- 30 Hours Workshops Presentations and Booklets
- Access to the Childcare Service
Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare are new government schemes to help parents with the cost of childcare. Both schemes can be applied for through a single online application – the childcare service.
The extended entitlement to 30 hours free childcare will be available from September 2017.
- Golden Ticket now available in Arabic
The Golden Ticket for 2 year old funding is now available in Arabic.
- Charging for non attendance at Provider Network Meetings
The Early Years & Childcare Service currently charge a £25 non-attendance fee if you are booked on to a fully funded training course and do not attend or cancel your place ahead of the course. We are now putting this in place for Provider Network meetings. If you can’t make it, don’t forget to cancel your place
- New funding rates for the Early Years Entitlement
Please find information regarding funding rates from April 2017
- Online Safety Newsletter
The Early Years and Childcare Service have published the first online safety newsletter providing advice and guidance for providers and parents:
- 30 Hour Mixed Model Partnership Toolkit
The Family and Childcare Trust has designed a free toolkit to support mixed model partnership approaches to delivering the extended free entitlement for three and four year olds. The interactive toolkit will help you
- Think about how to get started
- Assess the likely supply of and demand for the extended free entitlement
- Explore benefits and challenges of adopting a partnership approach
- Explore how relationships with parents (mothers, fathers and other carers) might change
- Learn from a number of case studies
- Plan for the extended entitlement now - template survey to use with your parents
The Early Years and Childcare Service have designed a template questionnaire for you to use to survey parents on their eligibility to the extended entitlement for three- and four-year-olds and their plans on the use of it. This is important to help you to plan your services for September 2017.
- Childminders and the 30 Hours Entitlement
Find out more about the important role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours entitlement:
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Update
A Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) update has been given by Jo Olsson – the new Chief Officer for Children.
- Avian Flu Update
Avian influenza, or flu, is primarily a disease of birds, but is of public health importance as it has the potential to spread to humans who have contact with infected birds. We know that some registered childminders in England and Wales keep chickens, other wildfowl or other caged birds.
There have been recent outbreaks in Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire. There is a prevention zone now in place across the whole of the UK until 28 February 2017. If you keep poultry, you should keep a close watch on them for signs of disease, and maintain high levels of biosecurity at all times, housing them separately to other birds so that contact is not possible with wild birds. This is to help prevent infections spreading. If you have any concerns about the health of your poultry, seek prompt advice from your vet. Housing birds means that they should not have access to roam in gardens or make contact with other birds or animals (including vermin).
Further information can be found on the PACEY website: https://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/news/avian-flu-guidance-in-the-uk/?utm_source=Communicator&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Untitled6&utm_campaign=Important+update+on+Avian+Flu%2c+30+hours+%26+more