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EYFS newsletter archive

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Practitioner Newsletter is published each month. It contains information for early years and childcare providers, including childminders, on topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Funding
  • Safeguarding
  • The EYFS
  • Training and qualifications
  • Getting started
  • Running your business
  • Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion.

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Do you have any good news stories or best practice examples to share in relation to the topics above? If so, please email We'd love to hear from you.

We will provide up to three terms of back issues on this page in the tables below as they become available. The links open in new windows.

Summer term 2020

12 April to August 2020

Issue Topics covered
July 2020 Welcome; It's back with more dates... are you prepared for when the children return?; Introduction to adverse childhood experiences early trauma online learning; Recruiting? Find the right person today with this offer; New safeguarding webinars for you; Introduction to supporting children with physical and neurological impairment (PNI); September transitions; How are you taking care of your emotional system?; COVID-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.
June 2020 Welcome; What does mindfulness mean in the early years; Early Years Autism Education Trust: making sense of autism; Whoever you're looking for, we can help; An introduction to early years yoga; One Planning training; Physical and neurological impairment and preschool settings; If I go to the dentist what will I see?; Training opportunities; COVID-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.
May 2020


Welcome; Helping you prepare for when children return; Essex Safeguarding Children Board Covid-19 resource hub; Education Essex have brand new online webinar courses for you... be the first to book; Abacus Kindergarten - tips to help while at home; Grow your early years setting with an ACL apprenticeship; What safeguarding training level do your staff need?; Training opportunities; Covid-19 early years and childcare email communications; Archive. 

Spring term 2020

January to 3 April 2020

Issue Topics covered
February 2020 Welcome; Coronavirus - advice from the DfE, for all early years providers, schools and further education providers; Five top tips for recruiting; EYFS safeguarding forum; Early years foundation stage (EYFS) moderation training; Rochford district childminders - a story of good practice; Free oral health training from Community Dental Services; Training opportunities; EYFS conferences - postponed; Archive.
January 2020 Welcome; Mental health and wellbeing in the early years conference discount ends soon; Safeguarding training; Confirmation of new FEEE funding rates from 1 April 2020; Intent, implement and impact (the three I's); Parenting together support programme; Additional training dates added; National Young Carers in Schools Award; Certificate for SENCOs in Early Years (PVI) (CERTSEY); Funding information; Education Inspection Framework roadshows; Training opportunities; Save the date EYFS conferences.


Autumn term 2019

September to December 2019

Issue Topics covered
December 2019 Welcome; eSafety training discount offer ends soon!; Autism-friendly Christmas; A forensic approach to supervisions and appraisals; Sleep routine from Essex childminder; The role of the ENCO for childminders; Toilet training advice for parents; Potential training venues; Training opportunities; Does this newsletter work for you?; Archive.
November 2019 Welcome; Does this newsletter work for you?; Mental health and wellbeing in the early years conference; Early years recruitment service; Introducing the new Essex County Council SEND teams for families; Home learning environment; Friendship video from Talk, Listen, Cuddle; Celebrating childminding with Kayte Cooling-Smith; Electronic course packs; Training opportunities; Archive.
October 2019 Welcome; Does this newsletter work for you?; eSafety in the early years training event; Revised SET child protection procedures; Inspections trends from the new Ofsted framework; Update on cultural capital; Essex Teaching Awards nominations open until 3 November 2019; Effective interaction in the early years training; A new support programme for parents; Music and rhyme competition winner; Training opportunities; Archive.
September 2019 Welcome; SEND Local Area Review; Business support events for early years and childcare settings; Celebrate Friendship Friday with Kidscape and Elmer; Last chance to enter our music and rhyme competition; Are you offering your families tax-free childcare?; An effective room leader; Know your children and families; Brexit preparation; Inspiring practice case studies (equality and inclusion); Essex SAfeguarding Children's Board (ESCB) learning and development opportunities; Training opportunities; Archive.

Summer term 2019

April to August 2019

Issue Topics covered
August 2019 Welcome; Building tomorrow's childcare, capital opportunities available; Early years children in care; Does your setting comply with GDPR?; New Ofsted Education Inspection Framework September 2019; Competition! How does your setting create the wow factor with music and rhyme?; Help Essex County Council reach out to parents; Islands of intimacy (supporting babies and young children); Training opportunities; Archive.
July 2019 Welcome; Hungry Little Minds; Building tomorrow's childcare; Whizz Kids encouraging speech and language; Early years mental health: the role of the early years practitioner; Essex Teaching Awards; Cultural capital; Bookstart news; Competitor analysis; Teaching online safety guidance; Training opportunities; Archive.
June 2019 Welcome; Keeping our children safe! Private fostering awareness; Coming soon! Online shop; Successful partnership working aids children's transition to school; Revised SET child protection procedures; Summer Reading Challenge 2019: Launch at Cressing Temple Barns; Brexit: things your childcare business may need to know; 'Specialist hoists and their associated slings' audit; Speech, language and communication; Open University free courses; Training opportunities; Archive now available. 
May 2019 Welcome; Help us to shape our new online booking system; Colchester Zoo Special Senses Day; Transition; Brexit - things your childcare business may need to know; Useful links about mental health in the early years; Leadership and management tool - wheel of life; POET: Share your views of EHCP and SEN support.
April 2019 Welcome; New website for early years practitioners; Developing a strategy for SEND in Essex; Starting school bag and dual language books; Measles outbreak; EYFS conferences - March 2019; Successful transitions for children with English as an additional language; Training opportunities.