, ask questions and network with colleagues.

How often will these sessions be held?

Twice per year.

Every Child training – Working together to improve school readiness

Start Well are working in partnership with EYFS providers to deliver the Every Child training offer. The offer is intended to provide key tools to all providers of Early Years education to support every child and start to embed pathways.

There is excellent practice already in many of our schools and settings. The aim is to ensure all practitioners who may benefit have the opportunity to access the sessions as an introduction or refresher. We are building on good practice in Bolton and are confident that schools and settings will work together to facilitate roll out and strengthen capacity through supportive networks. This training offer is available for all practitioners and we are able to do this at no cost as schools and settings provide host venues.

Details of how to book will be circulated via email, through school cluster representatives and via the Bolton Start Well website: www.BoltonStartWell.org.uk

You can purchase any three copies of the high quality resources ‘The Mark Making to Writing Journey’, ‘The Number Journey’ and ‘The Early Communication and Language Journey’ for £30 which provide a framework for development and an ongoing reference tool. You can purchase additional copies at £10 each.

Communication and Language Journey

Description

This 2 hour, practical workshop will help you to support the communication and language development of children in the EYFS with support from the practical Communications and Language Journey resource. The course uses interactive teaching methods, practical activities and group discussion to engage learners.

During this course we will:

  • Explore knowledge and understanding of typical communication and language development of children aged 0-7 years;
  • Consider how we can identify children below or at risk of communication and language delay and so improve early identification;
  • Explore practical advice and strategies to support parents and families;
  • Consider how we can effectively target further assessments and interventions (such as WellComm, Language through Listening, Nursery Narrative and EYBIC).
  • Explore how to make effective use of the Early Years Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Grant.

Who is this course for?

All Practitioners working with children aged 6 months to 6 years and their families.

Mark Making to Writing Journey

Course Description

This practical 2 hour course will help you to support children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to develop the physical skills needed to become confident writers and ultimately improve writing outcomes.

  • During this course, we will:
  • Consider how indoor and outdoor learning environments can enable progress for all learners;
  • Provide practical, low cost ideas to enhance your mark making and writing opportunities within continuous indoors and outdoors provision; and
  • Combine underpinning theory with practical ideas and opportunities for discussion.

Who is this course for?

All Practitioners working with children aged 6 months to 6 years and their families.

The Number Journey

Description

This is a practical 2 hour course is designed to support Early Years Practitioners to use Bolton’s New Number Journey Guidance to improve outcomes in maths development. It will help you to support children to develop a firm foundation in early mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.

This course will help you to improve teaching and learning of number in your EYFS, to ultimately improve mathematics outcomes.

During this course we will:

  • Unpick the number sense concepts and the way they link to improve teaching;
  • Provide practical, affordable ideas to enhance your number opportunities within continuous provision indoors and outdoors;
  • Share ideas and suggestions to help you meet expectations of Ofsted that parents are involved with in their children’s learning; and
  • Combine underpinning theory with practical ideas and opportunities for discussion.

Who is this course for?

All Practitioners working with children aged 6 months to 6 years and their families.

WellComm Speech and Language Toolkit

Description

A 2 hour training course based around the WellComm Speech and Language Toolkit. This course is designed to develop practitioner’s skills and confidence in supporting children under 5 years who are at risk of developing speech, language and communication difficulties. It can also be used to support those with English as an additional language.

The course is designed as a 2 hour in-depth training session focussing on the use of the WellComm Toolkit for screening and delivering interventions with young children. The course uses interactive teaching methods, practical activities and group discussion to engage learners.

During this course we will:

  • Understand how to assess children working below their age related expectations;
  • Know how to support children working below their age related expectations;
  • Carry out appropriate interventions either in small groups or on an individual basis;
  • Accurately monitor children’s progress; and
  • Make effective use of Early Years Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Grant.

Who is this course for?

All Practitioners working with children aged 6 months to 6 years and their families.

Phase 1 Phonics

Description

This 2 hour course is essential for practitioners working with funded 3 and 4 year old children, with a focus on quality teaching in developing phonological awareness, the building blocks for reading and writing.

We will:

Explore the contents of Phase 1 Letters and Sounds and consider effective practice for developing phonological awareness for children working developmentally 30 months plus.

How will I learn?

  • Through focused discussion and practical activity explore developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s early phonics including general sound discrimination, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and oral blending and segmenting (skills required for reading and writing)
  • Consider ways in which an enabling environment can support children’s phonological development

Who is this course for?

All Practitioners working with children aged 6 months to 6 years and their families. Schools without Nursery provision and feeder providers may want to work together.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

A 2 hour training course that explores the ASQ Third Edition (ASQ-3) and ASQ Social and Emotional (ASQ-SE) assessment tools. The two evidenced based screening tools are used by health Visitors as part of their mandated visit for every child in the Healthy Childcare Programme (HCP). This training will support providers in their understanding of the Year Old Progress Check (HCP) and support the Integrated Review.

What will I learn?

  • An increase awareness about developmental screening for all young children
  • How to use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ3) and ASQ Social and Emotional (ASQ-SE)
  • How to obtain accurate outcomes, using the correct age interval questionnaire. ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE
  • How to engage parents in using a developmental screening tool.

Who is this course for?

All practitioners working with children aged 6 months to 6 years and their families.

In addition, we offer a range of traded services including bespoke consultancy and a comprehensive continuous professional development programme which can be accessed here.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the offer for childminders please contact Laura Wright on 01204 33 8149 or via BoltonStartWell@bolton.gov.uk and we will be happy to help.