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Information & Childcare Team
The Information & Childcare Team offer advice and support to practitioners, parents and carers on the many issues surrounding childcare and Early Years across Warrington. The team consists of;

Early Years Quality Support Officers and Early Help Team Leaders - They lead on the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) support to childcare providers and promote high quality provision across the borough by supporting providers with their quality, business and training needs.

Early Years Childcare Development Officers - Support childminders and out of school providers, as well as providing a comprehensive CPD programme.

Early Education Funding (EEF)

Early Education Funding funding is available to all 3 and 4 year olds and limited funding for some 2 year olds in the Warrington area. The funding enables children to access up to 15 hours per week of high quality early education, at a pre-school playgroup, private day nursery, maintained nursery class/school or childminder. For more detailed information contact the Early Education Funding Team

Contact any member of the Information & Childcare Team for more information at childcaretraining@warrington.gov.uk or view the courses through this website.
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Warrington's Early Help Evidence-Based Parenting Offer
16 Jul
Dear Colleagues, Please find attached the updated Warrington’s Early Help Evidence-Based Parenting Offer and Planner for September 2018 to July 2019. All referrals will be screened and allocated to a waiting list and referrers will be notified of which programme the family have been placed on. Closer to the start date of the course, Parenting Co-Ordinators will contact referrers and confirm ability of parent to attend (time, day and venue). A home visit will then be completed to determine course readiness and referrers will be notified of outcome. If you have any queries in regards to making a referral or an update on any referral made, please do not hesitate to contact the parenting co-ordinators on the numbers below. Thank you. Kind regards, Louise Donaldson Suzanne Clements Parenting Co-Ordinator Parenting Co-Ordinator Complex Families Complex Families Early Help Division Early Help Division Families and Wellbeing Directorate Families and Wellbeing Directorate Warrington Borough Council Warrington Borough Council 2nd Floor 2nd Floor New Town House New Town House Buttermarket Street Buttermarket Street Warrington Warrington WA1 2NH WA1 2NH Office: 01925 444266 Office: 01925 442894 Mobile: 07815 590130 Mobile: 07976 682670
Summer Fest 2018
06 Jul
Need to entertain the kids this summer? Find out about fun activities, summer camps, youth activities, sports clubs plus information on childcare and much more on the My Life Warrington website www.mylifewarrington.co.uk There is a variety of activities and entertainment happening across the borough so there is no chance of the kids getting bored this summer! Including summer clubs in our neighbourhoods giving children the chance to enjoy a healthy meal and get active. Take a look at what's going on and get some date in your diary. The great thing is some of them are free.
Summer Fun for families in the Neighbourhoods
06 Jul
Neighbourhoods in Warrington are running a Warrington Summer club with free* activities and fun for families over the school holidays including games, crafts and healthy living. All children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Refreshments (breakfast, lunch and/or snacks) will be provided. *Activities are free unless stated otherwise. Booking is advised but not essential.
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Training & Events

15 Sep
Safeguarding for Designated Lead Officers
• Identifying and responding to the signs and symptoms of different types of abuse • Record keeping, referral processes and information sharing • Safer recruitment strategies and processes • Effective supervision and monitoring staff behaviours • Managing allegations and the role of the LADO • The Early Help Offer • The Role of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
17 Sep
Childminder induction course September 2018 evening
The course covers preparing for registration, meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, providing a safe and healthy environment for children, keeping children safe, providing play and observation, assessment and planning, managing children's behaviour, working with parents, equal opportunities and inclusion, setting up a childminding business. We will be working from the following documents which are included in the attachments on this page: EYFS Statutory Framework 2017, Development Matters and Early Years Outcomes. Please bring a copy of these documents along with you to the induction sessions.
18 Sep
Paediatric First Aid
The course is focussed on first aid for children. It will update on relevant changes in procedure. Includes planning for, dealing with and the recording of emergencies involving babies and children. This course also includes basic AED awareness.
18 Sep
Out of School Network meeting
Agenda items will include: - Latest Ofsted inspection updates - Safeguarding updates - Talking Point! - TBC - Training and staff development
19 Sep
Early Help Multi-Agency Training: TAF Meeting
Aims of the Workshop To enable practitioners to explain the benefits of a TAF meeting to families. To discuss the role of the chair (lead practitioner) in TAF meetings. To develop confidence and competence in practitioners to enable them to chair effective TAFs.