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Early Years Alliance top tips for showing prospective parents round your setting
07 Jul
The Alliance explains how settings can welcome and connect with prospective parents in these times of social distancing, staggered start times and strict guidance. Starting at nursery, pre-school or with a childminder is a big thing for many children and their parents; it is often where formal education starts and attachments form with other adults and children. This article explores through experience and case studies how parents might choose a childcare setting in our new ways of living and working.
Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities – early years
07 Jul
This national guidance is for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings now that these facilities can operate. This guidance will be continually updated as the country moves into the next steps for easing restrictions when other guidance relevant to multi-use facilities are produced. Many early years pre-school providers operate from shared premises managed in the community and are likely to be aware of this guidance however, you could signpost them to section 3a specifically about early years and youth provision.
Government response to EYFS reforms consultation
02 Jul
The Department for Education (DfE) has published it's response to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) reforms consultation. The goal of the reforms is to improve outcomes for all children and reduce workload. You can find a summary of the consultation response and a table of changes on the government website.
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
02 Jul
This document is regularly updated in line with the changes; the latest update on 2 July sets out a range of changes to the protective measures in early years settings that will be effective from 20 July: removing the requirement to keep children in small consistent groups within settings (sections 2.1 and 3.3) added new content on risk assessment (3.1) supporting staff with increased risk factors (3.2) and implementing system of controls (3.3) updated the content on attendance at settings for those shielding, with changes to the advice effective from 1 August removed content on vulnerable children because settings are open for all children (section 4) updated content on wraparound care (5.3) updated Early Years Foundation Stage reforms (7.6) and Reception Baseline Assessment (7.7) Specific guidance Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was published on 1 July and we will include more detail in our next email. It is for organisations or individuals who provide community activities, tuition, holiday clubs or after-school clubs for children, as well as their staff and volunteers whether the provision is on the compulsory or voluntary childcare register.
Supporting parents to reconfirm their details for 30 hours and tax-free childcare
02 Jul
During the last 5 months many parents and carers have been supporting their children at home and deal with living with COVID-19. It is understandable that some parents may have forgotten about reconfirming their details for 30 hours and tax-free childcare if they have not been at work. Please remind parents and carers to sign in every 3 months and confirm their details are up to date. If their working pattern has changed because of coronavirus (Covid-19), it’s important that they continue to confirm their details as usual. Most people will still be eligible for support with childcare costs.
Encourage children and young people to tell us what they think
02 Jul
Dorset Council and its partners are inviting anyone up to age 18 to share their ideas through art. Please encourage your children and those you care for to share their thoughts about what would make Dorset the best place to grow up. Their ideas matter, and will help shape the new Children, Young People and Families Plan, which aims to make Dorset the best place to be a child. Read more here about the plan.