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Date: 13.04.2016 

30 Hours Free Childcare Consultation

The 30 hours free childcare consultation is now live and runs from runs from 3 Apr 2016 to 6 Jun 2016


The DFE is seeking views on key elements of the operation and delivery of the 30 hours extended free entitlement for the working parents of 3- and 4-year olds.



30 hours consultation document


30 hours consultation mailbox:



Date: 13.04.2016 

CAF Training


We are pleased to confirm new dates have been commissioned.


Course aims:

To ensure practitioners understand where CAF sits in terms of governance, local strategies and drivers.


To ensure practitioners understand:

  • How to use the CAF/TAF documentation/tools. 
  • How to approach a CAF/TAF

·         The key principles of working with families

·         The role of Lead Professional (including skills to chairing a TAF)

·         Step up and Step down

·         The role of Quality Assurance within the CAF process

·         The role of CAF Champion within their organisation


Learning  Outcomes:

The training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a Lead Professional/CAF practitioner. A number of guidance and support documents will be sent you on completion of the course which will act as a resource library for future.


Dates: 9th June, 19th September, 10th November  (all 2016) and 2nd February (2017)


Duration: 9:15am arrival 9:30am Start 16:00 Finish.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable,  If you are interested in booking a place/s please book through our booking portal by clicking on the following link


Date: 12.04.2016 

Government launches new help with childcare costs pages.


A new web page has been launched on GOV.UK which brings together all the current childcare costs information in one place.

This will help parents and carers understand how this information will support them in their working lives.

 This new web page should be useful  when supporting and advising parents and carers if they are in work or thinking of returning to work or training.

Date: 12.04.2016 
INSPIRE - Training and Education
Inspire (adults) and Go2 (young people) is the new Integrated Prevention and Recovery Service for Blackburn and Darwen (BwD), providing a response to individual needs across the life course.

Date: 12.04.2016 
NOTICE - Increase in Scarlet Fever

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the signs, symptoms and the actions to be taken if you become aware of an outbreak at your school or nursery.

Letter to schools and Nurseries

Date: 11.04.2016 

Safe Parenting Programme
New course for parents and carers !!    Safer parenting is a FREE three week programme for parents and families.   It is designed to  raise awareness about the prevention of accidents and injuries in the home, such as burns and scalds, trips and fall etc.    The course will be held at Darwen Children’s Centre.  For more information and to book a place contact Carol Holding on (01254) 778900.  See the attached poster for details of dates and times. Creche provided.

Date: 08.03.2016 
Looked After Children / Children in our Care
On 1st March the Early Years Team launched a PEP Form and guidance to be used for any looked after child registered in early years settings.  It is statutory for 3 year olds to have a PEP (Personal Education Plan) in place.  Social Workers must work with the designated key person at the setting to ensure that this happens.  Social Workers must also forward a copy of the PEP to an Early Years Pep Co-Ordinator.  Lisa Nicholson, Dorothea Newton and Pauline Pate are Pep Co-Ordinators.  Please contact Lisa Nicholson if you have any questions.

Date: 26.02.2016 
Review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards' role and functions
Given the requirement in the EYFS for childcare providers to align their safeguarding policy and procedures with those of their LSCB the EY sector, and childcare organisations in particular, will have an interest in this review.

You may be aware that DfE Ministers have commissioned Alan Wood, a recently retired Director of Children’s Services, to undertake a rapid independent review of the role and functions of LSCBs, with a final report due by the end of March. The
terms of reference can be found here.

Please also see the
letter from Alan Wood with a set of questions on which he would welcome responses from as wide a range of interested parties as possible. Please send any comments direct to Alan – either to his mailbox at DfE,, or electronically through

Date: 18.02.2016 

Date: 20.01.2016 
Logon to Blackburn With Darwen's Parent Portal to check if your child is eligible for 2 year old Free Early Education
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Date: 20.01.2016 
The Government recently published ‘Future in Mind’, a report from The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce (Department of Health, NHS England, 2015).  The report identifies a number of themes, core principles and requirements that are considered to be fundamental to creating a system that properly supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Date: 20.01.2016 
The flowchart below has been developed to assist health, education, early years and social care practitioners in following the agreed multi-agency policy where a non-mobile child is observed with bruising and injuries.

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Date: 20.01.2016 
Date: 28.10.2015 
Transforming Lives Request for Support Form
Dear All,
It states on page 2 that the referral needs to be in by 12 Noon on Monday, this is incorrect as the date has now changed for referrals to be submitted by 4pm Friday prior to panel.

It does state this on page 1.  Please replace your previous copy with the new attached referral form.


Kind regards

Nikki Hobkirk

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Date: 28.10.2015 
Dear Provider,


CAPT and ROSPA are reminding people that:


Button batteries are deadly, and the risk escalates in the lead up to Christmas when flashing toys and musical Santa hats, Christmas cards and decorations flood the market.

If swallowed by a child, the electrical charge from a button battery creates caustic soda inside the body. This can burn a hole through the throat and major blood vessels and children can bleed to death.

Date: 28.10.2015 
Dear Provider,


The LSCB will be supporting an e-safety live event in January 2016, which is delivered by the UK Safer Internet Centre. It will be an information packed 2 hours and is for anyone who works with children and young people. This will take place at Westholme School.


For more information and to book a place, please click on the attached flyer. 

Date: 27.10.2015
Date: 15.10.2015
These sessions will be run on a Tuesday from 4-5pm at Earcroft Childrens Centre, BB3 0HF
Autumn Term 2015
22.09.2015 - 4-5pm - Removing the barriers to Learning
06.10.2015 - 4-5pm - Assessment
03.11.2015 - 4-5pm - Working with Families
17.11.2015 - 4-5pm - Writing an I.E.P
01.12.2015 - 4-5pm - EHCP Submissiojns and "All about me" Meetings
Spring Term 2016
12.01.2016 - 4-5pm - Different Professionals and their Roles
26.01.2016 - 4-5pm - Organising a review meeting
09.02.2016 - 4-5pm - Creating a Communicative Environment
01.03.2016 - 4-5pm - Planning small group sessions
15.03.2016 - 4-5pm - Sensory issues 
These are all 1 hour long workshops for SENCos & Childminders in Blackburn with Darwen, Workshops will Be lead by an advisory teacher from the S.E.N.D. Support service throughout the academic Year.

Date: 24.09.2015

Date: 16.09.2015
Carrying other people’s children / Child car seats

Date: 24.08.2015
E training opportunity – Infant Feeding  Please contact Sue Henry on  for any further advice. The team are also very happy to be asked any further questions and support you to ensure your nursery is up to date with best practise standards.

Date: 21.08.2015

Guidance: Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty

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