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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.

Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)

Did you know its Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)  and the focus this year is on stress? We all need to be aware of the well-being of staff and parents as well as the children we care for. Workways is run by the Devon Partnership NHS trust. They offer local resources and guidance on promoting


Perry Panda: a story about parental depression

NSPCC have highlighted Perry Panda, a book aimed at children aged 3 to 6. This is a rhyming story for young children whose parents are suffering from depression. Perry’s mum is very sad and he is worried it is his fault. He speaks with his grandma who explains in simple terms what might cause depression


Uffculme’s Royal Wedding

The children at Kingwood Childcare have been getting ready for the big day tomorrow by holding their very own Royal Wedding and celebrations! How will you be celebrating?


Getting ready for GDPR

The Early Years and Childcare Service are preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the Digest on 25th May, you will find a revised Provider Agreement. Please set aside some time to read through the document. All funded providers will need to complete the new Provider Agreement form to signify


Liz’s Marathon Run

On a very hot Sunday in April our very own Liz Carroll (Early Years and Childcare Advisor) completed the Virgin London Marathon 2018. Congratulations to Liz on this great achievement! You persevered with a training programme, an injury and did this all on your own.  I can still remember the day you said it is


Early Years Job Adverts w/c 14/05/18

Please find listed below a list of early years job adverts placed this week: Bank Nursery Nurse – St. Michael’s Nursery Nursery Apprentice – St. Michael’s Nursery Qualified Nursery Nurse – Daisy Chain Childcare Braunton Deputy Manager – Silverton Pre-School Playgroup EYFS Teaching Assistant Specialist – Mill Water School Pre-School Practitioner – Rainbow Pre-School (Okehampton)


Early Years and Childcare Training Bulletin – May 2018

Here is the latest training bulletin for upcoming early years courses and e-learning: Early Years and Childcare Training Bulletin – May 2018


DCFP (Devon Children and Families Partnership) Magazine

The DSCB now known as the Devon Children and Families Partnership has revamped their magazine – Make sure that you are signed up to receive as it will help you keep you up to date with safeguarding. DCFP Magazine


Online Safety Newsletters Issue 2 – May 2018

Here is the latest Online Safety Newsletters: Early Years Providers Online Safety Newsletter Issue 2 – May 2018 Parents Online Safety Newsletter Issue 2 – May 2018  


Early Years SENCO Qualification Specification

  The DfE has published the Level 3 Early Years SENCO qualification specification. The qualifications developed from this specification are intended to support early years practitioners to gain accreditation for the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to perform the Early Years SENCO role effectively. The qualifications are not mandatory. This recommended specification has been designed