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Advice From the Department for Education (DfE) for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

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A chance to look closely at the statutory requirements associated with the EYFS Profile. Find out how to book.

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A message from Carolyn Terry, Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency and Sustainability Manager about the new funding rates for the free early education entitlement (FEEE) from 1 April 2020.

Free Ofsted EIF roadshows

09 January 2020
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Want to find out more about the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)? Find out how to register for a place.

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We need to hear from parents to help improve our schools and learning content and related online services. Can you help us reach out to them?

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Advice from Public Health England on how to keep yourself and your little ones cool in the summer heat.

Hungry Little Minds

15 July 2019
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Information about the Department for Education's three year campaign to encourage parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development and ways how on you can support the campaign. Kids love it when you read with them. It all goes in. Every single word.


See the latest update to the Southend, Essex, Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures.

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03 June 2019

Sign-up to our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Newsletter to hear about upcoming courses and other news.

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Important advice for early years and childcare settings and parents.

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Early years and childcare providers, including childminders, must use Ofsted's EY3 form to notify them of certain changes to individuals, including names, addresses and any start or leave dates...

Parental mental health

21 March 2019
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Advice and guidance from the NSPCC about the effects of parental mental health problems on babies and children.

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Information about we protect personal information when sending emails.

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Government guidance to help those who work in early years settings consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online.

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A range of resources released by the Department for Transport's THINK! campaign designed to help practitioners and teachers highlight the dangers of the road to young children.

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Find out about the support on offer for childminders from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

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Guidance by ChildNet aimed at parents with children under five on how to support children in their internet use.

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Example menus developed by Public Health England to show how early years settings can offer food and drink to young children to meet the early years foundation stage welfare requirements.


Nursery World highlights findings in a report by doctors who advise cutting up grapes and similar types of food into halves and ideally, into quarters to avoid young children choking.

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The Childcare Choices website helps parents to find government support. There's also information for childcare providers.

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Advice to early years and childcare providers to ensure that references are checked before employing anyone.

Baby crawling

The Department of Health's infographic to promote physical activity in the under fives.

Got a DBS query?

13 March 2019
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Find answers to the most common questions about the Disclosure and Barring Service by using their website.