Cumberland Council sent this bulletin at 21-06-2023 11:54 AM BST
Summer Reading Challenge 2023
Cumbria has enjoyed huge success in the Summer Reading Challenge in recent years. Such opportunities are highlighted by the EEF as a valuable experience for all children, and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The theme for 2023 is Ready, Set, Read! It’s about getting into reading, getting active and enjoying a whole new reading challenge this summer!
This annual national event, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11yrs (there is also a mini challenge so younger siblings 0-3yrs don’t miss out!) to set themselves a reading challenge through the summer holidays. A promotional video from The Reading Agency about this year’s theme can be found at:
Childminder Mentor Programme
The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a programme of support for childminders across England, from May 2023 until July 2024. The Childminder mentor programme is focused on supporting childminders to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youngest and most disadvantaged children.
By joining this programme, you will receive support from experienced early years practitioners who have at least three years' experience as a childminder or supporting childminders, in the roles of Area Lead and Mentor.
The support is free and available across England.
Please follow this link for further information and to apply.
COVID-19 Recovery Childminders | Hempsalls
Resources for Early Years Sector about eco education
Steps towards a better climate future globally:
Information all education settings: guidance on government single-use plastics ban
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on the single-use plastics ban for a range of cutlery items, which will be enforced from October 2023.
This includes details on how to prepare for the ban and the list of items included.
EYFS consultation event with the DfE
The Early years Alliance are running an event with Sarah Pinder, Early Years Foundation Stage policy team leader at the Department for Education to provide information on the DfE consultation on the EYFS which is running until 26th July 2023. This will provide opportunities to ask questions and understand how to engage in the consultation process
Dates and times: 6 July 2023, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Prices: No charge
Venue: Alliance Connect - online
EYA Portal > Online training and networking > Event details (eyalliance.org.uk)