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Maths champions is a programme developed by NDNA which aims to improve the maths skills of children in early years settings by training ‘maths champions’ within nurseries.

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is inviting applications from early years’ providers to take part in a research trial to evaluate the maths champions programme. The maths champion should be a senior member who is responsible for the quality of maths provision.

Please see information sheet below for further details.

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Early years SENCo briefings with a behaviour focus are planned for Friday 25 October 2019 at Sans Souci. School and setting leads or SENCos are invited to attend. There is a subsidised charge of £20 with booking via

Early years leads’ network meetings are planned for Wednesday 11 December 2019 (9am-noon) or Thursday 12 December 2019 (1pm-4pm) at Sans Souci (£70).

We hope to know more about the proposed new early learning goals and future profile arrangements by these dates. The current EYFSP remains statutory for this year. Schools are invited to opt in to early years visits with a proposed personal development and behaviours focus for 2019/20. Further information is available on the solgrid early years and childcare website and solgrid extranet.

We are inviting schools to ‘opt-in’ to a visit by contacting early years enquiries. Once the school is allocated an early years adviser that adviser will contact the school to arrange a suitable date and agenda.

The visit will encompass all of the EYFS provision under the school’s Ofsted registration and may include a discussion with the EYFS lead and the extended services leads.

Further information is included in the attached letter.

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The Dyspraxia Foundation West Midlands is running a course for teachers, TAs and other professionals working in schools on Monday 7 October 2019, 7-9pm at the Renewal Family Centre in Solihull. The evening will feature talks from:

  • Sally Payne, Occupational Therapist and Trustee of the Foundation
  • Jo Shilton and Jo Walker from the Specialist Inclusion and Support Service (SISS) in Solihull
  • Lorraine Mattocks, Parent Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation West Midlands team and parent of a son with dyspraxia.

There will also be contributions from Tim Trivizas and Imogen Rowe, Youth Champions of the Dyspraxia Foundation.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and to meet other professionals working in education.

Tickets cost £7 for members and £15 for non-members. Please email Helen or Imogen Rowe on for more details or to reserve a place.

Solihull Family Centre, Christian Renewal Centre, Vulcan Road, Solihull, B91 2JY

Talk for reading focuses on the way that children’s talk underpins the development of their reading (and writing).

We will look at:

The development of talk; the crucial role of serve and return conversations; building firm foundations in communication and language to support reading.

Research findings related to language and early reading – what are the implications for learning and teaching, looking at the proposed revisions to the EYFS?

Ask the question “When does talk turn into reading?”

Please see flier below for more details.