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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.

Safeguarding Audit – Issues completing survey

We have been notified that the “Save and Continue” and “Print” buttons were not working on the Safeguarding Audit Survey.  This has now been resolved and should be working normally.  If you do notice any problems however, please let us know at childcareinfo@devon.gov.uk   If you have already completed the survey but could not print


New One Minute Guides

New One Minute Guides have recently been added to the Babcock website on the following topics: No 28 County Lines No 29 The Children Act No 30 KCSiE changes No 31 Elective Home Education


NSPCC: Online abuse: learning from case reviews

People who work with children and young people should be able to raise awareness about online safety and encourage them to talk about what they do online and who they communicate with. The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need to be able to recognise online abuse and understand the complex ways in which


New guidance for gifting Bookstart Treasure Packs

The Bookstart Treasure pack orders for North Devon have been processed and we’d like to share the new Bookstart ‘Best Practice Model’ for gifting the Treasure Packs. We hope you find it useful and that all your children enjoy their book.


The Devon Children and Young People’s Plan

Launched this week, the Devon Children and Young People’s Plan 2019 -2022 brings together all the local agencies responsible for helping children, young people and their families. Find out more here:


DCFP Suicidal Ideation Review

Devon Children and Families Partnership is carrying out a review into Suicidal Ideation among young people. As part of the review they are asking practitioners or volunteers to complete a short questionnaire, so if you or your colleagues work with young people in either paid or voluntary capacity please can you take five minutes to


Paediatric First Aid training

Places available on our next 2 day Paediatric First Aid training: 5 & 12 November 2019 (9.30am – 4.30pm) – Newton Abbot 26 February & 4 March 2020 (9.30am – 4.30pm) – Barnstaple We also run a blended Paediatric First Aid course which consists of eLearning and a one day taught course: 14 November 2019 (9.30am


Early Years Job Adverts – W/c 07/10/19

Here are the latest early years job adverts: Early Years Practitioner – Horizon Childcare Playworker – Princetown Community Pre-School CIC Pre-School Assistant – Dartmouth Pre-School Foundation Stage Worker – Clawton Primary School Nursery Practitioner – Puffins of Exeter Ltd Need to advertise an Early Years post? For info on how to place an advert including


NEW Application Process for Early Years Individual Inclusion Funding

If you wish to apply for Individual Inclusion Funding for children with complex needs, please speak with your Early Years Consultant who can advise if it would be appropriate.  Funding for children with low level or emerging needs is paid in the 3 & 4 year old funding rate at 4p per hour and is


Speech, Language and Communication Needs Update September 2019

“The ability to communicate is an essential life skill for all children and young people and it underpins a child’s social, emotional development. Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs include many of the most vulnerable children, those most in need of effective support to reach their potential” (Bercow 2008). SLCN is