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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.

Latest information from Public Health England

Public Health England South West Health Protection Team have updated their information for childcare and educational settings in the management of COVID-19.

Virtual ‘catch-up’ sessions with the Early Years and Childcare Service

Following the continued success of the ‘virtual catch-up’ sessions, further sessions have been planned by the Early Years and Childcare Service at the end of April 2021.

Bookstart treasure pack

The Bookstart treasure pack order form has been sent to providers in South Devon this week. Please look out for this email in your inbox and follow the link to order packs for all three-year-olds.

The Goodie Box: free recipe kit and activity box for families over Easter – bookings close 4pm Thursday 15th April

Devon County Council are running a one-off initiative over Easter called the Goodie Box, where families can receive a delivery directly to their door with some exciting new recipes to try as a family, along with the food to make them. Bookings close 4pm Thursday 15th April. Goodie boxes will be delivered up to 16th April.

Government updates

Updates include: ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests’; ‘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’; ‘What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19’ and ‘Check early years qualifications’.

Home Start webinar – 12th April at 2pm

You are invited to our ‘The next five years’ webinar via Zoom on Monday the 12th April at 2pm. We are excited about the new opportunities for families and volunteers that we can now offer and would like to share with you our own ‘road map’ for the future.

Birth to 5 Matters: non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Birth to 5 Matters provides comprehensive guidance, drawing on previous guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which has been updated in order to reflect recent research, to meet the needs of practitioners, to respond to current issues in society, to meet the needs of children today and to lay a strong foundation for their futures.

Moving and handling children with physical disability – training for early years practitioners

Babcock LDP are running Moving and Handling training sessions for early years and childcare practitioners.

Celebrating our key workers

Amelia Joyner, Pre-School Leader at Cullompton Pre-School, shares how the pre-school has enjoyed coming together to celebrate the work of keyworkers.

Funding Friday

Persimmon Community Champions is here to fund local good causes across the UK.