A Christmas Message

To All Early Years and Childcare Providers, It is hard to believe that it is December already and nearly time for Christmas. It has been a busy year for those working within Early Years with many changes to take on board. In Devon we had the Funding Formula Review which has now resulted in an Continue reading →


Happy Christmas from the Early Years and Childcare Service


What have you been up to this Christmas?

    Pinecones Nursery School singing carols around the camp fire.       Springfield Nursery have been getting into the Christmas spirit with a sleigh, writing station, fire place and their very own life size elf and snowman.  The children have really enjoyed role play in this area and are looking forward to the Continue reading →


Some Christmas Crackers!


Early Years Word Search


The Parent Customer Journey – Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare

The Childcare Service have produced useful slides on the Parent Customer Journey, showing all the screens they will see through the application process for both Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare.    


Christmas Photos

Are you holding any Christmas Productions or Christmas parties? We would love to see some photos of what you have been up to. Please send them into digest@devon.gov.uk and we will feature them in next week’s special Christmas Edition. (Please make sure you have the appropriate permission).


Business Support Toolkit

Created by the sector for the sector, the Early Years Business Zone is a great new initiative that provides a dedicated, free to access, online resource that is tailored to the specific needs of early years businesses. There are a number of interactive tools to help your setting achieve long-term sustainability. Including staff cost calculator, Continue reading →


Bold Beginnings – Ofsted Report on Reception Curriculum

Ofsted has published a report on the reception year. ‘Bold Beginnings‘ looks at practice, provision and the curriculum of the reception year. It looks at Reception curriculum in successful schools and how well it prepared 4 and 5 year olds for the rest of their education and beyond.


New DWP Freephone numbers

Freephone numbers for Universal Credit were introduced on 29 November. Freephone telephone numbers for other products and benefits will be introduced in weekly phases between now and the end of December. Changes to telephone numbers coming into effect on Thursday (7 December) are listed below  Service Line Current 0345 number New Freephone number Benefit Enquiry Continue reading →