Early Years and Childcare Service

The Early Years and Childcare Service has responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years, childcare and children centre provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. For more information on the services provided please access our website pages below:







What's new?
  • Designated Officers Child Protection Refresher Training 23 Oct, Bideford - places available

Refresher courses are for those delegates who have already undertaken the DSCB Group 3 Child Protection course and need to update their knowledge. Places are available for the next course running on 23 Oct in Bideford. For more information and to book your place visit the CPD Online training website.

  • Paediatric First Aid Training

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that, from 1 Sept 2014, it is no longer a requirement for practitioners to attend Paediatric First Aid training that is approved by the Local Authority. The new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), effective from 1 Sept 2014, states: 3.25 Paediatric First Aid training must be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies. Providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a member of a trade body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every three years.

  • New SEND Code of Practice

The new SEND Code has now been approved by the Parliament and will come into force on the 1 September 2014. The code covers the 0-25 age and sets out the statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures for all organisations who work with and support children and young people with special education needs and disabilities.

For further resources, including a guide to the Special Educational Needs & Disability reforms for those working in early years visit the Foundation Years website.

  • Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) briefings

The document below contains a list of the questions with answers from the recent briefing sessions held for Early Years and Childcare providers across Devon.

  • Safeguarding training

Providers must attend safeguarding training that is approved by the DSCB.

If you are the Designated Safeguarding Officer or Deputy in your setting you will need to undertake the DSCB Group 3 Inter-agency Child Protection training (e-learning followed by a one day taught course). Within three years you will need to refresh your training by attending the Designated Officers Child Protection Refresher training (one day taught course delivered by the Early Years Team). Both courses are fully funded.  To book or for full details please visit CPD online.

  • Have Your Say on Two Year Olds: the TACTYC Workforce and Quality Survey

The ‘Workforce and Quality for Two Year Olds’ survey is being launched this week as part of a research study funded by TACTYC and being carried out by the Universities of Plymouth and Oxford. The overall study aims to inform the roll-out of the early education programme for two year olds. Through the online survey, we want to find out who is working with two year olds: what are their qualifications and experience, how well prepared do they feel to meet the needs of two year olds and their families, and what additional support is needed?
If you are a practitioner, leader or manager of a setting or school providing for two year olds (whether or not you offer funded places) you can find the survey here.

  • Job Vacancy Service update

There is now a charge of £20 to place your early years and childcare vacancy. Please read the job vacancy service document for more information.

  • Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The September 2014 version of the EYFS is available on the 'Foundation Years' website. This version replaces the version published in September 2012. There is also a document available which clarifies some of the requirements.

  • 2gether Eligibility Extended

The Government is planning to extend the eligibility criteria for free childcare for 2 year olds, in Devon known as 2gether, with effect from 1 September 2014 and we are looking to see if all or some of that can be introduced earlier. As a first step with immediate effect Devon’s Looked After Children, those that have left care through special guardianship or through adoption or residence order, are eligible. For full details visit the DISC website.

  • Safer Recruitment training

The Early Years & Childcare Service have announced dates for this short taught course. For more information and to book please visit the training website.

  • Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

For all the latest information on EYTS please visit our training pages.

Contact Us

Early Years and Childcare Service
Room 170, County Hall
Topsham Road

Tel: 01392 385530

Key Publications / Downloads

DISC SureStart Children's Centres