Updated Safeguarding Model Policies

The updated Safeguarding Policies for both settings and childminders are now live on our website! These have taken into account the updated documents ‘Keeping children safe in education’ Sept 2019 and the ‘Inspecting safeguarding in Early Years’ May 2019. To view them please visit our EYCS website. Please remember that these are draft and it Continue reading →


Level 2 Childcare Course

For anyone wishing to work in the Pre-Schools, Out of School sector and those working with young children in play settings, Crèches, in a paid capacity working with children 0 – 5 years.  This award covers people working with youths and those with additional needs – for ages 0 – 18 or 21 with additional Continue reading →


Bookstart Treasure Pack Ordering

The free Bookstart Treasure Packs for three-year-olds attending your setting, are ordered and distributed across the year as below: North Devon – September 2019 Mid Devon – October 2019 Torridge – November 2019 West Devon – January 2020 Teinbridge – February 2020 South Hams – March 2020 Exeter – May 2020 East Devon – June 2020 Early Continue reading →


The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF)

What is the Speech, Language and Communication Framework? Developed by The Communication Trust, the SLCF is a free online professional development tool which sets out the key skills and knowledge needed by the children and young people’s workforce to support the speech, language and communication development of all children and young people. It is a Continue reading →


Apps for Autism workshop – 1 November 2019

Apps for Autism Workshop running on Friday 1 November at Colyton Caterpillars, Colyton (£20pp, parents / carers FREE). For more info and to book, please complete the booking form.  


NSPCC Home Alone Guide

Need-to-know: is my child ready to be left alone? There is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, but parents can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering. This guide gives sound advice and useful tips to help parents decide in which situations they Continue reading →


Computers for Rural People

This scheme makes computers available at extra-low charity prices; if you live or work in a rural area we can supply a fully functioning computer for as little as £130. Internet-ready laptops and desktops with pre-installed Microsoft software Order and pay by phone or by post Free delivery (UK mainland) Individuals, schools, businesses, community groups… Continue reading →


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

Here is a list of the early years job adverts placed this week: Early Years Practitioner – Fremington’s Bright Stars After School Club Leader – Acorn Multi Academy Trust Early Years Assistant- Mayfield Kindergarten Early Years Level 2 Apprenticeship – Sunflower Day Nursery Early Years Practitioner – Dragonflies Preschool CIO Nursery Assistant – Rockbeare CE Continue reading →


Parental Views about Food and Drink purchases requested

Devon County Council have signed up to Healthy Weight Declaration. They are looking for some examples of Good Practice across the county regarding  healthy eating, and would like to make some promotional videos to share the good practice across Devon.  Early Years settings would be an excellent example of where we have promoted healthy lifestyles;  Continue reading →


Rise in Asthma rates in children in the Autumn Term

There’s a noticeable rise in the number of children in the UK rushed to hospital every September due to their asthma. Asthma UK’s most recent statistics show that across the UK, children aged 5-19 were 1.7 times more likely to be admitted to hospital in September than in August . As well as coming into Continue reading →