Early Years Funding – Spring 2021 Guidance and FAQ’s

Yesterday we shared our Spring 2021 Guidance, Frequently asked Questions and Template messages to assist you with completing your Spring Headcount Task.


Government updates

Updates include: Paediatric First Aid certificate requalification training; Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications; Making a childcare bubble with another household; What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges; Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update; Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries and Supporting document on Early Years 2021 Census.


Devon Early Years Weekly Attendance Survey

Thank you to all of you who have submitted the Weekly Attendance Survey. The number of submissions is increasing but we still need more of you to send in your attendance information each week.


Parents Childcare Survey 2021

Calling all parents living or working in Devon. We need your help! The answers you give in this short survey will help the early years and childcare team in Devon County Council to plan and make sure that there is enough childcare for you to work or train.


Virtual catch-up sessions for early years and childcare providers

Following the success of the virtual coffee mornings and catch-up sessions held earlier this month, the Early Years Team have organised further sessions where there will be an opportunity to talk to Public Health and ask any questions you may have around their role during Covid-19, lateral flowing testing and vaccinations.


Early years job adverts – w/c 18/01/2021

View the latest jobs in early years.


Weekly Attendance Survey

Many of you have already completed and returned the first weekly Attendance Survey to us. Thank you, we hope you found it quick and easy. The information you send to us will be used in the return that we are required to make to the Department for Education every Thursday.


Provider Business Map webinars Tuesday 19 January 2021 – new places released

More places have been released for the DfE funded FREE national business support Zoom webinars for early years and childcare providers. There are now 3,000 places available at each of these Hempsall’s events. It is not too late to book your place.


Reviews for Individual Inclusion Funding – Early Years SEND

New SEND applications are approved at the termly panel meetings. When funding is agreed, you do not need to re-apply each term but you do need to complete and return the review so that progress can be monitored and the funding can continue.


Early Years Census 2021 – notice to providers

Next week all funded private, voluntary and independent (PVI) providers will receive a message through the Portal asking them to answer some basic questions about their provision and the qualifications of their staff.