SEND In Early Years Campaigning

As mentioned in our recent Mailout, your Board Members have been fighting for greater support and remuneration for SEND in Early Years, with e-mails going out to many people in positions of power. A member of the Board has thankfully given permission for one of these e-mails to be replicated here to give everyone some idea of a similar message they could write and send on, to amplify the voices being heard. " Dear Sharon, I feel compelled to … [Read more...]

Ofsted Educational Inspection [Slideshow]

As discussed in the recent mail-out, Ofsted are reviewing how they approach Educational Inspections, and their remit surrounding them. You can find the discussed slideshow here, to go alongside the documents linked within the aforementioned e-mail. If you want to provide your voice to the consultation - and we urge everyone possible to do so! - then you can find the consultation here. … [Read more...]

St. Pauls DSL Training

St. Paul's are running a series of slots for Designated Safeguarding Lead Refresher training. These courses fill up fast, so please register your interest as soon as possible to avoid missing out! Details can be found here of dates, times and locations.   … [Read more...]

Measles Outbreak

To make everyone aware, Birmingham is currently experiencing an outbreak of Measles. To date there haveut been 18 confirmed cases. 16 of these have been within the Roma community; B8, B9 and B10 predominantly. There are, however, indications that the virus is moving into the local population. London, Manchester, Leeds and Bristol are also currently suffering from outbreaks, so it is of the utmost importance that you are vigilant for signs and … [Read more...]

Working Together Consultation

A consultation for the areas of Child Safeguarding is currently running through Birmingham City Council. This is an area that affects every provider, and could shape the way the field is handled in the coming years. Of particular interest to the consultation are the following items: the replacement of Local Children Safeguarding Boards (LCSBs) with local safeguarding partners; the establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding … [Read more...]

New Early Years Consultations

Birmingham City Council are looking for views from the sector on two particular areas. To this end, there are a couple of consultations running that the Association urges everyone in the sector to complete, and ensure that their voices are heard. The first is regarding the Strategy for SEND and Inclusion offered by Birmingham City Council. The consultation can be found here. One of the most common complaints we hear within the Association is … [Read more...]

2017 AGM Details

The AGM is rapidly approaching, and we're eager for as many people as possible to join us at this integral meeting. Taking place at The Saffron Centre, 256 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 0BS on Monday 27th March, the event will begin at 6pm with some refreshments courtesy of Go-Serve, before we begin the meeting at 6:30pm.  The agenda is as follows: 1) AGM Business including Chair of the Committee’s Annual Report, and the proposal and … [Read more...]

Update: 30 Hours Focus Groups & More

Now that we have our Funding Rate going ahead for the next few years, it's time for the Association to really turn our full attention to the 30 Hours offering. Focus groups regarding this have begun, and your PVI reps have been in attendance gathering information and direction to feed back. At one of the first groups last week, we were joined by Childcare Works and the DfE, who presented a number of facts and figures to support their argument … [Read more...]

Funding Consultation Response Summary 2017

Hot off the presses, we have now been given the Consultation Response Summary from the recent Early Years Funding Consultation. The big headline is that the Cabinet have approved the new rate of funding for the PVI sector, as of 1st April 2017, to be £4.23 per hour for 3 & 4 year olds, increasing to £4.26 per hour from 1st April 2018, subject to final checks from BCC's legal bodies. Funding for 2 year olds is to remain at £5.24 per … [Read more...]

BCC Funding Consultation 2017 Information

By now you should all have received what we feel is one of the most important consultations BCC have ever requested our input on. It comes as a response to Central Government's allocation of funding under the new National Funding Formula, and BCC have to consult on their proposed funding rates as a result. We know how it feels, "yet another consultation, how many times can they ask us about funding?!". The crux of the matter is that, although … [Read more...]