News from the Early Years and Childcare team

There will be no Digest during August, please remind your staff to subscribe to the Digest so that they can keep up to date with the latest updates and a reminder that the last Attendance Survey was on 22 July 2021.


Free webinar to explain the COVID-19 guidelines for educational settings

Public Health will be holding a free webinar for early years providers and holiday clubs who are active over the summer holidays. Webinars run every Thursday 4pm – 5pm.


An update to Development Matters

The DfE have published a revised version of Development Matters to reflect feedback received from the Early Adopter schools that have adopted the reforms over the 2020/21 academic year. The changes to content are minor and you will not need to alter any planning based on the September 2020 version that you may have already made.


Look out for people most at risk during the heatwave – top tips for staying safe in the heat

Please look out for people who are most at risk during the heatwave. We have some handy tips for staying safe in the heat.


Parents Childcare Survey Summer 2021

Whether you use childcare or not, your voice counts. The answers you give in this short survey will help the Early Years and Childcare Service in Devon County Council to plan and make sure that there is enough childcare for you to work or train. Please help us to reach as many parents as possible by sharing the poster on social media and /or by downloading and displaying it in your setting.


Early Years Funding: the Helpdesk and DAF

An update on our operating service over the summer period, and an update on Disability Access Funding (DAF).


Government updates

Updates include: ‘JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people’; ‘What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19’; ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ and ‘Use of PPE in education, childcare and children’s social care’.


MASH Partner Agency Survey

Please help MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) to understand your experience of the MASH. Your feedback will help them to improve.


Group 3 Safeguarding training dates for Autumn term

Autumn dates for the Multi-Agency Safeguarding & Child Protection (Group 3 Core) training from the DCFP have become available to book from the DEL training website.


Early years and childcare job adverts – w/c 19/07/2021

View the latest jobs in early years and childcare.