• Accessing the Childcare Service

    Here is a guide to how parents who have applied for the extended entitlement already, can access the childcare service – and get their eligibility code.

  • Early Education use and child outcomes up to age 3

    The Department for Education have published research into the links between early childhood education and outcomes at age 3 as part of the study of early education and development (SEED). Early Education use and child outcomes up to age 3

  • Local Montessori School gains Accreditation

    The Little Children’s House (Montessori childminding) in South Brent has gained accreditation under the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) scheme. The scheme offers support and guidance to Montessori schools in order to ensure that their Montessori provision is of a high quality. The scheme, which includes two visits by MEAB assessors to the setting, also seeks to Continue reading →

  • Parental Responsibility Guidance

    The Department for Education have produced guidance for dealing with adults who have legal rights and responsibilities for children. This is a really helpful document, that we would like to draw your attention to as we have recently had several enquiries regarding parental responsibility. Guidance: Understanding and dealing with issues relating to parental responsibility This Continue reading →

  • HMRC update: Extended Entitlement for 4 year olds

    When parents of 4 year olds apply through the Childcare Service for the extended entitlement, they will be asked to complete a form. Here is the message that parents see when making an application: Extended Entitlement for 4 year olds – message for parents

  • New Operational Guidance for providing the Early Years Entitlement

    The Department for Education has publish new Operational Guidance on how local authorities (LAs) and early years providers should provide the entitlement for two-, three- and four-year-olds. The guide sets out what early years providers should do to fulfil their agreement with the LA and how LAs and early years providers can support parents and children. Continue reading →

  • Updated ‘Unable to find childcare’ Form

    We have recently updated our ‘Unable to find suitable childcare’ form. Please direct parents to complete this form if you are unable to offer the childcare they require. It is important that parents feedback to Devon County Council when they are unable to find suitable childcare so that it can inform sufficiency planning.

  • Childcare Sufficiency Annual Report 2016/17

    The latest Childcare Sufficiency Annual Report and Summary for 2016/17 has now been published. More information on Devon County Councils statutory duty to ensure sufficient childcare