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Latest news, national and local information through Provider Update Eblasts and details from the termly provider briefing sessions.

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Provider Update eblasts - the latest news from the service is available through the provider update eblasts which are issued around the 1st and 15th of each month.

February 2018

Work Pension Schemes

This is a reminder that as of April 2018, the pension contribution will be increased. All those enrolled on a Pension scheme must pay a minimum of 3% of their Annual Salary with employers contributing 2%. This will go up further in 2019 to 5% for employees and 3% for employers.

University of Northampton taster sessions for Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years

On Friday 23 February 2018 9:30am to 12:30pm and on Wednesday 11 April 2018 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Both at Forest Lodge Education Centre, Charnor Road, Leicester, LE3 6LH.

The Foundation Degree is the next step in professional development and early years practice for anyone who holds a relevant Level 3 Qualification.

January 2018

Playscheme Funding launched for the Summer holidays

Applications are invited for interested parties to offer playschemes through the summer school holidays.

Tax-free childcare rolled out to all children under nine

Parents whose youngest child is under nine can now apply online for Tax Free Childcare. From 14 February 2018, the support will become available for all families with children under 12 years old. Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for Tax Free Childcare by visiting the Childcare Choices website. You can also find the government’s childcare calculator here, which can help you work out which government childcare support option is best for you and your family.

HMRC useful online support

HMRC’s YouTube channel has a range of short videos on 'Self Assessment' covering topics such as:

For more information dip into the 'business expenses for the self-employed' e-learning guide, available at a time that suits you. To help you budget for your Self Assessment tax bill, there’s a handy 'Ready Reckoner’ tool on G‌.U.

December 2017

Celebrating difference and challenging gender stereotypes in the early years foundation stage

Stonewall has produced a guide which highlights best practice in celebrating difference, including LGBT people, and proactively challenging gender stereotypes in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Getting Started (PDF) provides a clear roadmap for early years providers to create an inclusive environment where every child can thrive. It outlines how providers can meet and exceed their Ofsted and legal requirements in this area, and features ideas, tips and case studies for inspiration.

HMRC Online support

Want to complete your 2016-17 tax return and don’t know where to start? Let HMRC help with a range of digital products to make it easier for you. You can choose from a selection of live or recorded webinars, online guides and short YouTube videos to support you in completing the return.

HMRC Self Assessment made easy

November 2017

New parent communication toolkit

The DfE has produced a new parent communications toolkit, to provide further information to parents about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare. The toolkit includes materials such as:

  • Customer journey infographics for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare
  • ‘Top things parents and providers should know’ Q&A
  • A factsheet for parents on how they can use their 30 hours’ entitlement
  • Pre-drafted emails to parents and providers to inform them of the application deadline and reconfirmations

A glossary for parents and providers to help explain key words associated with 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare

Support for the self-employed – anytime, all the time
For more information, available at a time to suit you, try our e-learning Tax guide.

October 2017

Nursery business toolkit

NDNA supported by the Department for Education have just launched a free online toolkit to help nursery businesses

The EYBZ provides a range of tools, advice and industry expertise to help you sustain a healthy business, developed by the sector for the sector. The website was launched in September and businesses can register their details.

Safeguarding procedure manual updated

The LLR LSCB multi-agency safeguarding procedure manual has been updated

September 2017

HMRC has launched the Small Business Online Forum for small businesses and the self-employed.  

With links to HMRC’s new dedicated webchat service, getting direct support couldn’t be easier. The forum offers a quick and easy way for members to get advice and useful hints and tips with: 

  • starting a business
  • support for growing a business – including taking on employees and expanding
  • completing tax returns
  • tax credits

Provider Update Eblasts

Provider emails that are sent to all childcare providers. These are sent every two weeks around the 1st and 15th of the month.

8 February 2018

22 January 2018

19 December 2017

5 December 2017

6 November 2017

17 October 2017

3 October 2017

18 September 2017

4 September 2017

17 August 2017 - Training Edition

7 August 2017

3 July 2017

19 June 2017

5 June 2017

15 May 2017

2 May 2017

EYFS 3i Events

These termly information briefings are crucial for ALL PVI settings and childminders. They will help you keep fully up to date with service news and the local and national perspective and updates. They offer an ideal opportunity to network with service colleagues, partners and other providers in your district. Good practice sharing will also be a feature of each session to ensure improved outcomes for all children.

Autumn term 2017 EYFS 3i Event

Slides to the two presentations delivered by Hempsalls are now available to view:

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Information for Schools

EYFS Profile Assessment

Best Practice

The 0—5 Early Learning and Childcare Service has recently developed some best practice top tips to highlight what works well when links are strong between schools and governor-run early years provision.

Baseline Assessment Update April 2016

On April 7th 2016, the DfE announced what was happening with the baseline assessment for 2016-17. Please click here for further information and latest updates can be found at:

Reception baseline assessment: guide to signing up your school

Reception baseline comparability study published

Early years provision on a school site

Updated Ofsted factsheet about registering school-based provision of childcare with Ofsted

On 25th February 2016, Ofsted updated their guidance for schools about when they must register their early years or childcare provision with Ofsted.

This factsheet sets out when a maintained or independent school must register its early years or childcare provision with Ofsted, where this provision is made directly by the school and managed by the governing body. There is also information about early learning or childcare provision on a school site not made directly by a school but through a private provider.

There is useful information for schools who are converting into academies to consider in respect of early learning and childcare provision offered on site. Finally, there are examples of how provision is run on school sites with clarification around the registration and inspection arrangements.

Schools who are considering either establishing governor-run early years provision, or working with a private provider to offer early years provision on the school site can contact Dionne Royston at for further advice, guidance and support from the 0-5 Early Learning and Childcare Service.

New resource: Leap into Writing: Creative Ideas to support Early Writing Development

The second cohort of 30 Leicestershire Reception teachers have now competed their LEEP funded Early Writing project. Facilitated and led  by Gillian Sykes and Shona Lewis from the University of Northampton (Early Years), this year long project culminated in a successful conference at the Curve theatre, Leicester on the 24th June, 2016. Following this conference we are now pleased to release a new resource pack.

This pack consists of a set of posters documented and created by the participating teachers’. They are a set of tried and tested ideas to inspire children to become enthusiastic ‘writers’. It is hoped that these posters will be used extensively by Early Years teachers and practitioners across schools in Leicestershire and beyond to help children to become independent, confident and motivated writers. These posters compliment the ‘Putting the ‘Wow’ into Early Writing Development’ ebook from the first cohort.

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Early Writing Development ebook resource

Following the success of the LEEP funded Early Years Writing Project, the 0-5 Learning Team are now able to share the ebook with all Leicestershire teachers. This is in a PDF format.

This ‘ebook’ is intended to provide a platform on which to share the work of an enthusiastic and dedicated group of reception teachers. These teachers took part in the LEEP funded project entitled ‘Putting the ‘Wow’ into Early Writing Development.

Commissioned by the 0-5 Learning service, Gillian Sykes and Shona Lewis from the University of Northampton (Early Years) facilitated and developed a ‘writing project’ to ‘bring early writing opportunities to life in reception classes’. This project, established as a ‘community of practice’, enabled teachers to share and develop their knowledge and understanding of how to inspire and motivate four and five year old children to become confident, keen, independent writers.  This book is their work, and it is hoped it will inspire EYFS practitioners across Leicestershire schools.

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