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Why not come along and join us at any one of our summer term cluster meetings? Our local meetings offer you an opportunity to network with other childminders from your area. Our Early Years Advisors will share with you the current local and national early…

Brand new course: Let’s talk teeth

Published: 14 June 2018
Did you know that children in County Durham have higher levels of dental decay than in other areas of England? We know that developing good oral health habits with our youngest children will shape both current and future health. Good oral health habits formed in…
It’s that time of year when we all like to be out and about in our communities and on trips and outings with the children in our care. Before you go don't forget to think about your procedures and practice! Are your risk assessments up…
The Early Years Census is due to take place on Thursday 18 January 2018. Completion of the Census is mandatory for providers who have registered to provide funded places for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years. This will include all private, voluntary and independent…
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…
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…
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