Tag Archives: Support Services

Your May bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, May 1, 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 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 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.

SfYC Commissioned Support Services

Neil Reader, October 7, 2014

The contract for support services is being re-tendered from 1 April 2015 (see below) and will complement the SfYC Improvement Support Programme. The funding has been secured from Schools Forum to:

(a) provide advice to meet the welfare standards for all early years education provision,
(b) strengthen governance and leadership arrangements for settings, and
(c) raise the quality of early years education delivery within the childminder sector.

Following evaluation of the tenders, we will be able to confirm in early spring 2015 who we will be contracting to deliver services. The current commissioned service providers, Children’s Links and PACEY will continue to deliver the support services up until 31 March 2015.

Your July bulletin from SfYC

Neil Reader, July 3, 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.

  • Provider Briefing
    An additional provider briefing on Early Years Education funding matters –
    Proposed changes to the terms and conditions and claiming processes.
  • Childminding news – July
    The latest childminding news from PACEY.
  • New pre-school in Eastleigh
    An experienced early years and childcare provider is needed to start a new pre-school in the Eastleigh area. Click for further details
  • Two Year Olds – Early Years Education, Department for Education (DfE) promotion campaign
    From July 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) are running a national targeted campaign to raise awareness of the Two Year Old Early Years Education funding scheme. Should you be contacted directly by a parent requesting further information, please ensure you are aware of the most recent criteria and the application process. This can be found, along with a downloadable application form, on the Services for Young Children (SfYC) website:
    http://www3.hants.gov.uk/2-year-old-offer-2
  • Two Year Olds and changed criteria for September 2014
    We would like to ask providers to promote the new 2 Year Old Offer criteria to parents which can be found here; What are the eligibility criteria for families?. Providers are asked to check the children currently on roll who are not claiming early years funding at 2 years old to see if the family’s circumstances now meet the wider criteria. If so, please encourage the family to apply. The September 2014 criteria now support Children whose parents/guardians are receiving Working Tax Credits and have an annual household gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
  • DfE Consultation – Early Years Pupil Premium and Fund for 2 year olds
    This consultation seeks views on the introduction of an Early Years Pupil Premium for all disadvantaged three and four year olds from April 2015 and on moving to participation funding for the early education entitlement for two year olds from 2015/16.
  • Job Vacancy Website
    Further information regarding recent access issues for some settings not able to see the list of vacancies advertised on:
    http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childcare/jobs-2/childcarejobs.htm.
  • Professional Options
    The following portfolio provides information on the additional support services available for purchase from Services for Young Children.
  • Connect, Reflect and Grow (CRG) Training Programme
    The Services for Young Children Inclusion Team are pleased to offer the opportunity for Early Years Settings, Childminders and Family Support Outreach Workers to undertake the Connect, Reflect and Grow Training Programme. CRG is an intervention where practitioners are guided to reflect on video clips of their own successful interactions.
    Flyer giving further details
    Booking form