• Two consultations from the DfE about safeguarding

    The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on revisions to the Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance for England. They have also launched a consultation on revising non-statutory advice to support practitioners in the processes of sharing information in England. Consultations close on 6 Sept 2023.

  • Disability Access Funding (DAF)

    Disability Access Funding (DAF) is funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings.

  • Early help household support fund

    Families on low incomes can get help with food and utility costs via an extension to the new round of the Household Support Fund 4, which Early Help are administering locally. The scheme runs until 30th September 2023.

  • Portage Workshop for practitioners and parents

    The Portage Workshop is an introduction to the Portage Approach to working with children with additional needs and their families. The 2 day workshop is suitable for anyone interested in finding out more about the Portage model, including early years practitioners, therapists and parents. Dates: 28th September and 5th October in Exeter (face to face).

  • Ofsted consultation

    This consultation seeks your views on proposals for changes to Ofsted’s post-inspection arrangements, including how they handle complaints about their work. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 15th September 2023. 

  • Government updates

    Updates include: ‘early years elements of Universal Credit’; ‘consultation released by Department for Education’; ‘Early years funding: 2023 to 2024’; ‘Early years qualifications achieved in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Early years and childcare providers judged inadequate or not complying with requirements at inspection’.

  • Early years funding information – June 2023

    Further to the Government announcement of the new funding entitlements for childcare, we are planning on producing some communications that can be shared with your parents, families and new enquiries, by email and on your social media platforms.