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Early Years Foundation Stage Team
Inspiring a Confident, Aspirational, Nurturing Early Years Workforce
The Early Years Service offers training, support, and resources to home and group based early years settings and schools. We work in partnership with the diverse early years sector and other early childhood partners, including Health Visitors, Social Care and Children’s Centre Services, to achieve the best outcomes for all children.

Our key focus is to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged children. We will do this by working in partnership to support early years colleagues to identify potentially vulnerable children within the cohort; track and monitor progress; identify appropriate evidence based interventions; be clear about the difference they are making and show the impact on children’s progress which will enable them to catch up quickly with their peers. Most importantly we will encourage and support colleagues to work in partnership with parents/carers to support their child’s learning and development at home.
We work from the evidence base that high quality early childhood education and care makes a difference to children’s life chances and that all children are entitled to this level of quality.

Our vision is to help facilitate strong peer networks where practitioners can learn from each other, to provide a steer to the sector in times of change and to support busy colleagues to reach and maintain high standards by providing resources and continuing professional development opportunities that support reflective practice. We will do this by: responding to local needs through an analysis of the Early Years Profile data set, supporting new practitioners to get off to a good start and listening to feedback and requests from practitioners, leaders and managers.

We offer a full range of continuing professional development opportunities which are available to view and book on The Hub, an open online communication platform. Settings may wish to purchase a premium membership package which entitles them to substantial discounts as well as a range of other benefits.

If you are a practitioner who is working with children outside of the Bath and North East Somerset area and wish to access our training then please contact the Early Years Service by email for further information: early_years@bathnes.gov.uk


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27 Feb
EYFS - Visit a Reception Classroom in action ! (AM - February 2018)
The visit aims to give you the opportunity to see an effective Early Years classroom in action. You will be able to • Observe how the children engage with their environment and the stimulating resources available. • Learn about the impact of an ‘enabling environment’ and how it can support the children’s levels of motivation, independence and learning. Including their sense of self within a busy classroom. • Consider how we ensure children feel safe and secure, how we plan ways for the children to apply a range of skills to support their learning through play and adult led tasks. • See a range of resources, learning and play environments, including an exciting outside area • There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas as the class teacher will be leading the visit All early years practitioners or governors wishing to gain a greater understanding of the Reception classroom and curriculum, and/or for those who want to enhance their classroom environment, both inside and out.
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27 Feb
Informative Feedback [2018 Writing Project]
Delegates will look at feedback theory and systems and evaluate them to determine which ones provide the greatest benefit for their circumstances and teaching style. We will use examples of feedback to explore how children can best make use of the information provided and what are the most efficient ways of giving effective feedback. Please can delegates bring with them a few English books (writing and/or grammar) for use in a discussion about feedback and marking.
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27 Feb
Loss & Bereavement - Supporting Children and Young People
This session will increase staff confidence to support pupils and other staff through this difficult period.