Dear Early Years Providers
Following feedback from the sector, the government yesterday published updated operational guidance for local authorities and providers delivering the free childcare entitlements. The updated operational guidance builds on the previous guidance published in April and provides further clarity on eligibility and charging. We hope that you find this helpful in delivering the offer in your area. The guidance can be found here. (published 21 April, 2017, updated 17 July, 2017)
The Department for Education has also published a case study pack which shares good practice from the sector in preparation of national implementation and an updated FAQ document. The case study pack and FAQ can be found here.
Lastly, the DfE has published an evaluation of 8 trials of the 30 hours early education entitlement and the early innovators programme. The research looks at:
- if there were enough available places
- the use of the entitlement by parents
- effects on childcare use and parental work
A slide pack to go with the evaluation can be found here
Early Years Development and Childcare
Consultation: Toy Library and EY Training
We are proposing to introduce fees and charges in Blackburn with Darwen for early years training and also for the toy library membership.
Please see attached information and survey. The closing date for responses is 7th August 2017.
Early Years and Early Help Team
We are proposing to introduce a graduated response to support children aged 3 & 4 years with special educational needs and disabilities accessing funded early year education provision in Blackburn with Darwen.
Within Blackburn with Darwen, there are typically 350 to 410 children aged 3 & 4 years per year identified as having low level and /or emerging needs. To enable us to be truly responsive to their needs, it is intended that the funding is paid as part of the existing early education funding payment arrangements.
For children with a complex needs the proposal means that children will positively benefit from the delivery of a response directly associated to their individualised need.
Please can you complete the attached document and post back to:
Early Years SEND Service
10 Duke Street
Blackburn with Darwen
Consultation: Blackburn with Darwen's Children Centres
Consultation period: 12th June 2017 until 5pm 7th July 2017.
Please click here to view the consultation.
Revised EYFS 2017
The revised EYFS was published on 3 March 2017 and will come into force on 3 April 2017. The revised EYFS is available here.
The revised EYFS includes a requirement that to count in the staff:child ratios at level 3 staff who hold an Early Years Educator qualification must also hold a level 2 English and mathematics qualification.
The revised EYFS also includes the new paediatric first aid (PFA) training requirements that were announced in July 2016 via the government response to the PFA consultation, including that all newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce with a level 2 or 3 qualification must also have either a full or emergency PFA certificate within 3 months of starting work.
A one page guide for providers detailing the changes to the EYFS is also available here.
The DfE has published the early years workforce strategy setting out how the department plans to support the early years sector to remove barriers to attracting, retaining and developing the early years workforce. Commitments contained in this strategy include:
- enabling staff with an Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification who also hold level 2 English and mathematics qualifications, including Functional Skills, to count in the level 3 staff:child ratios.
- consulting on allowing those with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and its predecessor Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), to lead nursery and reception classes in maintained schools.
- working with the sector to develop level 2 childcare qualification criteria.
- improving the quality of early years training and providing access to continuous professional development (CPD).
- providing funding to support the sector to develop quality improvement support in partnership with schools and local authorities.
The government’s response to the Level 3 early years educator: numeracy and literacy requirements consultation can be found here.
Tax-free childcare will start from 28th April 2017 for parents of children under 2, and will be available to all parents by the end of 2017.
Tax Free Childcare is a new UK wide government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare.
For every £8 paid in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child.
It’s for parents with children under 12 years of age (or under 17 if disabled).
Parents apply for a childcare services account at:
The Childcare Services Account is a single online application for 30 hours Funded Childcare and Tax Free Childcare.
For more detailed information go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
New website launched
The government has launched their new website to be a single point of information for parents to access information about funded childcare offers.
Go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
The DFE has published the new government guidance:
Child sexual exploitation: Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation February 2017.
BwD E-Tracker 2017
Following the Network Meeting on 7thFebruary, please see the BwD revised E Tracker which is a Tool to help you when tracking cohorts of children.
The E Tracker (guidelines and the Summary sheet) can be used 3 times per year to summarise your data and plan for the cohorts next steps. (If you were using the previous BwD Preschool Profile then please convert to this one as it has been updated)
The guidelines will explain further and don’t forget that the password is profile. If you are experiencing any problems then please contact Natalie Jones, Lisa Nicholson or Lorraine Swinn.