• Annual Survey of Providers 2019

    The Early Years and Childcare Service will be sending out the 2019 Annual Survey of Providers in the week commencing 4 February to all Devon providers. The online survey will ask questions of providers to enable the Early Years and Childcare Service to carry out its statutory duty to ensure sufficient childcare. Providers will also Continue reading →

  • LADO – e-learning

    The aim of this course is to provide you with an understanding of the roles of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and what should and need not be referred to the LADO. The training is suitable for the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and Deputy DSO, as well as Managers / Committee.

  • Pre-school Learning Alliance Rebranding

    The Pre-school Learning Alliance will be changing its name to the Early Years Alliance on Monday 18 February. The Alliance has been working hard to ensure their services and offers remain relevant to the early years community. The new name will reflect the growing variety of early years professionals who are now part of the Continue reading →

  • Training Bulletin – January 2019

    Please note the link to the Training Bulletin in last week’s Digest was incorrect. New link to our latest Training Bulletin: Training Bulletin – January 2019

  • Ofsted Consultation: Education inspection framework 2019

    The draft education inspection framework for 2019 sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings. There are two draft handbooks: The draft ‘Early years handbook’ applies to providers registered on the Early Years Register. The draft ‘Schools handbook’ applies to early years provision run and Continue reading →

  • Signpost Plus

    The SIGNPOST plus Team provide information to parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs in Devon. They were formerly DISCPLUS.

  • What is the difference between Delayed and Deferred Admission?

    Deferred Admission to Reception – this is a statutory right for parents though they must inform the school to prevent the place being withdrawn.
    Delayed Admission to Reception – this is not a right but parents of summer-born children can request that the child holds off starting in Reception until the start of term after the 5th birthday