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.
Headcount day is on Thursday 21 January, you have until Friday 29 January to complete your claim. The portal for online claimants will open on Monday 18 January, you must not submit until headcount day itself.
- Quality Improvement Training Programme 2016-17
Information on the Training Subscription.
- DBS checks and disqualification of staff
A recent audit of OFSTED safeguarding actions for childcare providers has highlighted the need for managers to be vigilant in the ongoing checking of the suitability of all staff, including committee members, to ensure a safe and secure environment is provided for children in their care. Please click for further information.
- Community Grant Scheme
The Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant Scheme opens on 5 January 2016 for applications from registered charities and community groups in England, Scotland and Wales who are seeking funding for projects that advance community development in a variety of ways. Please click for further information.
- Prospects – January Update
Spring Term Headcount, EYE Provider Briefings, HMRC Live Webinar on Tax and NI issues affecting Childminders, Newly registered Childminders and Group Providers, Business Email Addresses, Group Settings, Common Inspection Framework Webinars, Ofsted updates, Meet the team.
- Parent / Carers – January Update
Local Citizens Advice, Child Car Seat Safety, Reminder: Starting School Year R (reception) and Year 3 applicants.
- Pre-writing skills – How do you support young children to develop?
The following article has been written to support child development knowledge and to remind practitioners about the importance of providing the appropriate resources, teaching strategies and environments for young children for developing their fine and gross motor skills which are critical part of supporting pre-writing development.
- Children’s Food Trust Resources to Promote Healthy Eating
The ‘Foundation Years’ have produced some useful resources to support early years professionals to promote healthy eating for children. These will support personal development, behaviour and welfare aspect of the Common Inspection Framework (CIF).
- SEND Local Offer – Support from the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS)
A number of our providers have now published their service ‘offer’ on the Hampshire Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer website. If you made reference to EMTAS in your offer please read the following.
- Early Help Assessment e-Learning
The Early Help Assessment is an intervention tool used by all agencies working with a child with additional, unmet needs. Please click for further information.
- Medical Conditions and EpiPen Training
There has been a number of enquiries around managing the medical needs of children. Please click for further information.
- Prevent Duty – Blog Reminder
Advice for childcare providers
- Preparing for Changes to Childcare Registration – Blog Reminder
Update on last month’s article regarding Ofsted questionnaire
- SfYC District Newsletters
2016 spring newsletters (please check dates of training before booking as they are currently being confirmed) – New Forest, Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor, East Hampshire, Havant, Test Valley, Eastleigh and Winchester, Fareham and Gosport.