• Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings: guidance

    Ofsted have updated guidance for inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. The update clarifies guidance about individuals who start work in settings before their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates are available. Guidance: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings

  • Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

    The Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office have replaced the Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation with an updated version: Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

  • Playwork Training – 6th November

    Playwork Training 6th November 2018 South Brent Village Hall 09.30 – 16.00 A 1 day course to raise awareness of the legislation and underpinning principles of the play, care and education of children, and how we can meet and implement them. Explore some of the key theories behind the need to provide an affective space Continue reading →

  • #FundingFriday

    New funding streams this week include: The Warburtons Trust Community Grant The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust The Silver Family Trust For all the information on all Charitable Funding streams please see our webpage Keep an eye out of social media for #FundingFriday where we will update you on what is available

  • Childcare Sufficiency Annual Report 2017/18

    The latest Childcare Sufficiency Annual Report and Summary for 2017/18 has now been published. More information on Devon County Councils statutory duty to ensure sufficient childcare

  • Healthy Lunch Boxes

    Here are some useful resources for healthy lunch box ideas: Healthy Packed Lunches for early years – a practical guide for parents and carers Eat Better, Start Better – A Practical Guide – Voluntary food and drink guidelines for Early Years settings in England Sugar Smart Sugar Swaps – Healthier Lunchboxes Eating Well in Early Continue reading →

  • Childcare Business Grant Scheme

    Please be aware the Childcare Business Grant Scheme is still available.  The scheme supports new providers of childminding (CM) business (both childminders and childminder agencies (CMAs)) through the provision of a one off start-up grant.  For further detail please see the website: www.childcarebusinessgrants.com

  • Early Years Workforce

    Following publication of the Early Years Workforce Strategy‎ last year, DfE has worked with expert reference groups and stakeholders to produce the following to support early years workforce recruitment and development: A Government Response to the Early Years Level 2 Criteria Consultation New  Early Years Practitioner (Level 2) criteria which will be used by awarding Continue reading →