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Keep up to date with the latest news and updates from the Early Years and Childcare Service. You can subscribe to receive a weekly email digest of new updates (sent every Friday morning). You can also receive the same updates by following us on Facebook.

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.


Government and Ofsted updates

Updates include: Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings; Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings; What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges; Protective measures for holiday or after-school club and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; Financial support for education, early years and children’s social care and Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update.


Nursery Plus Outreach

Further to the recent lockdown restrictions Nursery Plus have reviewed their approach to outreach support.


Emergency PPE for education and registered childcare settings

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is providing some additional PPE (masks, aprons, gloves and eye protection) to Local Authorities to help education and registered childcare settings manage with suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.


TailfeatherTV: a new and exciting YouTube channel for pre-school children

Following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework for Learning and Development, children can explore and engage with fun topics through: dance, singing, signing, learning, and playing.


Funding Friday

Funding streams this week include: The National Lottery Community Fund, Return to Play Fund – Sport England and Comic Relief Community Fund (England) – Groundwork UK.


Early years job adverts – w/c 11/01/2021

View the latest jobs in early years.