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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.

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

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


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

Early Years Job Adverts w/c 15/10/18

Please find listed below a list of early years job adverts placed this week: Outdoor Early Years Practitioner – Venture Outdoor Kindergarten Early Years Educators (level 3) – Sunny Days Nursery Room Leader / Deputy Manager – Sunny Days Nursery Nursery Manager – Exeter College Nursery Level 3 Nursery Nurse – Grafton Childcare Early Years

Department for Education – EpiPen and EpiPen Junior shortage: advice for schools

There is currently a supply issue affecting EpiPen and EpiPen Junior. This is expected to continue for the remainder of 2018. EpiPen is an adrenaline auto-injector device used in emergencies to treat very serious allergic reactions to insect stings/bites, foods, drugs or other substances. The shortage may mean some of your pupils start using a

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings: guidance

Ofsted have updated guidance for inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. The update clarifies guidance about individuals who start work in settings before their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates are available. Guidance: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

The Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office have replaced the Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation with an updated version: Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Playwork Training – 6th November

Playwork Training 6th November 2018 South Brent Village Hall 09.30 – 16.00 A 1 day course to raise awareness of the legislation and underpinning principles of the play, care and education of children, and how we can meet and implement them. Explore some of the key theories behind the need to provide an affective space

Spread the Happiness Training – 14th November – Uffculme


New funding streams this week include: The Warburtons Trust Community Grant The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust The Silver Family Trust For all the information on all Charitable Funding streams please see our webpage Keep an eye out of social media for #FundingFriday where we will update you on what is available