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  1. Peter Pan Training Partnership in conjunction with Bedford Borough Council are pleased to be able to offer free online training. The training is taking place across the Autumn Term and includes: The New EYFS Education Health and Care Needs Assessment Form (ECHNAF) Training An introduction to Environmental Rating Scales Please see attached flyer for full details on each course and how to book. Visit www.peterpantrainingpartnership.co.uk for more information and to book
  2. Hi, Please feel free to share this flyer with any parents from your settings who may benefit from some additional support at the minute! Also if anyone would ever like any SEND advice or support, just let me know! Thanks Stephen
  3. Hi, Just wondering if there has been any progress on the newsletter function that was suggested as a possibilty a few months ago? We tried having a false child and adding all parents but we had complaints from parents that they could see each others names. Is this going to happen soon? Thanks
  4. Sian Davies


    Dear all, We want to use the SEND stages for 3 of our children but I was wondering how this works if and when parents don't agree if their child is SEND. Can we still use these stages for assessment for their Tapestry. We are struggling to show progress any other way! Thanks in advance for any help or information you can share
  5. NEW Training Opportunity - L3 Certificate for SENCOs in the Early Years (CERTSEY) Offered by Bedford Borough in partnership with Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) and accredited by Gateway Qualifications (13 L3 credits) Click attached flyer for more information on the course If you are a setting , located outside of Bedford Borough, please click on the following link to find out more information about the course https://easternpartnership.co.uk/ CERTSEY Flyer - Bedford Borough Council.pdf
  6. Full Time (37.5 hours per week: Monday - Friday) / Salary: £21,563 - £25,313 (equivalent to Band S6, Surrey Pay Scale) - dependent upon experience. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a SEND Early Years Teacher / Nursery Nurse, to join our newly opened SEND Nursery (ages 2 - 5yrs) at The Children’s Trust School. Providing care for children with acquired brain injury, neurodisabilities and complex learning and health needs, you will work collaboratively with Class Teachers and within a Multidisciplinary Team, to incorporate Best Practise and lead the Nursery in delivering exceptional and innovative teaching strategies. You will have previous experience of working with pupils with complex SEND, as well as leading and managing in a SEND nursery setting. With demonstrable experience and an excellent understanding of the EYFS Statutory Framework and children’s development, you will support Class Teachers and by extension, the School Leadership Team, in delivering transformational change, whilst embedding robust School policies and procedures. With experience of working in a complex environment, across a large and diverse workforce, you will be exceptionally organised with a high-level of attention to detail. You will naturally possess excellent inter-personal skills, and an ability to consult and positively engage with key stakeholders across the organisation. If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Elaine Lush, School Business & Admin Manager, on 01737 365 816 or email: elush@thechildrenstrust.org.uk PLEASE NOTE: The Children's Trust Application Form MUST be completed and submitted, in order for your application to be considered. Closing Date: 3rd April 2019 Interview Date(s): From 29th April 2019 Strictly no agencies please. Boasting a beautiful 24-acre site in Surrey, The Children’s Trust is located just outside of London, close to the M25 (accessible via Junction 8, A217 to Tadworth) and is easily accessible via National Rail, by way of: Clapham Junction, Sutton and Epsom. The work we do is highly rewarding, and in addition to an attractive salary, we offer a valuable range of benefits, including: free on-site parking; subsidised cafeteria; on-site staff accommodation (subject to availability); the ability to retain your NHS and/or Teacher's pension (where applicable) or the opportunity to join an alternative scheme; and the opportunity to develop and implement your expertise in an environment that is as unusual in its beautiful historic nature, as it is unique in its state-of-the-art facilities. The Children’s Trust is fully committed to protecting children and young people. All posts at The Children's Trust are subject to an enhanced DBS check. If you are applying to The Children's Trust, and are already registered with the DBS update service, this will speed up the recruitment process significantly. We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, regardless of their race, sex, disabilities, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation, or age. NNEB MASTER.docx
  7. can anyone please share examples of their SENCO noticeboards please? looking for inspiration
  8. CraftyCrittersClubLtd

    Nursery Practitioner: Epsom

    Crafty Critters Club are looking for nursery staff to join our Early Years team in Epsom during school holidays. nursery would be open from 8:45am - 3:30pm. We have a variety of positions to fill, but are looking for candidates with a minimum qualification of level 2 childcare. The ideal candidates will have bundles of energy as well as a warm and caring nature. They will be great at communicating with parents and working as part of a team. The ideal candidate will be punctual, reliable, friendly and courteous. At Crafty Critters Club we strive to ensure that we provide the best possible childcare and we are continually looking to improve and exceed expectations. As a member of our team, the right candidate will be someone who has a genuine desire to work with children as well as a strong work ethic. They will also be well spoken, articulate, presentable, and enthusiastic. Candidates will require an enhanced childcare DBS certificate with an update facility taken on this. Full training for the post will be given, and all staff have access to further training including child protection training and first aid. Ring 02086439164 for more information or reply to this with your CV and include your email address. Because of the nature of this job, a full criminal record disclosure will be undertaken, therefore it is essential that you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, cautions or bind-overs in your application, and if so, for which offences. This post is exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and therefore applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions, even if they are considered 'spent'. This postion is salaried at £14,560 to £18,380 pro rata Salary: £14,560.00 to £18,380.00 /year pre-rata Job Type: Part-time Experience: EYFS: 2 years Licence: level 3 childcare level 2 childcare Paediatric First Aid online DBS driving licence is required If you feel you could suit this role please contact me and we can arrange a date for a interview. Kind Regards
  9. We are a small nursery in Havant (PO9 1RA) looking for an Early Years Practitioner to cover maternity leave in the baby/toddler room from September 2018 to April 2019 We require the practitioner to work 4 full days per week, managing a team of four staff. You must be highly motivated, experienced, with a Level 3 nursery nurse qualification, enhanced DBS and a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. A responsible approach and good leadership qualities are a must. If you have the above, we would love you to get in touch.
  10. Youth Project Manager What we offer! £23,695 per annum Location: Guildford Hours: Full Time (35 Hours: to include Saturdays and some evenings) Regular FREE training provided, NEST Pension, Health Care Cash Plan available, FREE Parking and Free DBS, annual leave increases with service For information on how to apply please go to: https://disability-challengers.org/team-challengers/paid-vacancies/ or contact work@disability-challengers.org or alternatively complete the attached application form. The Role Challengers searching for a new Youth Project Manager! With 25 play and youth schemes across Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire we require a dedicated number of Project Managers to oversee the running of these schemes. You will be joining the Challengers Operations Team who manage all the Challengers services in an innovative, exciting and growing voluntary sector organisation. The Project Manager will need to be a driver and enjoy a mix of management and being ‘hands on’. The Youth Project Manager will plan and manage three of our play and youth projects across the South-East. In return you can expect to receive exceptional support, an incredible sense of job satisfaction, a laptop and a phone! We'd like to meet: Someone who knows how to play – you will embody and understand the importance of play and youth work for children and young people. Someone who can work with other people effectively including play workers, parents, social workers, head teachers to ensure children are happy and safe at Challengers. Someone who has worked with disabled children and young people. Someone who has set up projects – big or small – and made everyone else want to be part of your project! The Charity! Challengers is a charity with an excellent reputation delivering Play and Leisure services to over 1,400 disabled children and young people across the South East. At Challengers, disabled children and young people play, relax, make friends and truly feel that they belong. At the same time, families with disabled children can use these short breaks to pursue ‘ordinary’ activities such as shopping or spending time with their other children. Why Challengers? Recent employees have said: “No two days at Challengers are the same, it is a vibrant and dynamic workplace” “Challengers is the most rewarding, fun and exciting job ever” “Never have I worked at a place that is so positive” Safeguarding Challengers is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across the organisation. This position could be suitable for applicants seeking any of the following positions - Activity Leader, Activity Manager, Scheme Manager, Charity, Special Needs Leader, Teaching Assistant, Activity Instructor, Teacher, Youth Leader, Events Manager, Project Coordinator, Youth and Play Delivery Manager. General Application Pack (4.18 Update).docx
  11. https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/professional-development/online-short-course/ This is an online course which gives a good overview of how to support childrens speech and language needs, including EAL and identifying emerging speech, language and communication needs. It says it takes about half a day but I did it in less...but may depend on the level of prior knowledge. The Communication Trust has a section for EYFS too https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/early-years/ including information about children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs. Their new microsite is also linked to EYFS and ensuring children get the SLC support they deserve http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/early-years-commitment/ "The Early Years Commitment is a simple approach. It starts from wherever you are now and gives you the small steps you need to help you move forward in making communication a real part of your setting's policy and practice, in the way that works best for your setting, your children and their families. " Cx
  12. We have just published an insightful article by Penny Tassoni called 'Reducing Educational Disadvantage'. For those of you familiar with Penny's work you will not be surprised to read the carefully considered points and the practical suggestions aimed at helping children get the best possible start. You can read the article here and comment and ask questions on this thread.
  13. I am trying to find a Safeguarding Audit, and possibly an Inclusion Audit. I cant find where these are. CAn anyone help?
  14. Challengers1979

    Pre-School Worker (Farnham) Wanted!

    Pre-School Worker Farnham Challengers – Farnham GU9 18-21 yrs – £6.71 per hour or 21 yrs + – £7.50 per hour About the Role - Pre-School Worker Challengers Pre-School in Farnham is growing and we are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Pre-School Worker to join the team! We are an inclusive pre-school, taking children from 2-5 years old. We have a 50/50 split between our mainstream and SEN children, which makes us a very unique setting. The successful applicant will be working in an extremely well-facilitated play environment and get experience in a wide variety of roles such as keeping learning journeys up to date, ISP use and small group work. This is a rare opportunity in a progressive and vibrant pre-school! Person Someone with a relevant Level 3 Qualification in Early Years Someone who knows how to play – you will be an active role model of great play to ensure the children have the most exciting day possible! Someone who is prepared to learn – you will attend a range of innovative training courses to improve your understanding Why Challengers? Challengers has recently been awarded an employer’s rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Indeed! Recent employees have said: “No two days at Challengers are the same, it is a vibrant and dynamic workplace” “Challengers is the most rewarding, fun and exciting job ever" “Never have I worked at a place that is so positive” What we offer! Regular FREE training provided NEST Pension Health Care Cash Plan available Free Parking Free DBS Annual leave increases with service This position could be suitable for applicants seeking any of the following positions – Room Leader, Pre-School Assistant, Pre-School, Teaching Assistant, Primary School, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Assistant, Nursery Leader. Please fill in the application form and email it to work@disability-challengers.org. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please get in touch! https://disability-challengers.org/ Application-Form-Pre-School-Worker.docx Pre-school-Worker Job Desc.pdf
  15. Could Short Note be added as an option under the SEN heading?
  16. There are two new blogs that I thought might be helpful to share with practitioners on FSF. The first is about the power that professionals hold in their interactions with parents of children with additional needs and how we can avoid abusing that power. It's something I believe everyone needs to be aware of if they want to work in true partnership with parents and was written from my personal perspective. https://itmustbemum.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/the-imbalance-of-power/ The second is written by another mum and is one that I think could be used to reflect on whether we are always qualified to offer the opinions asked of us. It is crucial that we record observations, rather than assumptions but how far should we go to make the limitations of our knowledge and experience clear when recording those observations? After all, if we aren't trained to see the more subtle signs of anxiety, they won't appear in our observations and that could mean vital evidence is missed in a diagnostic discussion. https://itmustbemum.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/should-ask-teachers-for-an-opinions-on-send/ Feedback, positive or negative, would be very much appreciated.
  17. Hello all, I am writing to ask for some advice, I have been in early years for around 10 years it all began when I completed my BA Hons in early childhood studies, I then had the opportunity to complete my EYPS. In order to do this I got a job in a private day nursery, over time I worked up from a nursery practitioner to the settings early years professional overseeing the EYFS and finally the deputy manager. I felt after a few years I wanted to get back into the rooms working with children and was offered an opportunity to go to a special needs school to be their early years teacher due to holding the EYPS. I have been doing this for the last two months and straight away I felt like I was under qualified and felt like I was so out of my depth. I feel so low and every day I hate going to work, I find it so difficult going from working as a team with qualified nursery practitioners to being the only member of staff knowing the eyfs and how to support the children through planning and observing to being the only person who knows the eyfs and can extend their learning. I feel that I don't get to give the children the right support as I have such a high work load making sure all the children are making progress as their are 60 children (30 am/30pm) with 10 of these working to IEP's and EHA plans. When I have spoken to other staff members I was told I had too high expectations, is this the case or have I fallen into the wrong environment? Any support/help/guidance would be highly appreciated. Thank you from a very confused early years enthusiast!
  18. This is a brilliant explanation of how SEN support in schools (the graduated approach) should be implemented. It's written by a parent whose child (like my own) has been harmed by being left unsupported in school so it is personal for her and it is written with an audience of parents in mind. However, she is a highly skilled communicator and her descriptions of barriers to learning and the assess, plan, do review cycle are really helpful. https://itmustbemum.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/sen-support-in-schools-were-missing-the-point/
  19. I currently give 1:1 support to a child at my setting. Child also attends another SEN setting. Both settings use Tapestry-is it possible to share info, in the same way that parents can log on and view? Not looking to be able to comment on each others obs, just view, for the purposes of sharing useful information and therefore informing future practice for this child?
  20. Hello All, We have recently found out that a child (aged 4) at our setting is colour blind. I would really love to find out about of any activities, support techniques or resources that any of you have used. Thanks in advance, Vicki
  21. Hi, We have a child attending the nursery who has selective mutism. Her key person would like to use a few books with the other children to help them understand why the child doesn't talk to them or interact with them whilst they play. There are a few I have found online but I would really like it if anyone is able to recommend any books they have used in the past. Many thanks Sarah
  22. Hello all, I'm currently in a preschool setting for my Early Years Teacher Training and I'm acting as a Key Person for some children. One child has EAL and I'd like to conduct a communication and language assessment/audit to gauge his levels of development. He's going to school this September and has a rather 'fleeting attention', does anyone have any suggestions for what I could use? Since I'm making a topic, I'm also required to create a resource to support communication and language development. I'm going to try to create something to support the aforementioned EAL child, does anyone have any ideas? What has worked well for you? Thank you in advance!
  23. We have reviewed 'Let's talk behaviour!' by Wendy Usher. You can read our review here. We'd be interested to here what you think! Let me know your thoughts ...
  24. BedfordBoroughDawn

    EYFS Developmental Milestones

    This ebook explains developmental milestones throughout the stages of the EYFS. EYFS-developmental-milestones-eBook.pdf
  25. I came across this article on Twitter - I am glad I did as I learnt so much in the 1/2 hour it took me to read it properly. I am not a SEND specialist but in my career I have worked with children with wide-ranging needs. This research article showed me that sometimes my responses to children 'making a run for it' have not been helpful. I am sure that there are lots of effective strategies for managing this behaviour, but this one made sense to me and was extremely well explained and exemplified. I am going to share this article with colleagues at nursery and see if we can discuss and understand the behaviour management theories shared. It will give us a head start if we need to support a child and their family with a similar issue in the future. Stop the Running - Research article (links via Twitter) Stop the Running article.pdf Have any FSF members had any experience of this?
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