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Government updates

Updates include: ‘How can apprenticeships be delivered for your business?’; ‘Early years foundation stage: exemplification materials’; ‘Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2022’ and ‘Early years and childcare statistics’.

Devon children’s centres

Children’s centres provide Early Help services, to the whole family from pregnancy through to aged eight, when families most need support using the “team around the family” approach. Please share the poster to promote the courses on offer.

Early communication and language monitoring tool

This year the Babcock Early Years Team launched the Early Communication and Language Monitoring Tool. Please share your feedback by completing a short questionnaire.

Congratulations to Teignbridge Childminder

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

PANTS Makaton guides

The NSPCC has created new PANTS resources to keep children, who communicate using Makaton, safe from sexual abuse.

Building Babies Brains – free course starting in September

The Building Babies Brain course aims to support you to increase your knowledge of baby brain development, bonding and resilience and to be confident in ‘Passing’ this information on to parents/ carers and communities. This free training starts in Sept 2022 in North Devon.

Emerging Early Childhood Music Practitioner opportunity

Babcock Music Hub are working with Take Art on a workforce development initiative for early childhood music practitioners in the South West, funded by Youth Music. They are currently advertising for an Emerging Early Childhood Music Practitioner to work on this initiative. Closing date for applications is 15 July.

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

Information for practitioners involved in the EYPDP programme.

Early years and childcare job adverts – w/c 27/06/2022

View the latest jobs in early years and childcare.

Summer Holiday Activities and Food programme

Children from across Devon aged 5 to 16, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals, are invited to take up an action-packed Summer holiday this year, as part of our government-funded Holiday Activities and Food programme.