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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.

If you would like to receive these EYFS newsletters, please subscribe. We will only use your email for this eBulletin. You can also manage your subscription at any time. Essex County Council fully complies with information legislation. For full details on how we use personal information visit our privacy notice pages. If you would like a copy, contact or call 0345 743 0430. 

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
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.


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.