The Digest takes a break

There will be no Digest throughout August. The Digest will return on the 9th September 2022 to bring you the latest news and updates.


Reminder for parents to get their 30-hour code by August 31st

In order to access 30-hour Funding from Autumn Term 2022 (in relation to funding the term starts on 1st September), parents need to have applied to HMRC and received a code by 31st August 2022.


Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is now underway. Please share with eligible families.


Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) – certification and supply costs

Devon Early Years and Childcare Service have received the final progress report from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Development Trust (EDT) for those practitioners that undertook the EYPDP Building on Success Programme. This has enabled us to calculate the outstanding supply costs payable to practitioners.


‘Let’s talk play’ – funded training

The Early Years and Childcare Service are delivering a brand new package of training which is designed for early years practitioners who have responsibility for supporting play opportunities. Session dates: 10th, 16th and 24th August 2022.


Going out or staying home alone

Advice from the NSPCC to help you decide when your child is ready to be left home alone, or go out on their own and how to keep them safe when you aren’t there.


Congratulations to North Devon Childminder!

We would like to congratulate one of our Childminders, based in North Devon, on achieving ‘Outstanding’ in their recent Ofsted inspection.


Early years and childcare job adverts – w/c 25/07/2022

View the latest jobs in early years and childcare.


A message from Val Smith, Head of the Early Years and Childcare Service

In this update Val summarises the outcomes of the recent provider survey, how we will be working with local FE colleges to promote qualifications and careers in early years and news of her retirement.


Changes to the Early Years and Childcare Team

On August 1st there will be an exciting change happening! The Babcock Learning and Development Partnership (LDP) will be moving in-house with Devon County Council.  Babcock staff will become part of the Education and Learning services in the council.