Government updates

Updates include: ‘Becoming a childminder and running your business’; ‘Becoming a nanny and running your business’; ‘Starting a nursery or other daycare and running the business’; ‘Joining the Childcare Register and running the business’ and ‘Check early years qualifications’.

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) Reforms

On 12 October 2021 the Government announced updated funding eligibility criteria for the reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and published new frameworks for upcoming qualifications in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) and Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL).

Updates to contact tracing guidance

In response to recent queries, we have updated the contact tracing ‘frequently asked questions’. Updates have been made to several areas including advice on contacting the NHS Self Isolation Hub and where a child cannot attend their setting because they are reliant on a self-isolating adult for transport.

The Extended Role of the Virtual School

In order to identify challenges and barriers to learning we are circulating a smart survey to all DSLs across Devon. We appreciate your time in completing this survey by Friday October 22nd.

Infection prevention week -18th to 22nd October 2021

Join us in celebrating the importance of infection prevention as part of International Infection Prevention Week 18th to 22nd October 2021. Each day will have a different focus and there will also be live webinars including an MRSA webinar and a Food Safety webinar. All events are free to join.

Holiday Activity and Food Grant – Christmas Round now open

The HAF programme offers a wide range of support for families and goes well beyond the delivery of food and activities: it’s a point of contact for children and families during holiday periods that can be vital for them in accessing support and services. Face-to-face provision needs to remain a central element of the HAF programme at Christmas, and in the first instance we would encourage you to offer four days of face-to-face holiday/activity clubs where that is possible.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – free training for parents, carers and professionals

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to aid communication. A group of professionals from across the whole of Devon have worked with parents and carers to create an interactive training programme that provides an introduction to AAC.

0-2 Community Action Project

Funded by Devon County Council and run by Devon Children’s Centres, Action for Children provide small grants and support to help community based provision for families with 0-2 year olds start/restart.

Early years and childcare job adverts – w/c 11/10/2021

View the latest jobs in early years and childcare.

Autumn Term Headcount Task

The Autumn Term Headcount Task is now available. Headcount week is 3rd – 9th October 2021 and the deadline for submissions is 23.59 on Sunday 17th October 2021.