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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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Early Years resources when supporting a child with SEND / Developmental Delay
26 Nov
A variety of documents have now been sent out to all providers that should be used in early years settings when supporting a child with SEND/developmental delay. We have held 6 SENCO networks over the last 6 weeks to share the documents, explain in further detail and gain your feedback. If you have not been able to attend any of the networks please call Danielle Cartwright, Area SENCO, on 01925 443258 or email dcartwright@warrington.gov.uk All of the documents are available to view in the Resources section and these include Personal Plans from the LA and from Sandy lane. We will be gaining feedback on these particular documents over the next 3 months on which you prefer to use and will amend accordingly in April 2019. Please ensure you are using the personal plans as working documents – personal plans should be carried out each time the child is in nursery and notes added each time, this will evidence any impact. As discussed in the networks, from February we will be piloting SENCO surgeries and telephone mornings on various days. Further guidance on how to book will be sent out in January, however, so you can 'save the date' in your diary, please find the dates below; SENCO surgeries: 8th February 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre 19th February 12-4pm Orford Youth Base 4th March 12-4pm Great Sankey Children’s Centre 21st March 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre 5th April 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre 16th April 12-4pm Orford Youth Base 29th April 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre Telephone mornings: 5th February 8am-12 11th February 12-4pm 21st February 8am-12 1st March 8am-12 7th March 8am-12 15th March 8am-12 19th March 12-4pm 25th March 8am-12 2nd April 8am-12 8th April 12-4pm 18th April 8am-12 26th April 8am-12 We will be piloting the surgeries and telephone mornings for 3 months, we can then gain your feedback. Please note as stated in the graduated approach guidance the telephone mornings will be around general advice and the surgeries will be about an individual child – therefore a MARS will need to be completed. Could you please ensure this information has been shared with the SENCO and all staff are aware of the documents to use in their practice. The documents available in the resource section are version 1, we will be gaining feedback and amending if necessary over the next 6 months. The documents will also be added to Ask Ollie as soon as we are able too.
Apply for Magic Breakfast Provision in School based provision
02 Nov
Apply for Magic Breakfast provision - https://www.magicbreakfast.com/apply-for-magic-breakfast-provision The Government's National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is being delivered by Family Action and Magic Breakfast to schools in disadvantaged areas of England. Funding is available to start or improve breakfast provision in over 1,770 schools on a first come, first served basis. We recommend applying for support as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Most eligible schools will be offered: • A start up grant of up to £500 for essential resources (such as fridges, toasters or freezers) • Free food delivered to the door (weekly or fortnightly), comprising healthy cereal, porridge and bagels • Expert support from a dedicated member of NSBP staff, advice, resources, local best practice events Thousands more children across the country are now getting a healthy and nutritious start to the day at a new or improved school breakfast club, the Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced today. (2nd November) The figures, published by Family Action, follow the investment of up to £26 million announced by the Education Secretary in March for two leading charities to run clubs to improve breakfast for pupils in more than 1,700 schools by 2020. Since March, 500 schools have already signed up to the National School Breakfast Programme delivered by Family Action – in partnership with Magic Breakfast. Under this programme, Family Action has reported that: 15,000 breakfasts are already being served every day to children – many from disadvantaged families; and 500 new or improved breakfast clubs have signed up to the programme – with more than 150 already up and running in schools. This programme is focused on the most disadvantaged parts of the country, including the government’s 12 Opportunity Areas – which are receiving a share of £72 million to help raise education standards in areas where children face greater challenges. The government is now encouraging more schools in disadvantaged areas to join the breakfast clubs programme. Research from the Education Endowment Foundation shows that breakfast clubs that offer pupils in primary schools a free and nutritious meal before school can boost their reading, writing and maths results. As well as providing a nutritious meal, many clubs offer children the chance to be more active and provide extra-curricular activities such as extra reading sessions to improve their learning. Following the success of the programme to date, which is funded by the soft drinks industry levy, the government is working with the charities to encourage more schools and organisations to provide breakfast. It is part of a wider drive to help children lead healthier lives and support the country’s most disadvantaged families. Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi said: We want every child to have the best possible start in life, and that means getting the best possible start to their day. It’s fantastic to see the positive effect that new breakfast clubs are having right across the country – particularly in our most disadvantaged areas. We have already made strides in our attempts to help every child reach their potential, with 300,000 fewer children living in absolute poverty in this country and the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils reduced by 10 per cent, but we know there is more to do. That’s why I want to encourage schools to take part in this rewarding programme that is already providing a boost in so many of our classrooms. Family Action and Magic Breakfast are already working with the government to help encourage more children to attend the clubs by asking schools to collaborate and share best practice. This includes £2 million for projects to encourage children to eat a healthy breakfast, and improve the way that schools share best practice. Today’s announcement builds on Family Action’s extensive range of family and school support services nationwide, and Magic Breakfast’s previous partnership with the Department for Education – establishing breakfast provision in 183 schools from 2014 to 2016. David Holmes, CBE, Chief Executive of Family Action said: Family Action is delighted to be leading the delivery of the National School Breakfast Programme in partnership with Magic Breakfast. This is a huge opportunity to make a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of children. The progress of the programme so far has been amazing and we are so impressed with the enthusiasm of schools to take part and their eagerness to engage with our dedicated team. We want to ensure we help as many children as possible start the day with a healthy breakfast and ready to learn, We are encouraging all eligible schools to get in touch with us as soon as possible so you can become part of the programme too. Carmel McConnell, MBE, Founder of Magic Breakfast said: We are really happy to work alongside Family Action and the DfE to welcome so many fantastic schools to the National School Breakfast Programme. Each school is receiving the tried and tested Magic Breakfast model of support, which we know boosts educational outcomes, and we are really keen to reach all eligible schools. Schools tell us that the most important lessons are taught in the morning, so we are delighted that so many more children who may not have access to food at home can now eat a healthy breakfast at school to give them the energy and focus they need to be able to learn. The National School Breakfast Programme is part of the government’s drive to support an active and healthy childhood. It builds on the recent doubling of the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million a year to improve PE and sport in schools, alongside the £100 million Healthy Pupils Capital Fund to improve school facilities that help young people live healthier lifestyles. Today’s announcement, and the investment of up to £26 million in breakfast clubs, builds on the Government’s support for the most disadvantaged families, including £2 million invested in summer 2018 to pilot ways to ensure children get continued access to healthy meals and activities during the holidays.
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
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Training & Events

16 Feb
Sensory Integration (SI) Training
The aim of the course is to provide attendees with an introduction to Sensory Integration and how difficulties can affect a child's ability to successfully access learning, play and social situations.
21 Feb
Early Years SENCO Telephone Mornings
As detailed in the Graduated Approach Documentation; these SENCO Telephone appointments are for the Area SENCO to offer general advice and guidance on anything concerning the SEND agenda. This is not an opportunity to discuss individual children.
25 Feb
Sensory Integration (SI) Training
The aim of the course is to provide attendees with an introduction to Sensory Integration and how difficulties can affect a child's ability to successfully access learning, play and social situations.
26 Feb
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.
27 Feb
Early Years Quality Network - Spring 2019 AM
Full details to be advised.
27 Feb
Early Years Quality Network - Spring 2019 PM
Full details to be advised
27 Feb
Safeguarding Basic Awareness
By the end of the training participants will be able to:- • Identify their safeguarding role • Understand the legal/historical context related to safeguarding children • Explain what is meant by safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people • Define abuse and neglect • Know what to do if they are worried about a child/young person, including how to make a referral • Identify safer caring practices