• #FundingFriday

    New funding streams this week include: THE MAGIC LITTLE GRANTS FUND – One-off grants up to £500 for local charities and community groups in England, Wales and Scotland that are running – or planning on running a project – that encourages individuals to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their Continue reading →

  • Extended Entitlement – 1 year on

    Evaluation of the first year of national rollout of 30 hours free childcare Evaluation guidance and monitoring toolkit for local authorities for 30 hours free childcare Follow-up survey to the 2017 Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents (CEYSP) Take-up of Free Early Education Entitlements (FEEE) Impact Study on Early Education Use and Child Outcomes Continue reading →

  • National Insurance Credits for Grandparents looking after children

    Many working-age grandparents could qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits for looking after children aged under 12 – which can be used to top up their income in retirement. More information about National Insurance Credits Apply for specified adult childcare credits

  • Message from Public Health – Winter Readiness

    As Winter approaches, nurseries and early years settings are being encouraged to prepare; children and staff in settings are susceptible to the spread of infections, like seasonal influenza (flu) and gut infections (e.g. norovirus) which increase over the winter months. It is important that all children aged 2-9 years are immunised against the flu; they develop Continue reading →

  • Provider Network Meetings

    Provider Network Meetings are happening this term. They are valuable sessions to get information, advice and guidance and to network with other providers in the area. These meetings are open to all Early Years and Childcare providers including Childminders. Themes and focus will vary depending on requests and identified need of the local district. They are Continue reading →

  • New E-learning courses on DEL

    These newly developed e-learning packages are fully funded. They provide a good introduction to the prime areas of learning and could be useful as apart of staff induction. Physical development – the importance of physical development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Introduction to personal, social and emotional development (PSED) – how important PSED is Continue reading →

  • #FundingFriday

    New funding streams this week include: BIG LOTTERY FUND PARTNERSHIPS FUND – Grants for voluntary and community organisations in England that are working together with a shared set of goals and values (applications may be made at any time) SOUTH WEST FOUNDATION SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME – Final opportunity to apply for a grant of up to Continue reading →

  • New Playful Childhoods website launched

    The Playful Childhoods website aims to help parents, carers and grandparents give children time, space and support to play at home and in their local community. It’s also useful for local groups and town and community councils to provide play friendly neighbourhoods in their areas. The resources can also be used by professionals in their Continue reading →