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New EYFS framework (from Sep 2021)

Dear Early Years Provider, From September 2021, all early years providers must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework.  The key aims of the reforms are to:  improve child outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy, especially for disadvantaged children;…

A new wellbeing resource for pregnancy and post-birth (Tommy's)

Tommy's is a digital tool, created in partnership with the Institute of Health Visitors (IHV), the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Netmums, Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The resource: Your Baby’s Mum: A wellbeing plan for pregnancy and post-birth offers…

New! Family Information Service Newsletters

The Family Information Service has created a newsletters section to provide news and updates about what is available for families in Kensington and Chelsea. Download a copy today and let us know what you think! If you would like to provide feedback on our service…

NHS Flu vaccination programme for 2/3 year olds

Update on NHS Flu vaccination programme for 2-3 year olds It’s more important than ever for those who need it to get their flu vaccination, to help protect us all from the threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter. All children aged 2 and 3…

NHS Flu vaccination programme for 2/3 year olds (practitioners)

Update on NHS Flu vaccination programme for 2-3 year olds It’s more important than ever for those who need it to get their flu vaccination, to help protect us all from the threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter. All children aged 2 and 3…

Non-violent Resistance (NVR)

NVR stands for Non-Violent Resistance, it’s an approach with its roots in the civil rights movement which has been developed to address children’s violent or self-destructive behaviours. This approch has gained in recognition and popularity due to the realization by many parents and professionals that,…

North Family Hub Children's Centre Offer

Our centres are warm and friendly places and welcome all resident families with a child  under five. Our main centres are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Holmfield House Children’s Centre is also open once a month on a Saturday. At each of our centres…

Nourish & Thrive Westminster: A free 8-week online cookery course

Groundwork London are offering a free 8-week online cookery courses via Zoom to learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals using kitchen cupboard ingredients. The first of these courses will start on Mon 16th November and run to January 25th 2021 from 11:00am - 12:30pm.   The first 20…

Nutrition and healthy eating

Healthy Start Healthy start is a national programme which provide weekly free vouchers for low income families with children under four, to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You may be…

Nutritional information

The Eatwell Guide & food groups 5 a day Food labels Sugar Smart Physical Activity

Observation, assessment and planning

Please have a look at the following powerpoint presentation and specific sections underneath in regards to observations, assessments and planning in the Early Years. We do hope you will find it useful.  This is an embedded <a href="https://office.com" target="_blank" data-mce-href="https://office.com">Microsoft Office</a> presentation, powered by <a…

Occupational therapy

Paediatric occupational therapists assess and treat children who have difficulties that affect their ability to do every day physical activities. Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy (CYPOT) Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic there is a change to this service. Please visit Coronavirus Page on…

Occupational therapy referrals

Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy (CYPOT) Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic there is a change to this service. Please visit Coronavirus Page on local offer (Kensington and Chelsea / Westminster)  for more information and details of how to contact the service.  Working in…

Ofsted information for childminders

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. This organisation inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.Ofsted is a non-ministerial department. Pre-Ofsted visit tutorial  Registering with…

Online safety

New technologies can mean new opportunities for children or young people to come to harm; on the internet or as victims of cyber-bullying. There are lots of websites that offer advice and information about staying stay online, for children, young people and adults: Access the 'National Society…

Organisations and services providing family support

Family Lives Family Friends Action West London West London Action for Children Total Family Coaching Citizens Advice Family Rights Group People First The A Project The Kensington and Chelsea Fundation Families and Commuties Employment Service (FACES) Other services providing assistance and support can be found…

Our vision for Early Years in the Bi-Borough

ALL children and families receive a positive welcome Parents have choice as to which setting they attend We can meet the needs of all children There is robust tracking and assessment in place in settings Staff in settings are well trained and confident supporting children with SEND…

Outreach

The Early Years team works with voluntary sector childcare partners to ensure we provide services for families and children in the community. We fund the following organisations who provide family support and drop in services in community venues. Because of early years funding these services are…

Parents-to-be and under 5s health

This section aims to provide you with information and guidance to help keep yourself healthy if you are trying to conceive, and during and after pregnancy. Also, it is also designed to offer you guidance and useful tips for looking after yours and your health…

Partners offer training for EY practitioners

Business skills   SEND training offer Federation of Westminster Special School Training and Outreach Service Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service   First Aid Courses   Change4Life workforce training   Healthy Early Years London Local Safeguarding Children Board Prevent Duty Training Tri-Music Together – Music…

Paying for childcare

Information on the benefits, schemes and allowances that may help towards your childcare costs. Also find: links to calculators to work out how much you may save and who to speak to for further help. Is your child 2, 3 or 4 years old?  All…

PHE physical development

This is a FREE course To register and find out more, visit: Future Learn     What will you achieve? By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to... Identify the importance of movement skills to the overall health, wellbeing and development of young…

Policies (EY in schools)

Please click on the links below to access the relevant policy: EYFS policy for reception classes and school Exemplar EY handbook for reception and schools Should you have any queries, please contact the Early Years Advisory Team

Policy for children and young people with SEND in youth custody

Please download our policy for children and young people with SEND in youth custody below. Policy for children and young people with SEND in youth custody (September 2021) The Youth Offending Team (YOT) and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Services have worked jointly to produce this…

Post-16 educational options

A list of colleges and educational options can be found in the following link: Click here to access a list of Post-16 Options
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