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Safeguarding information
Date: 15.07.2015

Ofsted’s Early Years Report 2015

Ofsted has published its annual report for the early years today.

Accompanying the report is a detailed survey exploring teaching and play in the early years which includes links to videos of good practice and detailed exemplification.

Date: 15.07.2015

The Common Inspection Framework: Education, Skills and Early Years


Presentation and notes available from the briefing sessions


Date: 06.07.2015
Disqualification by Association – FEBRUARY 2015

Providers have a legal responsibility to ensure that each member of their staff team is suitable to work with children and is not disqualified from working in childcare.


If a member of staff is living in a household with someone who is disqualified then they too are disqualified from working with children by association. This applies to household members including partners, children including foster children, house share colleagues and lodgers.


We have attached the NDNA FACTSHEET  guidance and tools to assist you for all staff who work with children under 8.  Please see their disclaimers and advice to settings.


Every member of staff needs to complete a staff declaration forms annually in addition to your recruitment and selection processes – see attachment at end of factsheet.


If you become aware of information which may lead to the disqualification of a member of staff you must report it to Ofsted as soon as reasonably practicable but at the latest within 14 days. Failure to do so would be a breach of Early Years Foundation Stage (Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements) Regulations 2012.


If an issue arises  - there is info within the factsheet that may assist you as a disqualified person can apply to OFSTED for a waiver

We advise that you check and update your current documents and procedures and seek legal support if required.

Date: 11.06.2015 

Visit the Foundation Years website for updates on :


·         SEND Case Studies

·         What to Expect, When ? – Best Practice Case Studies

·         Free resource – Communicating the Code  to support those with speech, language and communication needs

·         Further Learn Explore Debate events

Date: 22.05.2015

NDNA’s SEND Champions Project


Free 12 month programme to improve practitioner’s skills in supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.


NDNA is delivering a SEND Champions project supported by Department for Education (DfE). This project is FREE to support nurseries and practitioners to deliver high quality services.


What does the project cover?

The aim of the SEND Champions project is to work with early years practitioners to raise their confidence in supporting children with special education needs and disabilities to lead to improved outcomes for all children.

The intention of this network is to enable settings to support parents in accessing early education entitlement through the ‘Local Offer’ and to support individual practitioners across the whole setting.


What support will Champions receive?

NDNA will support the Champions with a range of resources to be able to provide individual practitioners with the guidance they need to improve outcomes for children.  

This support includes:

·         A 12 month programme working with SEND champions to support their practitioner team

·         Free support, advice and guidance

·         Free CPD for champions

·         Free CPD for practitioners

·         Free regular webinars

·         Free audit tools

·         Free online training and factsheets

·         Access to other Champions via NDNA social media


If you would like practitioners in your area to get involved or if you want to discuss this further please contact Janice Savage on 07811751041 or Nicola Wardropper on 07825925769

Kind regards

Linda Herriott

Business Development Manager

National Day Nurseries Association


Switchboard: 01484 40 70 64                                                

Fax: 01484 40 70 60 

Date: 06.05.2015

The Government has announced that the Childcare Business grant scheme a grant scheme has been extended to the 31st December 2015.

In addition the value of grants has been doubled and is now also open to existing registered childcare businesses that have been operating for less than 1 year. The grants available through the scheme include:

  • £500 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day)
  • £1000 for new childminding businesses, as above, that will provide care for disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business as a result of this)
  • £1000 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

Date: 01.05.2015
NDNA’s New Literacy Champions Project


Free 12 month programme to improve literacy skills in early years. 

NDNA is delivering a Literacy Champions project supported by Department for Education (DfE). This project is FREE to support nurseries and practitioners to deliver high quality services.

Childcare Business Grant

Budding nursery owners or childminders are being encouraged to apply for a slice of £1 million to help them set up their own businesses.


The Childcare Business Grant Scheme is available to support self-employed people who want to set up their own childcare business and provides help with costs such as training, equipment and adapting premises. The scheme today hits a milestone with £1 million paid out, with a further £1 million still available

Date: 24.04.2015
Childcare Investment Readiness Fund

Sam Gyimah has announced plans to encourage social investment in childcare that will complement increased government funding

Businesses looking to expand their presence in the early years market will be boosted by a new £500,000 Department for Education grant to help usher in the new culture through the Childcare Investment Readiness Fund.

Date: 24.04.2015
Early Years Qualifications
Find out if the qualifications held by you or staff working in an early years setting can be included in the staff to child ratio for the EYFS.

Additional Early Years Training

Please see below additional training events.  All of which will be held at Shadsworth Children’s Centre. Please book as usual through

21st May 2015

Safeguarding It’s Everyone’s Responsibility  6.00 – 9.00 p.m.

11th June 2015

Communication & Language Through Story Telling 6.30 – 8.00 p.m.

18th June 2015

Terrific Two’s 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.

25th June 2015

Safeguarding It’s Everyone’s Responsibility 6.00 – 9.00 p.m.


Date: 15.04.2015

The DfE has published four documents relating to children’s safeguarding: two documents are statutory guidance and two are Government advice.


Statutory Guidance

In the attached document the changes in the two statutory guidance documents are outlined.


Please can you ensure that staff, designated safeguarding staff, managers and frontline practitioners are made aware of the changes as they take immediate effect.


Advice for Practitioners

Also published were two documents outlining government advice on Information Sharing and what practitioners need to do when they suspect or identify a child is being abused.


The Information Sharing advice replaces a 2008 document – there are no significant differences in the new document besides a change in the wording in the flowchart on page 12.


The ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’ advice document replaces a 2006 document and has been significantly reduced in length. Overall, the 2015 version provides generic advice on identification of concerns  through to referring them and replaces the detailed guidance for certain roles in the children’s workforce that was in the 2006 advice document.


Both advice documents are intended for use by frontline practitioners and their managers (not just limited to Safeguarding Leads).

Date: 14.04.2015
News Alert – open letter from Sam Gyimah to education and childcare providers

Date: 16.03.2015

Date: 13.03.2015
 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 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.  


Live Chat

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.


Kind Regards

 Date: 11.03.2015
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.

Downloaded a free copy of the What to expect, when? guide.

Printed copies can be purchased from the 4Children website.

Date: 09.03.2015

First Aid Awareness Campaign - St John Ambulance

Date: 11.02.2015 

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


Please contact David Ford – 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 :  


Date: 03.02.2015

Public Health England have issued an urgent alert on bath safety and especially the use of bath seats, following a series of deaths and near misses.

Bath seats have been implicated and according to reports, one in three deaths from accidental drowning involving children aged 0-2 involve bath seats
More information can be found in the below links
Date: 26.01.2014
ASQ-3TM and reviews for children aged 2-2 ½
From 2015, health visiting teams will be using an evidence-based questionnaire called the Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3™) as part of Healthy Child Programme (HCP) reviews at age two, in order to generate data for a public health outcome measure of child development at age 2-2½. The concept of an integrated review at age 2, bringing together the EYFS progress check with the HCP health review is currently being explored jointly by DH and DfE.
Read more about ASQ-3™

Date: 22.01.2014

Free Lancashire mind training – Self Harm Awareness

Improve awareness and understanding of self-harm in Blackburn with Darwen
Date: 22.01.2014
For information
Winning Childcare Challenge: NDNA Annual Nursery Survey 2015



Date: 12.01.2014
Ofsted big conversation event for childcare providers in Blackburn With Darwen
Please click link for more information
Date: 12.01.2014
Institute of Health Visiting
Toilet training is one of those child developmental stages parents can find frustrating and complex. Making the transition from nappy to toilet can certainly be a challenge, particularly if you feel pressurised to start the process before your child is ready. iHV have produced a factsheet on toilet training that can be accessed below

Date: 12.12.2014
Information for what to do to deal with outbreaks of colds and flu

Date: 08.12.2014
Please find attached Norovirus packs from PHE

Date: 05.12.2014
Allergen Information
From 13th December Early years and Childcare providers are required to provide allergen information about the food provided.  
More information can be found at

Early Years Pupil Premium
 Q&A document relating to Early Years Pupil Premium

Date: 15.10.2014

Advice for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Ebola Virus. You may wish to use the following key points from the Public Health England advice to reassure them:


·         The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.

·         Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.

·         It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.

·         There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.
Advice and guidance from Public Health England regarding Ebola is available to download here:-

Date: 24.09.2014
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“Looking after someone else’s child?”


Did you know that after 28 days this becomes a more

formal arrangement called Private Fostering?


If you have been looking after someone else’s child for longer than 28 days, please call us on: 01254 666400

Date: 30.07.2014
Speech and Language Therapy Training Courses and Workshops  

The 2014-15 brochure for Speech and Language Therapy training courses and workshops is now available.

The courses offered are suitable for parents, carers, SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and professionals working with young people of all ages.

Date: 30.07.2014
NDNA – free online training
As a special offer nurseries can access three online training courses for free on the NDNA Early Years Development Zone.
Each course is available to each nursery to complete once.
The courses are:

·         Beginners’ Guide to Nursery Finance

·         Marketing and Sales

·         Managing performance through Effective Appraisal

Date: 30.07.2014
Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms (SEND reforms)
Following the recent Blackburn with Darwen briefings on the SEND Code of Practice   some Frequently Asked Questions have been produced.
 4Children have produced a guide for the SEND reforms for those working in Early Years. This is available on the Foundation Years website. 

Date: 09.05.2014
Revised Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage - to be implemented September 2014
The DfE have published the revised version of the Early Years  Statutory Framework  which is effective from September 2014

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