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Childminder Spring Cluster Meetings

Published: 22 February 2019
Come along and join us at any one of our Childminder Spring Cluster Meetings. Our local meetings offer you an opportunity to network with other childminders from your area. Our early years advisers will share with you the current local and national early years picture.…

Early Years Census

Published: 14 January 2019
The Early Years Census is due to take place on Thursday 17 January 2019. Completion of the Census is mandatory for providers who have registered to provide funded places for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years. Providers included within the Census are: private, voluntary…

Close the Word Gap in County Durham

Published: 11 January 2019
As part of our 2019 campaign to Close the Word Gap in County Durham (and because we just really love children’s books!) we are launching an exciting new feature! Every month we will share with you a children’s book recommendation. These recommendations can be from one of…
NCFE Cache L3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator in early years settings - this accredited training programme lasts for twelve weeks and will develop attendees' confidence and knowledge regarding effective SEND provision for the children in their care. The aim is to develop the…
The Early Years and Childcare Leaders and Managers Briefing was held on Tuesday 11 December at Durham Leadership Centre. Please find the highlights of the session and the presentations used on the day below: Early Years Funding Early Years SEND update Emergency Resilience HR support for…
Childminders, thank you for another fantastic event! We have received such lovely, positive feedback. We have really enjoyed reading the ideas you have for the future in your setting.  Please find below the handouts used on the day: You can find the Brain development -…
A new version of the Early Years Provider Portal Guide is available to view on our webpage Funding information for registered early years providers in County Durham. Please be aware that there is updated information on how to submit pupil funding adjustments (refer to section 4.6)…

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…

Golden Tickets for two year olds

Published: 21 January 2016
Has your family received a golden ticket?  A targetted mail out has taken place sending golden tickets to all families with children that are eligible for a free play and learn place.  The free 15 hours can be taken in with a Childminder, School or…
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