• Autumn Term Headcount Deadline Sunday 29th September

    Your Early Years Headcount Claims for Autumn Term funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds must be submitted by 23:59 on Sunday 29th September.  Thank you to those providers who have already completed the Headcount Task and submitted.  If you make any changes to your task, please remember to re-submit the data or if Continue reading →

  • URGENT MASH enquiry form changes

    The MASH enquiry form is being redesigned with the aim to have a new ‘live’ MASH enquiry form which will be easier to use for all.  MASH management and the designers of the new live platform are asking for input from professionals on their experience in contacting the MASH so they can better understand what Continue reading →

  • Ofsted Videos

    Ofsted have released some videos on their YouTube channel: How do I register as an early years provider? Early Years: What do I need to tell you? Early Years: What happens if someone complains about me? What happens on an early years inspection? What does ‘cultural capital’ mean for early years? Inspecting early years providers Continue reading →

  • Devon Settings are finalists in National Nursery Recognition Awards!

    Little Monstarz Pre-School and Pinecones Nursery School have been made finalists in the National Nursery Recognition awards 2020 for Special Aid recognition. This is for the support they offer to children with additional needs. Both settings are relatively new (opened in 2017) with Little Monstarz located in Newton Abbot and Pinecones situated in Sidmouth. The Continue reading →

  • Total Communication

    This 2 day course is delivered in conjunction with the Speech and Language Teams and is aimed at anyone working with or caring for children under five with communication difficulties. The cost for this 2 day course is £40. Dates: 3 & 17 October 2019 – Stover 9 & 16 October 2019 – Barnstaple (9.30am – Continue reading →

  • Bookstart Orders and Contact Address

    We will be sending emails out to providers for Bookstart orders in waves by provider location between September 2019 and June 2020. A link to the order form will be sent to the email address we hold on record for you.  This will be the email address you provided to us in your last Annual Continue reading →

  • Early Years Job Adverts – W/c 23/09/19

    Here are the latest early years job adverts: Preschool Assistant – Widecombe Preschool Nursery Apprentice  – St. Michael’s Nursery Nursery Nurse – Happy Days Nursery (Teignmouth) Nursery Assistant – Pinecones Nursery School Breakfast / Afterschool / Pre-School Assistant (1-2 posts) – Sticklebricks Pre-School Level 3 Early Years Practitioner (Room Leader) – Humpty Dumpty Childcare Ltd Continue reading →

  • Safeguarding Self-Audits

    The Early Years and Childcare Service request that all childcare providers complete a safeguarding self audit annually in order to assist with the completion of Section 11 of Children Act 2004. The Safeguarding audit is designed to be a self evaluation tool to support providers ensure that they are meeting the Ofsted and Devon Safeguarding Continue reading →

  • New 5532-a-day guide to portion size for preschoolers

    Updated! A guide to portion size for pre-schoolers. The British Nutrition Foundation’s 5532 guide to portion sizes for 1-4 year olds is all about helping you provide young children with a healthy, balanced diet to provide them with all the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy.