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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…
The Government's response to Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF) consultation can be found in the factsheet provided on this page. Early Years National Funding Formula - Factsheet on the Government Response Further information is also available on the 30 hours childcare resources page of…
As a provider of Free Play and Learn places for two year olds and/or Early Education entitlement for three and four year olds in County Durham, find out about changes to the way you claim funding that will take effect next year. We are investing…

County Durham’s First Baby Conference

Published: 24 October 2016
County Durham’s first baby conference combines the launch of The Durham Baby Project with a fusion of inspirational keynote speakers who will both stimulate and inspire practitioners working with our youngest learners or supporting those who do. The Durham baby room project celebrates the important…

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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