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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.

HMRC update: Extended Entitlement for 4 year olds

When parents of 4 year olds apply through the Childcare Service for the extended entitlement, they will be asked to complete a form. Here is the message that parents see when making an application: Extended Entitlement for 4 year olds – message for parents

New Operational Guidance for providing the Early Years Entitlement

The Department for Education has publish new Operational Guidance on how local authorities (LAs) and early years providers should provide the entitlement for two-, three- and four-year-olds. The guide sets out what early years providers should do to fulfil their agreement with the LA and how LAs and early years providers can support parents and children.

Evaluation of the extended entitlement trials and early innovators programme

The Department for Education has published an evaluation of the 8 trials of the extended entitlement and the early innovators programme.

Updated ‘Unable to find childcare’ Form

We have recently updated our ‘Unable to find suitable childcare’ form. Please direct parents to complete this form if you are unable to offer the childcare they require. It is important that parents feedback to Devon County Council when they are unable to find suitable childcare so that it can inform sufficiency planning.

Childcare Sufficiency Annual Report 2016/17

The latest Childcare Sufficiency Annual Report and Summary for 2016/17 has now been published. More information on Devon County Councils statutory duty to ensure sufficient childcare

Early Years Job Vacancies w/c 17/07/17

Please find below the vacancies that have been posted this week: Apprentice Nursery Assistant – Exeter College Day Nursery   (30/07/17) Nursery Managers and Room Leaders – Ottertots Day Nursery   (09/08/17) Nursery Assistant – Daisy and Rainbow Childcare    (07/08/17) Nursery Keyperson – Daisy and Rainbow Childcare   (07/08/17) Pre-School Room Leader – Happy Days Nursery (Teignmouth)   (04/08/17)

DISCplus Newsletter Summer 2017

The latest edition of the DISCplus newsletter is now available. We hope you will find it interesting and useful. Hard copies are being sent to all families of a child with a record of additional needs. Please feel free to share it with any other families or colleagues who you think will find it useful.

Build for Bees Competition

The ‘Build for Bees’ competition is an outdoor activity for children to help conserve pollinators by being creative in building a bug hotel to provide crucial habitats for pollinators. The best and most creative entries will be awarded with some prizes. It is open to schools, education providers, community groups, families and individuals. To enter:

Provider Agreement deadline TODAY

To continue to receive the early years funding from September you must read the Provider Agreement and return the Provider Agreement form to eyef@devon.gov.uk  by today (Friday 14 July). You will need to click on the link at the end of the Provider Agreement to download the form to return electronically to eyef@devon.gov.uk There may be

3000 more parents could be eligible

There are potentially nearly 3000 more parents who could be eligible for the extended entitlement that have not yet checked their eligibility. Please ask parents to apply now. A half of parents who have successfully applied for the extended entitlement have had their codes validated by providers. This means there are a large number of