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Safeguarding information
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: 12.03.2015
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.

 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
Early Years Network

Thank you to all those who attended the Early Years Network.

The next network event is scheduled for Tuesday May 12th 2015


For a full list of upcoming events click HERE

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

Better Inspection For All

Consultation response has been published today, Click on the following link for more information
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: 03.02.2015
St John Ambulance, The Chokeables Advert: Save a Choking Baby

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: 19.10.2014
In September 2013 the LSCB endorsed the findings and recommendations of the multi-agency CAF review and in October 2013 CAF was highlighted as the underpinning tool of the Early Help to support children and their families requiring early help.

Since then a multi-agency steering group have driven the development of new paperwork, an electronic CAF recording system, quality assurance processes and a training programme in answer to the recommendations made in the report, presented to the LSCB.

In the past month we have briefed current CAF lead professionals and key colleagues on the changes that have taken place.

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: 07.10.2014

Dear Provider,  Please note the SEN & Disability 0 – 25 Local Offer has gone live.  Please follow the link below.


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: 05.09.2014

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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