Additional Support and Information

Early Years Quality Improvement and Support Programme (EYQISP)

The Early Years Quality Improvement and Support Programme is a robust support and challenge programme that is provided by Cornwall Council to help early years providers in all schools, academies and early years settings to achieve the best possible outcomes for all children, including those from disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.  It also ensures that essential training and support is available for providers of early years services in order that they can confidently improve practice and can secure good or better Ofsted outcomes during inspections.  The programme is integral to the implementation of the Integrated Early Years Strategy in Cornwall.

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All providers will have a minimum basic entitlement to: 

  • Access to training and conferences in the 2017-18 Early Years Foundation Stage and Childcare training directory 
  • Telephone and email information and advice through contact with the Cornwall Early Years Effectiveness Team staff, the Early Years Learning and Development Team, the Family Information Service and the Early Years Inclusion Service
  • An Early Years Consultant, Children’s Centre Teacher, Early Years and Childcare Support Assistant and Childminder Support Assistant for their area (contact details are available from the Family Information Service website)
  • Pre and post Ofsted inspection phone advice for good and outstanding early years providers, academies and schools where this has been requested.  Bespoke visits by agreement where a particular need or concern has been identified.
  • Bespoke support visits arranged by agreement between the provider and local Early Years Consultant; for early years settings receiving nursery education funding.
  • Brokerage of peer to peer professional support between providers and practitioners where appropriate.
  • Invitations to specific improvement programmes, such as Learning Language and Loving It, in areas where data suggests children’s progress would benefit from additional, targeted support.

Additional, targeted support will be available as follows:

  • Settings graded ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted will be allocated an Early Years Effectiveness Team consultant who will be responsible for working with the setting in order to secure progress against relevant Ofsted actions.  This will include the development of a post Ofsted action and training plan which will be a condition for continued early years funding.  Where necessary a grant will be paid through the Early Years Effectiveness Team in order for specific elements of action plans to be implemented.  For example if a course is recommended as part of the action plan it may be possible to provide some resources in order for this to be subsidised or offered with no cost.  Local early years consultants will be able to give further advice about this during the development of an individual Action Plan.
  • Settings identified as being vulnerable will be prioritised for visits and these visits will be undertaken by the relevant Early Years Effectiveness Team member, for example a Children’s Centre Teacher or Early Years and Childcare Support Assistant.
  • Visits may consist of a range of activities including monitoring and supportive discussion with relevant managers and staff, observations within the setting or modelling of good practice for practitioners.
  • Settings where support has been prioritised may receive additional support commissioned by the Early Years Senior Effectiveness Officer based upon needs identified by the monitoring process.

Online support for early years education providers

The Family Information Service (FIS) website is a vital resource for all professionals working with children and young people, but especially early years education providers, as it offers a whole section dedicated to this sector.  Within it, you will find information and documents to assist with running a successful business, including details on funding, useful contacts, templates, application forms, important updates and guidance on statutory elements. 

Elsewhere on the site you will find information on both local and national services for families.  It’s also the online access point for the Common Assessment Framework (CAF).  Or use it to find out what’s happening at your local Children’s Centre through the downloadable what’s on guides.

As the official source for details on Ofsted registered childcare providers within Cornwall, parents rely on FIS when they are looking for a provider.  So, to maximise the marketing of your business, make sure your details are up to date with the service.  To amend your page on the FIS website, simply click on the link ‘my account’ and then sign-in or register.

If you have any questions, contact the FIS team on 0800 587 8191 or visit the website. 

When updating your details on the FIS website, you will see a section headed ‘Local Offer’ with a list of questions underneath.  The Local Offer is a statutory element of the Children and Families Act, every local authority must have one and Cornwall’s is hosted on the FIS website.

The Local Offer allows parents of children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) to see what services are available for their family.  Therefore, your answers to the Local Offer questions will play an important role in helping parents to decide if your setting is right for their child’s needs.

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the requirements for staff to child ratios in settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage and the qualification levels that practitioners must hold.  The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) defines the 'full and relevant' qualifications that practitioners must hold to be included in the specified ratios at levels 2 and 3 of the EYFS. 

The Early Years Qualifications List provides guidance and a search tool to help those delivering the EYFS to identify qualifications that are considered to be full and relevant at levels 2 and 3. 

Paediatric First Aid – Requirements from April 2017

At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.  The certificate must be for a full course consistent with the criteria set out in Annex A of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a full current PFA certificate.  PFA training must be renewed every three years and be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies.  All newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016, must also have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in the required staff:child ratios at level 2 or level 3 in an early years setting.

Providers are responsible for identifying and selecting a competent training provider to deliver their PFA training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a member of a trade body with an approval and monitoring scheme).

Staff Record of Training and Professional Development

Each regular staff member engaged in the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage should be participating in training and professional development activities associated with the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  This does not necessarily mean attendance at a training event.  Professional development opportunities are defined as ‘any occasion where a practitioner learns something that increases their knowledge about any aspect of early education, childcare and playwork’.

Please keep a record of all training and professional development opportunities that your staff have undertaken.  Under the Ofsted inspection framework for early years settings, settings will be asked to provide evidence of how they are supporting staff development and needs, and a description of their programme of professional development and training. It is essential that this work is linked to a full supervision and appraisal process in each setting as required in the EYFS Statutory Framework.

Child Development Centre Training Opportunities

The Child Development Centre’s in Cornwall at Truro, Liskeard, St Columb, Penzance and the outreach model in Launceston and Bude offer training and support to the parents and carers of children attending CDCs and their linked settings.  This year the CDC’s will be offering additional, targeted training for parents and carers.  These may include sessions on speech, language and communication, behaviour, eating and drinking and toileting.  These workshops are delivered by link health professionals and CDC staff with expertise in these areas.  We offer a crèche facility for children who attend the CDC.  The sessions are planned on areas identified by parents in our initial visits to them and their children.

In addition we will be offering drop in, pupil progress sessions at the CDC’s for parents and carers.  We provide opportunities for parents and carers to meet other parents and find out about the Early Years Foundation Stage provision, Five to Thrive principles and meet other supporting professionals such as the Speech and Language Therapists, Music Therapists, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Face to Face and other support groups.

Our focus this year will continue to be around play, engagement and child mental health and a range of support and play opportunities will be arranged to emphasise the importance of these areas for brain development.

We will also be working very closely with link settings and developing our training to support children who attend a CDC and a local EY setting.  It is vital for good progress that all settings a child attends support consistency in learning and teaching.  We will offer training and support on the SEN code of Practice and Education, Health and Care Plans, successful transitions and learning environments for children with complex needs.  These sessions will be across the county and by invite if you have a child attending your setting and a CDC.

For further information please contact Dilys Vincent, Headteacher, Truro Child Development Centre.  Tel: 01872 253878

Early Years Foundation Stage Forum

Set up in 2003, the Foundation Stage Forum has been the platform for a vibrant online community of professionals involved with the Foundation Stage.  With the advent of the new EYFS this community has become more active than ever.  Come and join a warm and personal support network of reception teachers, nursery practitioners and registered childminders.  Discuss issues, seek (and give) advice, find and download articles and resources – or just put your feet up and have a chat!  Whether experienced or new to the profession, members find inspiration, a place to share ideas, and a personal and friendly environment to meet with like-minded colleagues from around the country.

Cornwall’s Early Years Learning and Development Team has arranged free access to this resource for all its providers.  As Cornwall practitioners you will also find your own local forum area, and your early years team will be able to keep in touch with you via email, letting you know of events and news from your Local Authority.  Joining is simple, visit www.eyfs.info and select ‘Create Account’ at the top of the page. 

  • You will see a field marked 'LA Subscription Scheme' with a prompt saying 'Enter your LEA Key Here'.  Type your LA Registration Password Dozmary2010 in this field.  As you type you will see the button below change from 'Create Account' to 'Check Key'.
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    • Log in if asked to do so, and then start exploring

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