• Bruising and injuries in non-mobile children

    The Devon Safeguarding Children Board published three Serious Case Reviews (SCR) last year that related to injuries to non-mobile babies. Please disseminate this ‘Bruising and injuries in non-mobile children’ poster across your organisation. Please display the poster in offices/staff rooms and where appropriate as a reminder to staff about what to do if they observe Continue reading →

  • Lump Sum Funding for Early Years Professional Leads (PVI Providers)

    The Early Years and Childcare Service are consulting on the Early Years Funding in May, therefore any new applications for the £2,000 lump sum funding will not be accepted. This funding is currently used as a salary enhancement for qualified Early Years Teachers / Early Years Professionals within the Private, Voluntary and Independent sector and Continue reading →

  • Early Years Provider Funding Consultation Events

    The Early Years and Childcare Service are reviewing the early years supplements for three- and four- year old funding and early years SEN support funding available for children in Devon. The Early Years and Childcare Service have shared proposals with the Early Years Task Group (which has representation from all sectors) and would now like to consult Continue reading →

  • Childcare Works 30 hour LED events

    Childcare Works has created a special programme of LED events for providers focusing on 30-hours. This will include presentations by Early Implementers and/or Early Roll Out local authorities. We hope this will provide you with the opportunity to learn from their experiences, challenges and solutions. This event is planned for 11th May at Taunton – Please Continue reading →

  • Extended Entitlement (30 hours free childcare): Operational Guidance

    The Department for Education have published guidance on how local authorities (LA) and early years settings should provide the entitlement for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Early Years Entitlements: Operational Guidance The guide sets out: what LAs should do to fulfil their statutory responsibilities what early years settings should do to fulfil their agreement with the LA Continue reading →

  • Tax-Free Childcare launches for children under four

    Working parents can now start applying for two new government childcare schemes launching this year – Tax-Free Childcare which begins immediately and 30 hours free childcare which starts in September. The Childcare Choices website provides information on the government’s childcare schemes and explains how parents can pre-register or apply.

  • Early Years Business Sustainability

    The Department for Education have put together advice, examples and resources to help early years providers run a sustainable childcare business.

  • Annual Safeguarding Audit

    This is a reminder that if you have not already returned your  Annual Safeguarding Audit  it is due to be returned by: Friday 28th  April  2017. Complete the Annual Safeguarding Self Audit This year the audit is confidence based. The purpose is to have true and honest reflections from both managers and staff on their knowledge of safeguarding. This will Continue reading →

  • New supervision toolkit

    The Early Years and Childcare Service have developed a supervision toolkit to support you to manage your staff teams. The toolkit contains guidance for supervision, templates for action plans, personal development plans, and much more. You can find the toolkit on the Staffing Matters webpage.