July 22, 2019

This edition includes: Two Year Old Funding, Safeguarding Update, Children's Therapy Services, Parents Survey, DfE Childcare Fees, SNAP and Training


Two-Year-Old Childcare Funding Postcards

Two-Year-Old Childcare Funding Postcards 

Please find attached an example of the postcard which is sent to families who have a child eligible for two-year-old childcare funding. Eligibility is based on a mailing list sent to us, twice termly, by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  This postcard is proof of entitlement and no further checks by childcare providers are required.

If you are presented with a postcard before the marked expiry date, please register the child using a Parent/Carer Declaration form and add them to your Synergy Provider Portal, recording the reference number (which is found underneath the address) under the ‘Notes’ tab.

If you have any queries regarding this process or the postcards, please contact either Iwona 01202 096660 or Darren 01202 261989 or email.


Safeguarding Update 

A system-wide re-design is underway across BCP, focusing on Early Help, Early Years & Youth Services, Adolescents at Risk and Alternative Provision. You are invited to one of two events in September specifically for DSLs for a collaborative discussion. 

LSCB Training

Please see the latest training newsletter from the LSCB.

LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Children Course (Initial – 1 day) for Childminders

Childminders who have signed up to the Provider Agreement to draw down Early Education Funding must complete the Multi Agency training as stipulated in the agreement.   If you have already completed this training, then you need to update it every 3 years, the same as your Level 2 Safeguarding training. Please see page 4, paragraph 3.3 of your provider agreement.

These are some of the next available dates (there are more during the day, but you can look and book through Dorset Nexus)

  • Thursday 24 October 09:30 – 16:30 Cobham Sports and Social Club, Wimborne
  • Saturday 26 October update 09:30 – 16:30 The Orangery Suite Merley House, Wimborne
  • Saturday 22 February 2020 09:30 – 16:30 Cobham Sports and Social Club, Wimborne


Children’s Therapy Services Training Courses 

Children’s Therapy Services at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has just published a list of twilight training courses for 2019-2020.  These sessions are for staff working with children in schools, pre-schools and nurseries. 

General Information

DfE Consultation on Early Years Childcare Fees

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a public consultation seeking views on a proposed increase to the application fee and the annual fee paid to Ofsted by childcare providers on the Early Years Register, with a view to changes coming into force from April 2020. 

The DfE is also seeking views on the principles that should underpin a revised Early Years Register fee model to be introduced from April 2021. 

The consultation is available here and will run for 12 weeks from 18 July to 9 October 2019.

Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic

A Sussex nursery owner has launched a free online platform to help nurseries across the UK become more sustainable. Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic (SNAP) is and online resource forum where nurseries can share ideas and advice on how to operate more sustainably. Ms Lloyd-Evans said, “SNAP was born from a passion to change and provide a better world for our children.

Parents Survey 2019

We are currently seeking parents views on the childcare they use as part of our Childcare Sufficiency Assessment. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and asks for their experience of using and finding childcare, early years education and out of school provision. Everybody who takes part has a chance to enter a free prize draw to win a £250 shopping voucher for a shop of their choice. Please help us by promoting this to your parents before the deadline on Friday 2 August.

BCP Provider Facebook Group

A reminder about the Early Years Sub Group, made up of Providers and LA officers which would like your views to help shape future agendas.This Facebook group, BCP Early Years Providers Information group, is specifically for setting Owners, Managers, Leaders and Childminders operating within BCP.  

CPD Opportunities

Early Years Conference:  Interacting or Interfering?

Professor Julie Fisher, independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University, will examine the knowledge, timing and sensitivity necessary to interact effectively with young children. Through the use of DVD footage delegates will have the opportunity to explore the role of the practitioner in both adult-led and child-led situations, providing opportunities to reflect on how to tune in to children's current thinking and how to respond in ways that are of benefit to learning and development. 

Saturday 7 September from 09:00 to 15.30 at the Village Hotel, Bournemouth

For further details and to book your place, please visit CPD online

Please check for upcoming courses 

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