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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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The National Children's Bureau (NCB) announces new Learn, Explore, Debate events for July 2019...

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Essex County Council (ECC) wants to hear your views about plans for a new special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) strategy. Closing date 31 May 2019.

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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.

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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.