• Deadline for 30 hour funding extended

    Further to the change to the HMRC deadline, we have a local agreement to fund any codes that have an “Eligible From” date up until 30th April, to be funded in Summer Term, from the date of eligibility. The Provider Portal is available now so you can check any 30 hour codes now.

  • Change to Summer Term Headcount Week – 29th April – 5th May

    Further to some provider feedback, we have taken the decision to bring forward the Summer Term Headcount.  We will also be returning to single column data collection on the portal for the 30 hours to try and simplify claims for providers for the Summer Term.

  • Oak Tree Nursery – How We Feel About Our Award!

    The Oak Tree Nursery, a Pre-School Learning Alliance setting in Ilfracombe, have been awarded a Day Nurseries Award for being in the top 20 in the South West. Stella Freebody, Nursery Manager, has worked with her team to promote Oak Tree Nursery within the local community and online, taking on board feedback from parents and carers Continue reading →

  • Unsure about which Safeguarding course you should attend?

    If you are unsure about which safeguarding course you should attend, where to book training and whether a course is fully funded, please see our handy guide: Safeguarding Training Guide for early years and childcare practitioners. Important: If you are booking onto a fully funded safeguarding course on the DEL training website but it is asking Continue reading →

  • Job Vacancy Service for Early Years Providers

    Recruiting the right people with the right skills and experience, at the right time, is essential for your business. We support you in doing this by promoting your vacancies for a small charge of £20 per advert. For more information about how to place your advert, what sort of jobs can be advertised, what to Continue reading →

  • Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

    We do not accept paper copies of forms for EYPP where the application is on the basis of Income and Benefits. The carer details for the child must be entered on to the Provider Portal during the Headcount Task and we will run a check to confirm eligibility and notify you via the EYPP reports Continue reading →

  • Early Years Job Adverts w/c 09/04/18

    Please find listed below a list of early years job adverts placed this week: Nursery and Pre-School Manager – Honeybees Day Nursery and Pre-School    (31/05/18) Nursery Nurse (Baby Unit) – Sunflower Day Nursery   (20/04/18) Nursery Practitioner – Zig Zags Pre-School and Nursery   (27/04/18) Early Years Educator – Little Ones Childcare (Budlake)    (27/04/18) Nursery Nurse – Continue reading →

  • Child protection records retention and storage guidelines

    The NSPCC has published guidelines on retention and storage of child protection records. The guidelines cover the storage of child protection records; retention periods; recording concerns about adult behaviour; disclosure and barring checks; and the destruction of child protection records.

  • The Childcare Business Grants Scheme

    The Childcare Business Grant scheme has been updated. The DfE have announced changes to its Childcare Business Grant Scheme. The grant is open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and Childminder Agencies (CMAs) in England. Previously childminders have been to apply for up to £500 for start-up costs. From 4th Continue reading →