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The Spring term is now open on the Provider Portal on up to and including 4 December 2017, for all registered settings to import their expected estimated hours per week for the Spring term 2017/18. This will enable the Early Years Funding Team to process…
Find out about the SEND Promise for County Durham - a children and young people's charter for SEND covering education, health, activities, employment and more.
From Thursday 5 October 2017 parents will be able to check whether they are eligible to apply for 15 hours free play and learn through our new Parent Portal. Parents will submit their information and find out straight away whether they are eligible. They will…
Durham Employment & Skills can help you back into work and to improve your career by gaining the skills that local businesses really need. Interested? Contact us and we'll see how we can help.Email DES@durham.gov.uk call 03000 266 644 or visit www.durham.gov.uk/des
We have created flowcharts to help you with the process the first looks at dealing with parents and offering places, the second with how to register to offer the funded places! 30 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds – funding process guide…
For the attention of schools and PVI Group based childcare providers. As you will be aware the new 30 Hour entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year old children is due to commence in September 2017. Further details of eligibility and frequently asked questions are…
Some parents will receive a temporary eligibility code when they apply for the 30 hours free childcare, see attached from the DfE for the background. Please verify these codes as normal through the Synergy Provider Portal. The parent will get a new permanent code when…
The new Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017 has been published. You can find the new version on Gov.uk's Early years (under 5s) foundation stage framework page. The EYFS framework published in March 2014 remains in force until 2 April 2017.…

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme

Published: 24 February 2017
The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is now open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and childminder agencies in England. There are three types of grants available: A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises…

Big Lottery Reaching Communities Funding

Published: 06 February 2017
Reaching Communities is a £200 million grants scheme that provides funding for voluntary or community groups to make positive changes in local communities for projects that help communities develop happier and stronger relationships with each other, help tackle local social problems, and make lasting and…
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