September 2013 E-Bulletin

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Ofsted have published ‘Early Years Outcomes’, a non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors, to help inform understanding of child development through the early years.  It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. 

Ofsted consultation on learning and development requirements for out of school clubs and playschemes ending soon

On July 16th 2013 the Government published ‘More Affordable Childcare’ which gives a summary of responses to the Childcare Commission carried out last year.  It also outlined their plans to make childcare more affordable and increase the provision of out-of-school childcare in schools. 

One of the  key proposals put forward, which is probably of most interest to out of school clubs and playschemes, is the removal  of after-school learning and development requirements in the EYFS will for Reception children, who are already taught during the school day

At present though this is only a proposal  but it could make a big difference to the everyday practice at out of school clubs and playschemes.  So if you agree that the learning and development requirements should be removed please ensure you fill in the consultation document.  You can complete the consultation online , it is quick and easy.   The consultation ends shortly on 30th September 2013.

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#Ofsted big conversation report

On Friday 13th September 2013 Leeds childcare providers, national support agencies and Leeds City Council representatives gathered in Horsforth to take part in the #Ofsted Big Conversation campaignA lively conversation developed about the Ofsted inspection process and how it could be improved to provide a better experience for childcare settingsFollowing the meeting a report has been published by Community Matters (Yorkshire) which gives a good overview of  the discussion.

Safeguarding children information sheet

Written by Sue Bradshaw this information sheet provides policy and procedures in relation to safeguarding children for adoption and adaptation at play settings. It also includes guidelines on how to respond to disclosures and advice to support preventing children from future harm.  This is an updated version of the Safeguarding our children information sheet Play Wales published in 2008.

HSE Guidance for employing young people

The Health and Safety Executive have published some guidance on their website about employers health, safety and welfare responsibilities when employing a young person under the age of 18, whether for work or work experience.

Voice and Influence bulletin

The Voice and Influence bulletin is produced by Leeds City Council to promote the latest news, developments and opportunities around children and young people’s voice and influence.

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Are your safeguarding procedures good enough?

The serious case review by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board into the case of Paul Wilson, jailed in 2011 for raping a child at Little Stars in Birmingham, concludes that poor nursery management and the failure of the local authority and Ofsted to investigate concerns raised about his behaviour meant that the abuse was missed.  In response to the review Nursery World has published a useful article which examines issues around mobile phone use and staff relationships with parents through social media or babysitting arrangements.

All primary school pupils to be taught about abuse

As part of the NSPCC campaign ‘Now I Know’ schools will be visited at least once every two years by “ChildLine Champions” who  will teach children between the ages of nine and 11 about abuse, neglect and what to do if it’s happening to them.

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cross sector network meeting

The next Cross Sector Network meeting will be held on Saturday 12th October 2013 at Otley Courthouse 9.15 – 13.15.   The main focus of the morning will be special educational needs and inclusion.  The agenda and further information about the event are available here.

Children’s Services Workforce Development Training

Children’s Service Workforce Development have published their training booklet for September to December 2013.  Training being offered includes:

  • Dynamic Assessment Training
  • Personal Safety and Lone Working
  • Supervision Training
  • Restorative Practice Awareness Training

Early Years Improvement Team Training 

Places are available on some of the training courses being offered by the early years improvement team.  An availability list and details of how to book a place can be found here.

Moving and Handling Training

Feel Good Factor in Chapeltown are delivering a ‘Moving and Handling’  training course on Monday 21st October 9.30am – 12.30pm.  Cost £35.00.  For more information or to book a place Tel: 0113 3504200.

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion team training courses 2013-14

The SEN and Inclusion team have published their training programme for October 2013 till June 2014.  Courses include:

  • Inclusive Interaction
  • Working with parents and other professionals
  • Understanding and managing young childrens behaviour

 There is a charge for courses, however there may be some funding available towards the cost of training.

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Creative Saturdays at Leeds Play network

Why not come down to Leeds Play Network on a Saturday morning for a free fun session using scrap materials in a creative way? Take an opportunity to look around the Play Resource Centre which offers access to affordable scrap and arts/crafts materials. You can stock up on items and take some different creative ideas away. It’s also a good opportunity to have a chat and a coffee too.

Next session: Saturday 21st September 2013 – 10-12pm. If you would like to come along please ring the office on 0113 2016790 to let us know you will be coming.


For over fifteen years Bulb Bonanza organised by Groundwork has been helping to make Leeds a more colourful and cheerful place to live and work.  They have 80,000 daffodil bulbs to give away to groups around Leeds to plant at school grounds, community centres, road sides, youth clubs, or maybe a grass verge in need of a splash of springtime colour.  Check out the Bulb Bonanza information to see if your group is eligible  for some free bulbs.

job vacancies

There is currently a job vacancy for a pre-school and out of school club manager at Janeys Web in Adel advertised on the LPN website. Please click here to view the details. If you have any job vacancies you wish to advertise please get in touch by telephone 0113 2016790.

Finally if you have any news or events to publicise for the next e-bulletin please contact Cheryl through the Contact us page or telephone 0113 2016790

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