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REMINDER: Spring 2023 provider survey

All providers with before, after school and/or holiday provision and those with early years places (nursery or preschool) have been asked to complete and return the Spring 2023 provider survey. The closing date for responses is Sunday 29th January 2023.

Innovation Grants Scheme for disabled children

Devon County Council Innovation Grants Scheme for disabled children is now open for applications for 2023-24. We would particularly welcome applications for activities, groups or sessions over the school holiday period. Applications close on 6th February 2023.

Safer Internet Day: 7th February 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.

Nursery admissions policy

The Devon County Council Nursery Admissions policy has been updated for 2023. See information on updating school nursery policy.

Government updates

Updates include: ‘Ofsted inspections: what EY providers and practitioners need to know’; ‘The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education’; ‘Music education: information for parents and young people’ and ‘Childminder agencies: inspection guidance’.

Early years and childcare job adverts – w/c 23/01/2023

View the latest jobs in early years and childcare.

Additional funding for settings from Spring term 2023

Information regarding increase of funding to 2-year-old funding, 3-and 4-year-old funding and Early Years Pupil Premium.

New online ‘request for support’ form replaces MASH form

New ‘request for support form’ launched on 16 January 2023. The form has been designed to be used by professionals, members of the public, and children and young people to request both early help support or to report a safeguarding concern.

Nursery admissions in Devon schools

Letter to schools regarding nursery submissions for 2023. We encourage all providers to regularly review their admissions arrangements.

Training and development opportunities for early years and childcare practitioners

View the latest training opportunities.