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Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Out of School Clubs

Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Out of School Clubs

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 out of school clubs 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 Out of School Clubs 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

Early Years SEND Support Visits

What happens on this visit?

These supportive visits will ensure SEND pathways are utilised effectively by each out of school club.

 

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 Out of School Clubs)

Targeted Offer

These visits are available for:

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

Action Planning Visit

What happens on this visit?

Out of school Clubs 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 Out of school Clubs’ 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 Out of School Clubs)

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 the Out of School Club 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:

  • Good or better 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 Out of School Clubs)

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 Out of School Club to review the action plan each term or as required.

 

Outcomes of action plan review visit:

  • Good or better 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 Out of School Clubs)

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 Out of School Club Briefings
  • Communication Champions Briefings
  • Early Years SENCO Briefings; and
  • New Policy Briefings.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Out of School Clubs)

Early Years Out of School Clubs Briefings

What happens at this briefing?

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

 

How often will these briefings be held?

Early Years Out of School Clubs 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 care. 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:

  • Introduction to the EYFS – Child Development and Quality Interactions
  • Quality Networks; and
  • Understanding Ofsted Inspection Requirements.
Fully Funded
(No cost to Out of School Clubs)

 

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, hear from their staff team and 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. 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.

Want to know more?

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