• North Devon Early Help Practitioner Forum – 5th December

    Please see below an outline of the agenda for next week’s North Devon Early Help Practitioner Forum: Housing : Update on the changes to the Housing Duties placed on Local Authorities . Sarah Bentley Wave Project : Update on the Wave Project – Helen Blackman Operation Encompass : overview by the Police and DV Services Continue reading →

  • Kingwood Childcare at the Bear Trail

    Kingwood Childcare love getting out and about, exploring the natural surroundings: ‘We took our three pre-school groups to The Bear Trail, just outside Cullompton this week for an amazing morning adventure round their muddy course!  The session was booked as part of their continued interest in physical development and enjoyment in the outdoors. The children Continue reading →

  • New Universal Credit Contact Numbers

    Secretary of State David Gauke announced in October that DWP would introduce Freephone numbers to replace its existing customer 0345 numbers and this would be completed by the end of the calendar year. The work to introduce the new Freephone numbers will begin with Universal Credit. The new numbers will be introduced on Wednesday 29 Continue reading →

  • Consultation on the Universal Credit

    The Department for Education are consulting on the proposed approach to the following passported benefits under Universal Credit: free school meals eligibility for pupils in primary and secondary education and students in further education; and the early years pupil premium. More information on the consultation on eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil Continue reading →

  • Eat Better, Start Better

    Action for Children have developed Eat Better, Start Better Guidance and supporting material which is available to download or purchase in hard copy. It includes: updated guidance nutritional information cards fact sheets on promoting and supporting healthy eating in early years settings allergen information catering for special dietary requirements and healthy packed lunches

  • Documents recently updated – Early Years and Childcare in Schools

    The following documents have recently been updated on our website: Admissions to nursery places and Foundation Stage Units in schools Admissions Arrangements for Nursery Classes, Nursery and Foundation Stage Unit (FSU) for admissions from January  2018 Nursery Admissions Policy Template

  • SEND Strategic Review 2017

    Devon is doing an annual review of education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements. As part of the review there are some surveys for schools, parent carers and children and young people to complete during the autumn term, so we Continue reading →

  • DIAS SEND Parent Information Events

    Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) are looking for more venues to hold Parent Information Events in spring term 2018. DIAS need two hours, an interested group of parents and a space with a projector and screen/interactive whiteboard. The aim is to answer the following questions: What support is there for children with SEND? What is Continue reading →

  • Official Opening of new nursery building at Whipton Barton

    Whipton Barton Infants and Nursery School has doubled the number of early years places available for children aged 2 to 4 years, from 39 to 78 places. The Oasis Day Nursery officially opened it’s new building on Friday 17 November and will be open from 7:30 am to 6 pm all year round. This project was one of four jointly Continue reading →