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 via by following us on Facebook.

Child Sexual Abuse – The Brook Tool

This is a highly acclaimed Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool  which supports professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. It is designed to: help professionals categorise the sexual behaviours of  children and young people make decisions about safeguarding children and young people assess and


Who will qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

Information on who will or will not qualify for 30 hours free childcare can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility


Launch of Tax-Free Childcare

UK families will soon see bills cut as the date is announced for the launch of Tax-Free Childcare. For more information please see: http://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-families-will-soon-see-bills-cut-as-date-announced-for-the-launch-of-tax-free-childcare


Childcare Choices – New government website for parents

This week, the HM Government Childcare Service has introduced its Childcare Choices website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk This website brings together all the government childcare offers for the first time, helping parents find the right childcare support to suit them. A toolkit has been created to provide you with all the information you need to know on Childcare


Spam emails from ‘Ofsted’

It has been brought to our attention that some members of the public have received spam emails, purportedly sent from an ofsted.gov.uk email account, prompting them to confirm their payment details via PayPal. If you have received a suspicious email like this one, please delete it immediately and take no further action. This is a


Have you got a news story?

If you have a news story to share with early years and childcare providers across Devon please send it in to us at mailto:digest@devon.gov.uk


Let’s Talk More Everywhere in March/April

This month’s strategy is : Use objects, pictures and gestures to help your child understand LTME Strategy March-April LTME Strategy Poster March-April For more information please see the Let’s Talk More webpage  


Annual Survey of Providers 2017

  Thank you to all who responded to the Annual Survey of Providers. Overall, 75% of you completed the survey which will enable us to plan for the future and provide the support, advice and guidance you need. The survey is currently being analysed and the results will be published soon.


Congratulations – Outstanding Ofsted

Congratulations to Veronica Norman on receiving an Outstanding Ofsted outcome. Well done and keep up the good work!


New update service for early years and childcare providers

Friday the 17th March is the launch date for the new digest for early years and childcare providers in Devon. All information, guidance and news from the Early Years and Childcare Service will now be published online, and a digest delivered to your email inbox every Friday morning. The content of the digest will be