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Early Support Development Journal

Early Support have released a Development Journal for children and young people with multiple needs.  It is based on a series of ‘Can Do’ cards which help parents and practitioners to observe, record and celebrate children’s and young people’s abilities, and to develop and strengthen these abilities.  The Journal supports key working by helping everyone involved with a child to share what they know and discuss how best to work together to support development and learning.

You can download the Development Journal from NCB’s website.

 

 

NDNA

Free introductory online course on the EYFS!

Take advantage of a FREE introductory course on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), courtesy of NDNA’s Development Zone.

The course provides a basic overview and understanding of the revised EYFS. Early years practitioners can further develop their knowledge and understanding of EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements; learning and development requirements; changes to the Development Matters statements; key changes to the Ofsted inspection framework and implications for the setting; and two year old progress checks.  The course is suitable for both practitioners new to early years and those practitioners working with children aged 0-5 in England.  On completion of the course you can download an electronic certificate to demonstrate your professional development.

Sign up today at www.ndna.org.uk/free-course

NLH Partnership

“Workshop: Measuring Children’s Centre Impacts and Outcomes – Readymade tools to take away and use”

Date: Thursday 20th June 2013, 10am-4.30pm

Venue: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

Details: This workshop introduces attendees to a range of high-quality, validated, easy-to-use, quantitative, outcomes measurement tools, selected specifically to meet the needs of Children’s Centres.  The tools can be used to measure the outcomes of a range of common Children’s Centre services and areas of work, as well as for the measurement of ‘distance travelled’ and for assessing the outcomes of ‘holistic’ support for families.  Attendees leave the workshop with a range of free outcomes measurement tools that they can begin using straight away.

For more information email workshops@nlhpartnership.co.uk, or call 0207 7292206.

“Workshop: Measuring Children’s Centre Impacts and Outcomes – Readymade tools to take away and use”

Date: Friday 5th July 2013, 10am-4.30pm

Venue: Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

Details: This workshop introduces attendees to a range of high-quality, validated, easy-to-use, quantitative, outcomes measurement tools, selected specifically to meet the needs of Children’s Centres.  The tools can be used to measure the outcomes of a range of common Children’s Centre services and areas of work, as well as for the measurement of ‘distance travelled’ and for assessing the outcomes of ‘holistic’ support for families.  Attendees leave the workshop with a range of free outcomes measurement tools that they can begin using straight away.

For more information email workshops@nlhpartnership.co.uk, or call 0207 7292206.

www.nlhpartnership.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=76

The Communication Trust

Database of SLCN interventions launched

The Communication Trust launched What Works, a database of interventions for practitioners working with children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The aim of the database, launched on March 25th, is to provide access to evidenced interventions which work for children with SLCN. At present 60 interventions are on the database and these were chosen following extensive consultation with practitioners and a thorough literature.  New interventions will be added to the database as the consultation year progresses and these will be examined by a team of academics, as well as representatives of The Communication Trust and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) who will decide if they meet strict selection criteria.

The RCSLT has increased its support of What Works by adding its endorsement to the database. Chief Executive Kamini Gadhok said: “The RCSLT is delighted to have had the opportunity to work with partners at The Communication Trust to support the evaluation and development of the What Works website.  At a time when commissioning of services is becoming more complex, any resource that supports this process is going to be vital.”

It is hoped that practitioners will sign up and use the database to find ways of supporting good communication in children.

To view and register to use the database click here. (http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/whatworks )

If you have any questions, please read the Frequently Asked Questions document here. (https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/about-the-trust/what-do-we-do/latest-news.aspx )

KIDS

KIDS launches free eLearning for parents of disabled children and young people.

In April, KIDS launched a new eLearning package for parents and carers, aimed at explaining the key points about personalisation, personal budgets and how they may impact on their family life.

KIDS is the charity that works with disabled children, young people and their families.  As part of the ‘Making it Personal’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has created an eLearning suite aimed at parents and carers of disabled children and young people.

Anyone wishing to access the free eLearning can do so by creating an account here: http://elearning.kids.org.uk/login/index.php

The eLearning is intended as a simple walk through some of the information presented in the ‘Taking a Personal Approach: A Parents Guide to Personal Budgets’ handbook.  The handbook was produced earlier this year for parents and carers about personal budgets and how ongoing government changes may affect them.

The Parent’s Handbook is still freely available in long and short versions for ease of use.  You can download it from the KIDS website www.kids.org.uk/information/100347/106207/106214/106217/for_parents_and_carers/

KIDS worked together with OPM, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust under the ‘Making it Personal’ project to develop a suite of resources, including guidance for commissioners and others in children’s services on how to commission for personalisation, along with a handbook for parents and carers of disabled children on what personal budgets are and how they can be used.

 

Work on the current ‘Making it Personal’ project ceased at the end of March 2013, however all of the resources are still available online to use.  For more information on this project, please visit www.kids.org.uk/mip

This work was developed in response to the Department for Education’s Green Paper Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability (DfE 2011)

KIDS works across all of England.  The charity has also pioneered a range of approaches for working with disabled children including Portage (home learning), Direct Short Breaks and England’s first inclusive adventure playground.

 

 

Supporting Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers

British parents rely on a complex support network in bringing up their children – including nurseries, childminders, grandparents and extended family – all of whom play an important role in feeding their toddlers.  In fact, a survey by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) shows the average toddler typically has almost 30% of their meals provided by people other than their parents.

Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers

On that basis 4Children is delighted to partner with the ITF and their Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers programme to provide support to early years practitioners in managing toddler mealtimes and promote healthy behaviours around food.

“To approach feeding toddlers with confidence, carers need consistent, simple and sound advice that can be applied everywhere toddlers are fed”, comments Atul Singhal, Chair of the Infant & Toddler Forum and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Great Ormond Street Hospital.  “This is exactly what the ITF has developed with the Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers.  ‘Ten Steps’ is an easy-to-use guide for parents, carers and early years practitioners on what food to offer toddlers, what behaviour to encourage and how best to manage mealtimes.”

 

For the last two years the Infant & Toddler Forum has been working hard to encourage wider adoption of Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers, working in partnership with early years and nursery settings across the country, including the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Busy Bees and London Early Years Foundation.

The aim of the Ten Steps programme is to supply settings with resources that help them to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Since the introduction of the Ten Steps, settings have reported mealtimes to be calmer, more social experiences with increased staff confidence when advising parents on toddler feeding and behaviours.

Get involved!

Adopting the Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers in your setting is easy! Follow this link to start using the downloadable materials for parents and practitioners. www.infantandtoddlerforum.org/health-and-childcare-professionals

Infant & Toddler Forum

The Infant & Toddler Forum is a group of leading experts who specialise in early years nutrition and development. The ITF develops evidence-based resources to support with the nutrition and development of children.

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