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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.

Spring term 2021

January 2021 to March 2021

Issue Topics covered
February 2021 Welcome; 'Early years mental health' virtual training day; Spring term safeguarding forum; Early Years SEND Funding training; Essex Plastic Pledge school grant application; Free Business Management Termly Update; Autism Course for parents/carers; Recognising the signs of hearing loss; Committee Forum for preschool committee members and managers; Taste Safe sensory play; Online training opportunities; Archive.
January 2021 Welcome; Do you have good understanding of the different types of abuse?; Supporting children learning English as an additional language webinar; Winter Warmers; Essex Teaching Awards; Youth Mental Health Awareness; Cloth Nappies Libraries; Early Speech, Language and Communication awareness training; The Winter Reading Challenge; Online Safeguarding in Early Years: Keeping young children safe online; Covid-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.

Autumn term 2020

September 2020 to December 2020

Issue Topics covered
December 2020 Welcome; Looking to learn something new in the new year?; Rest & regulate; Youth mental health awareness; Home corners; Early years and education work-based learning opportunities; Business management termly update sessions; Help get free books to Essex children?; What is the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (SCB)?; Covid-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.
November 2020 Welcome; Our Education Essex catalogue is now online!; One month's free recruitment and tips on effective online recruitment; Youth mental health awareness; Connection calms; More from safeguarding; Outdoor play for young children; Supporting children learning English as an additional language webinar; Covid-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.
October 2020 Welcome; Safeguarding update; Explore the theory and principles of mindfulness in the early years; Supporting children learning English as an additional language; How you can support parents to deliver outstanding home learning opportunities; Playful adults in the early years; Treat online safety the same as road safety; Role of the mental health practitioner; Early years SEND funding for managers; SENCOs of PVI settings and childminders; Business management termly update; Covid-19 Early Years and Childcare communications; Archive.
September 2020 Welcome; Role of the mental health practitioner; Training available this autumn term; What level of safeguarding training do you need?; Autism Education Trust; EYFS safeguarding forum now virtual; Trauma perceptive practice (TPP); COVID-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.

Summer term 2020

12 April to August 2020

Issue Topics covered
August 2020 Welcome; Do our courses meet your needs?; How to engage parents in home learning; EYFS Safeguarding Forum rescheduled; Creating the wow factor through information and communication technology (ICT); Have you completed your safeguarding training?; Supporting children learning English as an additional language webinar; Online safety; Talk, Listen and Cuddle new website; Play in the new future; COVID-19 Early Years and Childcare email communications; Archive.
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.