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Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Schools

Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Schools

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 schools and our services have been developed with the early years sectors’ needs 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.

All primary schools are able to access the Start Well Universal offer, including a Progress and Outcomes Leadership discussion, a Communication and Language Early Identification support visit and a range of briefings at no additional cost.

Schools with nursery classes for 2, 3 and 4 year olds are also able to access a targeted offer for their nursery leadership and provision. Action planning and personalised support to develop Reception Year class provision is available as a traded service.

You will find below details of our Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for 2018/19, which details the fully funded support on offer to nursery and primary schools in Bolton.

Start Well Targeted Offer for Schools

Early Years Support is provided as part of Primary Whole School Review Visits

What happens on a review?

Whole school reviews are organised through the Primary team. The early years provision in school is evaluated and strengths and areas for development identified as part of the whole school review.

 

Outcomes of EYFS element of review:

  • Supports strong leadership and management
  • Good or better outcomes at the next Ofsted inspection/self-evaluation as good or better.
Fully Funded
(No cost for providers)

Personalised Support

Personalised Support Visits:

These visits are available for :

  • Schools graded as Requires Improvement or Inadequate by Ofsted;
  • Schools with Nursery provision who self-evaluate as vulnerable to Requires Improvement in a particular area;
  • Newly-registered provision (up to 12 months from registration).
  • Schools can request additional support to look at a specific issue or concern.

Visits will be agreed with school leaders and will be organised according to what has been identified. For example a learning walk, focused discussion, co-delivery of a practitioner development session, leadership coaching, joint observations of practice, or any combination of these. The number of support visits will vary according to need.

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 school.

For longer pieces of work the EY lead will be offered support to develop an action plan that will secure improvement. Activity will be recorded on a note of visit and other resources such as audit tools and templates can be provided.

 

Outcomes of personalised support visits:

  • Supports strong leadership and management
  • Action plan clearly identifies key priorities, actions required, success criteria and timescales.
  • 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 for providers)

SEND Support Visits (application support/ monitoring/ Outreach SENCO support)

Purpose:

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

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 the SENCO to track progress to intended outcomes
  3. The SEND Outreach Support teacher will provide SENCO 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 EYFS profile
Fully Funded
(No cost for providers)

Start Well Meetings and Briefings for Schools

Briefings (funded no cost to providers)

Early Years Leads Briefings

What happens at this briefing?

This briefing, coordinated by the Start Well Quality and Outcomes team, will update EY leaders on National and Local developments in the EYFS, to support their professional development and leadership of the EYFS. Partners, e.g. colleagues in health will be invited to share any relevant information.

How often?

The briefings are each term (3 per year) and last for an hour

 

Communication Champion 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. They provide 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?

The briefings are each term (3 per year) and last for an hour

 

EY SENCO Briefings

What happens at this briefing?

This briefing will update EY 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?

The briefings are each term (3 per year) and last for an hour

Fully Funded
(No cost to any Primary School)

Start Well Assessment and Moderation Activity for Schools

Assessment and Moderation Activity

Providers can request support with in- house / cluster moderation of EY Outcomes assessment judgements and the use of the Better Start Portal.

 

EYFS Profile completion

In house support for providers who have to complete an EYFS Profile

This supportive visit will ensure practitioners new to the EYFS/ NQTs or those who need a refresher understand their responsibility to complete and submit the statutory EYFS profile assessment.

 

EYFS Profile Statutory Moderation Visits and Meetings

In accordance with the Standards and Testing Agency Assessment and Reporting Arrangements a proportion of schools will receive a moderation visit and the rest will be invited to attend a moderation meeting. Moderation visits and meetings take pace in the Summer term and schools will be notified before the end of the Spring term.

 

Two Year old Progress Check/ Integrated review meeting

These meetings will provide an opportunity for practitioners to share the judgements they have made of their key children’s attainment in relation to their statutory progress check using the EYFS Early Years outcomes/ ASQ3/SE information from the Health Visitor.

How often?

One per year for practitioners carrying out Statutory progress checks at two.

 

EY Outcomes Moderation Meeting

These meetings will provide an opportunity for practitioners to share the judgements they have made of their key children’s attainment and their progress using the EYFS Early Years outcomes

How often?

One per year for practitioners working with 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

 

Supporting Transition for children with SEND

Transitions can be a difficult time for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, moving to school needs to be carefully planned for and managed to support the child’s individual needs.

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.

Fully Funded
(No cost to any Primary School)

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.

Fully Funded
(No cost to providers)

Introduction to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

What happens at this session?

This session will provide an overview of 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 provider, share good practice, look around the provision, ask questions and network with colleagues.

How often will these meetings 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

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 numbers 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. Resources Training includes a copy of the WellComm Speech and Language Toolkit resource

(One per setting, for those settings who do not already have a copy)

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.

Resources

  • Training includes a copy of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ3) and ASQ Social and Emotional (ASQ-SE) Assessment tools.

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 schools please contact Laura Wright on 01204 33 8149 or via BoltonStartWell@bolton.gov.uk and we will be happy to help.