Tag Archives: Children’s Links

Commissioned Services

Neil Reader, March 25, 2015

All current staff working for Children’s Links and PACEY will transfer to Prospects on 1 April. Staff will be attending an Induction day in Bromley for all staff on 1 April so this will be the only day when providers may not be able to reach our staff. However, any provider that needs to contact Prospects urgently may use the following details:

Prospects Dedicated provider number: 01634 816029.

Dedicated email: earlyyears.hampshire@prospects.co.uk

During 1 April and 14 April, Prospects will be carrying out a restructure to meet the needs of the new contract. During this time, the current staff will carry on supporting providers according to existing arrangements. Details of how to make contact with your existing PACEY or Children’s Links contact will be sent shortly.

We will share our new structure and contact details for our new team as soon as this has been decided.

Your March bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, March 9, 2015

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

Your February bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, February 2, 2015

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

Your January bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, January 13, 2015

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

Commissioned Support Services

Neil Reader, January 8, 2015

Services for Young Children has now completed its tender exercise for Childcare Support Services and the contract will be awarded to Prospect Services (part of Prospect Group Co Ltd) and will start from 1 April 2015. This contract will deliver both Childminder and Group Setting support.

Prospect Services comes with extensive experience of delivering support for both childminders and group settings, having operated successful programmes in Medway delivering childminding support and Southampton City Council delivering the Early Years Quality Service for Pre-Schools, among 23 other Local Authority contracts that they deliver. They will deliver support as part of SfYC’s Local Development Team Improvement Support Programme (ISP) to improve outcomes for children.

The existing range of services to childminders and group settings with the current organisations, PACEY and Children’s Links, will continue until March 2015. Prospect Services will work with both PACEY and Children’s Links through the spring term to ensure a smooth transfer to the new service.

We will be providing you with more detail about the range of support that will be on offer from both Services for Young Children and our new commissioned service (Prospect Services) through our provider briefings and updates in our blog.

Your December bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, December 2, 2014

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

Your November bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, November 5, 2014

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

Your September bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, September 5, 2014

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

Your August bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, August 8, 2014

Welcome to the SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.

  • Early Years Education payment terms and conditions April 2014
    We have heard that the results of the DfE consultation have not yet been published and the final version of the Early Years and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, originally due to come into force on 1 September 2014 is not yet available. Therefore, the current version of ‘Early Years Education Payment Terms and Conditions 4 April 2014’ remains in place and we will give the 20 working days notice of change as soon as the DfE confirms its position.
  • Revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
    The revised ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage March 2014’ becomes effective from 1 September 2014. Please click for further details.
  • Ofsted Updates
    Latest quarterly updates from Ofsted.
  • Childminding news – August
    The latest childminding news from PACEY.
  • Charitable Settings Constitution
    It is important that all charitable settings check that their constitution is the correct version on the Charity Commission website. Please click for further details.
  • Training Courses
    New 2 Year Old training course, Safeguarding and various other courses with spaces still available. Please see previous blog article for Leadership and Management and Early Years Foundation Stage courses.
  • SENCo Support Group
    Please note, the autumn term SENCo Support group meeting on 24 September in Fleet has been changed to 23 September, 13:00–15:00. The venue remains the same. You will be advised shortly of the change of date. If you have any queries regarding this support group please call the Hart and Rushmoor Local Office on 01252 814770 or email sfyc.hr@hants.gov.uk
  • Parent/Carer update
    The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer Website is almost ready to go live to the public.
    If your setting has not started drafting your Local Offer, please refer to the information on this page:
    http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childcare/parents/parents-sen.htm
    Further details will be available soon as to the next steps in ‘publishing’ Local Offers when they are complete.
  • Improving Outcomes: high aspirations and expectations for children with SEN
    The final version of the updated Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice has been approved and published.
    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Reforms
    SEND reform poster 1
    SEND reform poster 2
    SEND reform poster 3
  • Starting School in September
    HCC’s Admissions Team are organising posters and postcards to be sent to every Early Years provider in September. Once received, please can you distribute the postcards for each of your rising five pupils? We would also be grateful if you could display the poster in a prominent place and remind parents that they need to apply. Applications for Year R will open on 1 November 2014 and will close on 15 January 2015. Further information can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/admissions
  • Visits within Settings
    Expecting a visit? Information on protocols and what should happen
  • Out of School Club in Waterlooville
    An opportunity is available for an experienced out of school provider

Your June bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, June 5, 2014

Welcome to the new SfYC blog. Every month we will send you a bulletin full of links to useful information and updates. Please check during the month for more urgent news and updates.