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.
Summer 2015 Off For Fun Brochure is now out
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.
Due to the Lancashire network chair Maggie Beswick being in plaster and unable to drive, the PROVISIONAL meeting which was due to be held tomorrow at 11.00 is to be postponed until July.
Maggie will be in touch with a new date and a venue in the near future.
Sue Ridyard from Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub will be leading a session looking at simple ways of using percussion instruments (tuned and untuned) within music sessions in nurseries and schools. Sue works in schools, nurseries and community settings and has been running a Youth Music funded project to develop music in Children’s Centres this year. This will be a practical session with lots of new ideas for you to support musical development and engage children. This training is limited to 20 places.
When: Monday 29th June 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Shadsworth Children’s Centre, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HR
Who: Nursery practitioners, Teachers, Outreach teams, Music leaders
For booking and further information or to be added to the mailing list to receive our newsletter and details of future training contact Sue Ridyard. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07760427049
New and vital strategies for raising attainment of boys
A full day training session to give nursery managers and practitioners the knowledge to raise attainment levels for boys, helping them to become confident, capable and creative.
The workshop will also cover the reasons and triggers for challenging behaviours for all children and strategies to support behaviour management.
For more formation please follow the link
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 Janice.email@example.com or Nicola Wardropper on 07825925769 firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Development Manager
National Day Nurseries Association
Switchboard: 01484 40 70 64
Fax: 01484 40 70 60
Thanks for all those that attended the recent Network Event held at Shadsworth Children’s Centre on the 12th May 15.
Attached is the PowerPoint presentation from the Event.
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.
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.
Please be aware that we currently experiencing some issues with our telephone system.
Engineers are working to address this and the phone lines will be restored as soon as possible
If you need to contact the Early Years business Team please use the Earlyyears.email@example.com inbox to email us with any enquiries.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 01484 407065 OR firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – email@example.com 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