Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer for Schools
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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 incorporates the former Early Years and Childcare Team and the Children and Family Support Service in the Council. 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 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 new Start Well Early Years Foundation Stage Offer, which details the fully funded support on offer to nursery and primary schools 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 school 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 schools as new policy is rolled out.

 

Outcomes of new policy visit:

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

New to the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Visit

What happens on this visit?

This supportive visit is available for any new practitioners who complete the statutory EYFS Profile assessment. A member of the Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team will discuss the EYFS Profile Handbook and exemplification with the Practitioner responsible for completion. The visit will take up to 2 hours and 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 completed accurately
  • Take up and delivery of new policy meets Department for Education expectations
Fully Funded
(No cost to any Primary School)

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

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

 

What happens on this visit?

Start Well SEND visits have three broad purposes:

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children
  • Narrow the attainment gap (EYFS Profile)
Fully Funded
(No cost for nursery class support)

Targeted Offer

These visits are available for:

  • Schools with Nurseries graded as Required Improvement or Inadequate by Ofsted
  • Schools with Nurseries graded as Required Improvement or Inadequate by Ofsted
  • Schools setting up new 2, 3 and 4 year old provision.

Action Planning Visit

What happens on this visit?

The Early Years Lead will be offered support from a member of the Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team to develop an action plan that will secure improvement in nursery provision. Action plan templates will be made available or the schools own preferred format can be used.

Action planning support will be available termly or as required.
This visit will last approximately 2 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 for nursery class support)

Personalised Support Visits

What happens on this visit?

The Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team will provide support to improve nursery provision as agreed in the action plan. These visits will be agreed with SLT and will be organised according to what is needed e.g. there may be a learning walk, focused discussion, co-delivery of a practitioner development session, leadership coaching, joint observations of practice 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 school.

 

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
  • Improve outcomes for all children including the most vulnerable
Fully Funded
(No cost for nursery class support)

Action Plan Review Visit

What happens on this visit?

This supported self-evaluation visit will provide an external validation of progress to actions. The Early Years Lead will be offered support from a member of the Start Well Quality and Outcomes Team to review actions through learning walks, joint observations and looking at assessment
information. This visit will be arranged as required or on an annual basis. If
schools are having a Whole School Review, this activity will take the place of this.

 

Outcomes of action plan review visit:

  • Good or better outcomes at the next Ofsted inspection/self-evaluation as
    good or better
  • Improve outcomes for all children including the most vulnerable
Fully Funded
(No cost for nursery class support)

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

What happens on this visit?

The early years provision in school is evaluated and strengths and areas for development identified as part of the whole school review.

 

Outcomes of action plan review visit:

  • Supports strong leadership and management
  • Good or better outcomes at the next Ofsted inspection/self-evaluation as good or better
Fully Funded
(No cost to maintained schools as part of primary offer)

Briefings

The Start Well Service will co-ordinate and deliver a series of briefings for primary schools in Bolton to support the leadership and delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

These will include:

  • Early Years Leads Briefings
  • Communication Champions Briefings
  • Early Years SENCO Briefings; and
  • New Policy Briefings.
Fully Funded
(No cost to any Primary School)

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 finance, health etc.) will be invited to share any relevant information.

 

How often will these briefings be held?

Early Years Leads 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. It 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:

  • Transitional Moderation
  • 2-year-old Progress Check / Integrated Review Moderation
  • EYFS – Child Development and Quality Interactions; and
  • Quality Networks
Fully Funded
(No cost to any Primary School)

Transitional Moderation Meeting

What happens at this 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 will these meetings be held?

Once a year for practitioners working with 2, 3 and 4-year-olds.

2-Year-Old Progress Check / Integrated Review Moderation Meeting

What happens at this 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; and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3)/Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE) information from the Health Visitor.

 

How often will these meetings be held?

Once a year for practitioners carrying out the Statutory Progress Check at 2.

Supporting Transition for children with SEND

What happens at this session?

This will be a practical session offering ideas and support for 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 sessions 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 meetings be held?

Twice a year.

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 or Sheron Kantor on 01204 33 8149 or via BoltonStartWell@bolton.gov.uk and we will be happy to help.