• If your child is unwell, consult HANDi this winter

    With childhood illnesses on the increase due to the cold weather, doctors in Devon are reminding parents to download and consult the HANDi paediatric app. The free app, available to download onto any Apple or Android device, was launched specifically with children in mind and is loaded with expert advice, support and guidance for common childhood Continue reading →

  • Invitation to Bookstart steering group

    BookTrust is developing new resources to support those who give out Bookstart Treasure packs to ensure they are fully informed about what the programme is, how it could fit within their existing workload and want to make sure that the information they need is supplied in a helpful way. We want people to feel confident Continue reading →

  • Play2

    Play2 is a day to re-energise about the power of play and its potential within your setting. This unique event brings together early years experts from all over the UK and has the potential to have a huge impact on early years practice. The conference is being held at Petroc, Tiverton on Saturday 17th November Continue reading →

  • DFE Female Genital Mutation campaign

    The October 2018 campaign highlights the harmful health consequences of Female Genital Mutation and signposts the NSPCC’s 24 hour FGM helpline. Female Genital Mutation Campaign Materials

  • Guidance: People connected with Ofsted-registered childcare

    This guidance was published by Ofsted in the beginning of Sept 2018 but they have issued clarified guidance on childminding assistants and suitability letters. Guidance for childminder assistants, people living or working with a childminder, committee members and other people associated with Ofsted-registered childcare

  • #FundingFriday

    New funding streams this week include: The Hollick Family Foundation – Grants for charitable organisations carrying out a wide range of general charitable activities in the UK The Minton Charitable Trust – Small grants for facilities, education, advice and financial assistance for individuals and charitable organisations The Claire Milne Trust – aims to help smaller effective charities with Continue reading →

  • Early Years Individual Inclusion Fund applications

    Due to some technical challenges and time constraints we have agreed that the Early Years Inclusion Fund applications due for submission at the end of half term and for funding to start in the spring term, will be accepted on the current application form.  We are aware that settings have already submitted forms to DCC Continue reading →

  • Guidance on Notice Period for Early Years Providers

    You will be aware that in our Provider Agreement (2.51 on page 13) we are now allowing a 4 week notice period to be applied to the Early Years Funding for a child that leaves a setting.  If you are implementing a notice period to funded time, you will need to ensure parents are aware Continue reading →

  • #ThumbsUpForCoby

    Earlier this year, Coby, a nine-year old boy from East Devon, died from flu. This winter, his parents are encouraging others to get their children vaccinated against flu. (#ThumbsUpForCoby) Printed postcards promoting the campaign and flu vaccination are available for wide distribution.  If you would like to request a supply of postcards, please call 01392 Continue reading →