• 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 →

  • 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.

  • Eligible Codes for 2 year old funding

    If a parent has a Golden Ticket or a letter confirming eligibility with a TYF code they are able to access 2 year old funding and you DO NOT need to contact the Helpdesk to check codes.  Keep a record of these numbers on your parent declaration. You do need to email the Helpdesk at Continue reading →

  • 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.

  • Closure of Childcare Vouchers

    This written statement was released on 29 March 2018 from HM Treasury on the closure of childcare vouchers: ‘Today the government has made The Income Tax (Limited Exemptions for Qualifying Childcare Vouchers and other Childcare) (Relevant Day) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/450). These Regulations set 4th October 2018 as the date when childcare vouchers and directly Continue reading →

  • Early Years Inspections: MYTHS

    Ofsted has produced this document to confirm the facts about our early years inspections and to dispel those myths that can sometimes result in unnecessary workload for registered child carers. It should be read alongside the early years inspection handbook. Inspection plays an important role in helping parents to make informed choices about the type Continue reading →

  • Safeguarding amendment to Data Protection Bill

    Farrer & Co have published a briefing on a safeguarding amendment (85) to the Data Protection Bill adopted by the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on 13 March 2018. In summary, it provides for a lawful ground for the processing of special category personal data – without consent if the circumstances justify it – Continue reading →

  • Yealmpton Out of School Provision Tender Advert

    The Westcountry Schools Trust are inviting tenders for the supply of services for an Out of School Provision at Yealmpton Primary School starting from September 2018. The closing date for submissions has been extended to 12.00pm (noon) on Thursday 16th April 2018. Yealmpton Out of School Provision Tender Advert