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Changes to eligibility for 2 year old funding
24 Feb
The eligibility criteria for 15 hours for 2 year olds has been extended to include some non-EEA citizens who cannot claim benefits. This has been added to our online information, where you can find out more about who can claim under the new criteria.
Promoting the next 30 hours deadline
24 Feb
As you’ll be aware, parents need to apply now if they want to claim 30 hours from April 2020. If you need information to give to parents, we have A5 flyers with information about both Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours. To request leaflets for your setting, please email familyinfo@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk to confirm how many leaflets you need.
Use technology to kick start home learning in early years
24 Feb
Last week, the government published a list of 6 new apps to help families use technology to support their child’s early education at home. These apps aim to improve reading, writing and speaking and this announcement comes as new data reveals ¾ of children ages 5 and under have used a smartphone or tablet app at least once in the last 6 months. Read more about how to encourage home learning on the Hungry Little Minds website.
Feedback on the new EHC plan forms
20 Feb
Parents have told Dorset Council's SEN Team that they need more help understanding education, health and care (EHC) plans. As a result we've worked with families, professionals and educational settings to design: • a new format for EHC plans • new EHC plan progress reviews, which will replace the current format for annual reviews These new forms are being trialled and feedback is welcomed from parents and professionals. Please send this to: senteam@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.
Registered childcare settings - pay your Ofsted annual registration fee by direct debit
18 Feb
Registered childcare settings can avoid receiving notice of non-payment if they pay their Ofsted early years annual registration fee by downloading and completing the direct debit form.
Completion of Ofsted EY2 forms
18 Feb
To avoid delays in the process, registered childcare providers who have submitted an EY2 form online to Ofsted must regularly check their individual Government Gateway account, as Ofsted may post messages on the account requesting more information or if they’ve identified an error on the form. If Ofsted do not receive a response to their message they may even assume the person is no longer wanting to proceed.