December 9, 2019

This edition includes: Provider Portal Action, EEF Update, Safeguarding, SEND Survey, EYFS and School Admissions Consultations and Childminders and Income Tax Relief

Requires Urgent Action

Update your Information

There are still a high number of childcare providers who have not yet checked or updated their provision details via the Provider Portal

It is essential that you do this immediately, as failure to do so will mean that we have to make your record non-public, resulting in your details being removed from all Council and National childcare search facilities. This is not our preferred option, but we have to ensure that the information we provide is accurate. If your registration includes a breakfast, after school or holiday club, please make sure you have checked and updated these service details as well.

If you need any help, please email Claire Lawrence or call 01202 261917 for Christchurch and Poole. For Bournemouth email or call Early Education Funding 01202 096660. If there have been no changes to your details, please confirm this by emailing us

Thank you to everyone who has already completed this.


Funding Information for Parents/Carers

Please see updated Early Education Funding Information for Parents/Carers.



Please see updated information on the Early Years Safeguarding web page. Important information has been added.



Survey about additional support for SEND. Please complete and share with parents/carers and children and young people.

BCP Council are using the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) to gain feedback on the effectiveness of additional support being provided to children and young people with SEND.There are 3 surveys – one for parents/carers, one for children and young people and one for practitioners working with children and young people with SEND. 

Please take some time to complete the practitioners survey and share the links to the parent/carer survey and the children and young people’s survey. Please note – children under 16 must have permission from their parent/carer to complete the survey. 


General Information

Have your say - The EYFS Statutory Framework Consultation closes on 31 January 2020

The Department for Education are seeking views from interested parties on proposed changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

The consultation seeks views on:

• Proposed revisions to the educational programmes

• Proposed revisions to the early learning goals

• Proposed changes to the assessment and moderation process for the early years foundation stage profile

A proposed change to the safeguarding and welfare requirements to promote good oral health

School Admissions Consultation

Public consultation on school admission arrangements for 2021/2022. Comments or objections can be submitted directly to the schools or to school admissions email. Unless otherwise stated, the consultation will run from 18 November 2019 to 3 January 2020. Please display this poster to promote this.

Childminders and Income Tax Relief

Some childminders aren’t sure what they can claim income tax relief on when completing their self-assessment tax forms. Fortunately there’s a specific Childminding section in HMRC’s ‘Business Income Manual’ which also gives childminders other avenues to explore in the field of income tax.  

Call HMRC for advice on self-assessments - 0300 200 3310

Coram Family and Childcare Market Research

Coram Family and Childcare have an exciting opportunity to research the market for childcare of mixed groups of deaf and hearing children through commissioned work by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

They would like to hear about any organisations you have worked with who have successfully run childcare or children’s activities which include a mix of pre-school children with and without a special educational need or disability (SEND). Have you worked with or heard of any organisations which fit this description? If so, please get in touch with Josh Cottell, Research and Policy Officer, by email or call 020 72394992. 


CPD Opportunities

Please check for upcoming courses


Childcare Jobs Dorset can be found here to search for / or add job vacancies, information sessions and progressing your childcare career in Dorset.


We hope you have found this useful and informative, please email us with any feedback.