News Alert – open letter from Sam Gyimah to education and childcare providers
NW member event & Lancashire Network - 23rd April
We would like to invite you to the Lancashire NDNA network meeting – please see the details below.
For catering purposes please can you email back to email@example.com if you would like to attend the Network event?
We originally held the AGM on 17 March 2015 at which we received a nomination and confirmation for the network chair’s role. The purpose of the meeting will be to officially present the network chair and engage members in discussions on issues affecting them in the area. We will also be looking for nominations to fill the role of secretary and treasurer. If you would like to put yourself or someone forward for these positions please fill out the attached nomination form and either email to me or bring with you on the day.
If you are not yet an NDNA member, on this occasion you can attend this meeting free of charge to hear how networks support local members. Non members are unable to take part in the election process.
If you would like to find out more about membership please do give us a call.
Thank you and best wishes
Thursday 23 April 2015, 11.00 - 13.00
Marriott Hotel Preston
If you require any additional information regarding membership or would like to confirm your attendance please contact either Halie Ann Headley, National Membership Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01484 407065 OR email@example.com 01484 407070 ext 239
Childcare Voucher Scheme Update
The Fideliti Team would like to take the opportunity to update you on some new developments.
Tax Free Childcare
This week the Government has announced the introduction of Tax Free Childcare from Autumn 2015 which will be available to all eligible employees. It is important to note that you will not lose your entitlement to the existing childcare voucher scheme and this will be available for as long as your employer continues to offer the scheme.
Not all parents will benefit from the new scheme and may find they may be better off remaining on the current childcare voucher scheme. As a parent you will be able to choose which scheme is more beneficial to you and your family. We are in the process of developing an online calculator which will be available on our website in the few days to assist you in making the right choice.
Further information is available on the Tax Free Childcare scheme by visiting www.gov.uk or by telephoning 0300 200 1919.
Fideliti Mobile App
At the end of 2013 we launched our new mobile app which has been designed with the working parent in mind and will now make managing your Fideliti Account even easier. It’s a free app that is available to download now from Google Play or the App Store. So far over 7500 parents have downloaded the app and the feedback we have received has been really positive. It’s easy and intuitive to use. Download it today to see for yourself.
Our online chat facility has also proved to be increasingly popular month on month since its introduction in 2012, with over 300 parents now using it on a monthly basis. It can be accessed from our website and allows you instant access to a team of dedicated advisors, available online to assist you with any enquiries during working hours.
Facebook and Twitter
We post regular updates on both our Twitter and Facebook pages. You can follow us on Twitter @Fideliti_UK or be a friend on Facebook!
Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA)
In 2013 Fideliti joined the CVPA which is the industry association established to represent the views of childcare voucher provider companies and to formulate best practice which protects all stakeholders' interests.
ISO 9001 and 27001
In July 2013 we successfully achieved the ISO27001 certification which requires us to put in place and maintain adequate security controls to protect information assets at all times.
We also achieved our recertification for ISO9001 in October 2013. This demonstrates that the quality systems we have in place show our commitment to improving customer service, staff motivation and continual improvement.
We will be sending further updates throughout the year with regards to the Tax Free Childcare scheme and developments here at Fideliti. If you do not wish to receive these update emails please reply to this email and let us know. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Lancashire Mind is holding Self harm awareness training sessions funded by Blackburn with Darwen Public Health to improve awareness and understanding of self harm. (Please see attached poster).
The next training session is on Monday the 16th March 2015 at King's Court, 33 King St, Blackburn BB2 2DH (next to Farmfoods) from 10.30 am - 1.30 pm. If you would like to attend please would you kindly complete the attached booking form and email to myself.
Also, if you would distribute to anyone whom you think would be interested in attending.
What to Expect, When? - A Parents Guide
The purpose of this booklet
is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.
First Aid Awareness Campaign - St John Ambulance
For a full list of upcoming events click HERE
NDNA Online Training
We have purchased some additional NDNA online courses which you can access for free:
· Food hygiene
· Health and Safety for childcare practitioners (Limited to 2 places)
· Recruitment and selection ( for managers or deputies in group settings only )
For details of the course see the NDNA website www.ndna.org.uk
Please contact David Ford – firstname.lastname@example.org to request a code
You can also access free NDNA online courses ( no code required ):
EYFS – the basics
4 online business and management courses free until 31st March :
· Beginners Guide to Nursery Finance,
· Marketing and Sales,
· Business Planning and Expansion,
· Managing Effectively
For details visit : www.eydz.co.uk
Better Inspection For All
Consultation response has been published today, Click on the following link for more information