Early Years

In 2020-21 Early Years providers and schools with and Early Years Foundation Stage are developing staff through a range of programmes:

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Nominated staff in Early Years receive funded training to become Mental Health First Aiders enabling them to support colleagues to maintain good mental health.

In 2021 trained mental health first aiders are creating a support network to share good practice.

Early Years settings can also apply for funding to support staff through an Employee Assistance Programme

Developing early speech and language and addressing children’s communication needs is a key target to enable children in Ipswich to reach a good level of development and make the best staff at school. Early Years practitioners have been funded to complete Elklan level 3 and 4, with many settings achieving Communication Friendly status. All schools and settings in Ipswich can also take advantage of a free WellComm toolkit and training.

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All Early Years schools and settings in Ipswich can access training, resources and support from Highfield Nursery in Ipswich to use their Resilience Tracker, a tool to help practitioners track the development of children’s emotional resilience. Opportunity Area funding has also enabled settings to implement the Thrive programme and receive support from the Youth Sports Trust.

From January 2021 settings have been offered funding to help develop their families with young children to cope with the challenges of Covid-19 restrictions, and help give their children the best possible start.

The latest offers for Early Years providers can be found here: