Virtual School early years

Virtual School early years

In the Worcestershire Virtual School team there are two people supporting children looked after within the early years foundation stage.

In the Worcestershire Virtual School team there are two people supporting Children Looked After (CLA) within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Sara Haigh supports 2, 3 and 4 year olds and deferred school entry children in Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years settings who are looked after both within Worcestershire and those placed out of county.

Becky James supports children in their Reception year in school within Worcestershire and out of county.

All children who are looked after must have a Personal Education Plan (PEP) which is reviewed 3 times a year. The PEP forms part of the child’s statutory Care Plan.

Sara and Becky will facilitate the PEP process and in partnership with early years providers and social workers are responsible for ensuring every Child Looked After has an up to date Personal Education Plan (PEP) which includes individual educational targets set by the child’s setting. 

Sara and Becky will work closely with the Designated Teacher or Practitioner within the setting or school and track progress and monitor the appropriateness of pupil premium usage in relation to impact on outcomes. They also ensure that any barriers to success are challenged, thereby promoting a culture of high aspiration for every individual child in Local Authority care to improve and maximise educational opportunities and outcomes.

We recognise social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is paramount to successful learning for all our EYFS children. Please click on the following link, Our Early Years SEMH offer to see what we can offer schools. Please note some offers may differ depending on whether your school is in or out of county.

Since October 2020 the PEP for 2, 3, and 4 years olds has been done as an electronic form (ePEP) available online through the Welfare Call website via secure access and a password.

Early Years providers will need to complete the EYFS developmental information and child’s voice sections of the ePeP. 

Children who are looked after will be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (3 and 4 year olds) or the Early Years Pupil Premium Plus (reception children in school). This funding should be used to support the outcomes and activities agreed within the PEP.

Children who have been previously looked after (PLAC) but now have an Adoption Order or a Special Guardianship Order or a Child Arrangement Order are also eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium through the funding portal.

Worcestershire Virtual School are extremely excited to share our Early Years Training offer.

This offer is fully funded and available to all Early years practitioners, including: nursery settings, childminders and reception year teaching staff.

We are working in partnership with KCA (Knowledge, Change, Action) to equip our early years settings with their Trauma Informed Attachment Aware practice. The training will enable practitioners to:

  • discover your role in supporting healthy brain development
  • understand how you can support trauma recovery
  • use emotion coaching to promote resilience in your setting

To see all the training available and register to secure your place, visit the KCA Registration Form page.

Please go to the Virtual School Information Library where you will find a wealth of information, guidance and links to websites for Early Years settings, Social Workers and Carers providing you with great ideas to support your child or young person

Adopting PACE in Early Years settings training course

Roots Psychology Group working collaboratively with Worcestershire Virtual School invites you to this unique opportunity to understand and implement trauma-informed practice in Early Years Settings.  

Here are the training videos ‘exploring a trauma-informed approach utilising the PACE model in Early Years settings presented by Dr Ann Laight and Dr Kate Mason’, video 1: Adopting PACE in Early Years Setting  and  video 2: Adopted PACE in Early Years Setting: Therapeutic Parenting

Early years information library

General reading guidance

Guidance on the progress check at age two

The Department for Education (DfE) has published new early years foundation stage (EYFS) guidance to provide support for early years practitioners when completing the progress check at age two.

This non-statutory guidance will help all early years practitioners working with children between the ages of two and three to make an accurate assessment of a child’s development and work closely with parents and other professionals to put in place appropriate support and intervention where it is needed.

New videos on the three literacy resources on the DfE's Help for Early Years Providers online service have now been made available to view. The videos, focusing on reading comprehension, exploring words and writing, complete a suite of videos made available for all areas of learning.

The service aims to support childminders and staff in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings to understand and implement the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) reforms.

The Starting Well Partnership supports families, parents, children and young people across Worcestershire to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. There is advice on parental wellbeing, courses and further learning for parents and carers, a link to ‘Parent Talk’ (Action for Children) and lots more information which you may find helpful.

DfE Development Matters is non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage applicable from September 2021. Development Matters is for all early years practitioners, for childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, and nursery and reception classes in school. Development Matters (GOV.UK)

Birth to 5 Matters will support practitioners in all their statutory responsibilities within the EYFS areas of learning and development and educational programmes, and to help children make progress toward the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Download or buy a copy – Birth To 5 Matters

Learning, Playing and Interacting - Good practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage - This guidance from The National Strategies addresses these questions and clarifies the role of adults who support and enhance young children’s learning.

Help for early years providers - Department for Education - The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has changed. Find guidance and practical support to help you with the changes. These resources are for childminders, nursery leaders and pre-school practitioners.

Birth to three matters, a Strong Child, Me, Myself and I

This focuses on realisation of own individuality including growing awareness of self, realising s/he is separate and different from others, recognising personal characteristics and preferences and finding out what s/he can do.

The reading framework: teaching the foundations of literacy from (GOV.UK)- This guidance from the DfE is for primary schools, ITT partnerships.  It focuses on the early stages of teaching reading and sets out some of the research underpinning the importance of talk, stories, and systemic synthetic phonics (SSP) in the teaching of reading

This set of resource materials from The National Strategies Primary is intended to help practitioners working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, to plan their mathematics provision and help children to secure some of the key mathematical ideas that they will use throughout the rest of their lives.

The Early Childhood Maths Group (ECMG) have produced a new toolkit on spatial reasoning, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Surrey. 

The toolkit is aimed at supporting practitioners with spatial reasoning, as in the new EYFS Mathematical Educational Programme. Following consultation, the toolkit includes videos and posters, as well as a learning trajectory for children from birth to 7. 

The voice of the child 

Reflecting on the recent high-profile child deaths, Emma David outlines why it is important to listen to the voice of the child and how we can do this.

Statutory guidance

30 hours free childcare: LA and early years provider guide (GOV.UK) How local authorities (LAs) and early years settings should provide the entitlement for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.

Support and guidance for carers

A Celebratory Approach to Working with Children with SEND (PDF)
Inclusive practice and effective support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability should underpin all early years approaches to implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (2021). This document has a particular focus on supporting children with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND) and their families. The aim of this document is to provide information, exemplars, and links to relevant tools and/or services that will enhance practitioners’ knowledge and skills when working collaboratively with children with SEND and their families. 

Babies' adventures in Music from YouTube

BBC bitesize have produced resources to support learning at home.

B'Opera makes beautiful music for young ears, through high quality interactive musical experiences for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups.

Collar and Cuffs Co is an award winning inclusive sensory musical theatre.  The resources available are intended to be used by families as positive activities that support mental health and emotional well-being.  As a general rule of thumb, if you like CBeebies’ style of content, then these packs are for you.

Curriculum focused independent learning resource from TTS with over 120 learning activities all planned and prepared. With a combination of independent and collaborative learning activities, the home learning books provide a great opportunity for parents to learn with their children.

Early Arts is an internally acclaimed, award winning training, research and consultancy company to help early educators, cultural leaders, child minders and families develop relational approached to creative play, leadership, teaching and learning.

Early learning and development - Start for Life (NHS) on 15 January the Department for Education (DfE), in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), will launch the Better Health Start for Life 'Little Moments Together' Campaign. The campaign will aim to educate parents and carers about the importance of brain development in the first 5 years of a child's life, and the crucial role they play as parents and carers, with advice and tips available on the Start for Life website.

Early Years Professional Development Programme for support guidance for families whilst developing their 2 to 4 year olds communication skills, a comprehensive set of expert but fun and friendly guides, designed for parents, carers and the whole family.

Education Endowment Foundation has a Blog called Supporting parents to undertake brilliant book talk which gives ideas on how to advise parents on how they can talk to their children about their reading book.

Family corner free online learning for all the family
Parenting young children can be tough at the best of times and during this strange period in our history it can feel even more bewildering and stressful. That's why we are really pleased to be able to offer parents various free online sessions and courses. All  courses are delivered by professional early years experts to help you through this time and to learn more about their children's development, options include Let's Learn Together @ Home, Parent Connect, Let's Get Ready for School.

Feeling Better

A collection of short films from BBC Teach presented by Dr Radha Moghil that explore a whole range of feelings and emotions, as well as providing talking points and tools to feel better.

Hungry Little MInds these resources were commissioned by the Government and are a wealth of ideas and video clips from all ages from 0 to 5 to help children learn.

JABADAO has great ideas to help your baby and your children with their Development Movement Play (DMP).

Little Hands Little Bins for sensory recipes.

Oxford Owl has ideas to show parents how their child will learn to read at school and how they can help at home

Parenting Smart (Place2Be)

The children's mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children.  Advice can be found on over forty topics including: Understanding sibling rivalry, My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?, My child has trouble going to sleep, My child says ‘I hate you!’, Cultural identity: who am I?

Second Hand Dance is a UK based Dance company that makes highly visual performances for children and adults .  The Night Tree Films are suitable for ages 3-7.  

Solihull Approach - FREE online parenting courses
The Solihull Approach online parenting courses are a series of NICE approved resources for parents and carers who want to learn more about sensitive and effective parenting and building a positive relationship with their child. Parents are also helped to understand how they can influence their relationship with their child through play.

Spark Arts bring you a collection of creative resources and imaginative activities for families at home and schools. The site also includes resources for early years.

TailfeatherTV: *About TailfeatherTV* - YouTube is an exciting new You Tube channel for babies, toddlers and very young children with and without additional needs

Talent 25 is a long-term action research programme stretching over 25 years.  Babies should be aged between 3 and 12 months and families need to be living in certain areas of Leicester.

What to expect in the EYFS (PDF)
This guide is for parents and carers of children from birth to five years old. It will help you find out more about your child’s learning and development in the EYFS.

Teaching resources

Digiduck Stories (Childnet)

The five stories in the Digiduck series were created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3–7 about online safety. The collection includes eBooks, PDFs, a poster and an interactive app.

As well as the books, there is a Digiduck Activity Menu for educators, that can be found here: Digiduck Stories | Childnet

Potty training package for early years settings

ERIC's Potty Training Package. Our user friendly resource has been designed by continence experts to enable nurseries and early years settings deliver best practice and supportive toilet training. ERIC Potty Training Package for Early Years settings.

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