Important new changes to two year old funding

We have written a briefing paper that sets out many of the key changes and differences to the way that two year old funding is processed and managed.


Inspecting Safeguarding

Ofsted has updated its guidance on inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings for England to align with expectations of providers regarding with the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) updated guidance on keeping children safe in education.


Reducing Parental Conflict – free half day online workshops

Free half day online workshops running in October and November.


Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) – free webinar

ICAN in partnership with the Bell Foundation are hosting a free webinar on 22 September at 4pm to explore how professionals can support children and young people using English as an Additional Language (EAL) who have Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).


Ventilation and CO2 monitor delivery

On Saturday 21 August it was announced that CO2 monitors will be provided this term to state-funded education settings, including early years, schools and further education providers.


Get a Healthy Start! Goodie box promotion

Do you have families in your setting that are pregnant or have children under 4, and receiving benefits? Would they be interested in a free box of fruit and vegetables delivered directly to your door, along with family friendly recipes to prepare them? If they are eligible for Healthy Start, they can order a box as part of the Get a Healthy Start! initiative. Closing date is 24th September.


HANDi Paediatric app: advice for common childhood conditions

If you want to check your child’s symptoms for any common illnesses and get local advice and guidance, we recommend downloading the free HANDi paediatric app.


Early years and childcare job adverts – w/c 06/09/2021

View the latest jobs in early years and childcare.


Back to school – everything you need to know for September

We’ve gathered some useful information resources in this bulletin to help you and your child prepare for September.


Government updates

Updates include: ‘What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19’; ‘Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people’; ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in education and childcare settings’; ‘Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings’; ‘Early years inspection handbook’ and ‘Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection’.