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Dear Early Years Providers
 
Welcome to the final edition for 2018.    

Last month saw a 
'Historic day for Buckinghamshire’ as Government gives green light to unitary council
#https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/news/historic-day-for-buckinghamshire-as-government-gives-green-light-to-unitary-council/


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DISABILITY ACCESS FUNDING
 
As you will be aware, Disability Access Funding (DAF) is available for children receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and to receive this payment (£615 per year), providers need to mark the child as receiving DLA on the claim forms and following issues experienced with over claims on the Spring 2018 payment,  submit evidence that the child is in receipt of DLA.
 
On the Autumn Term  2018 claim, less than 50% of those children marked as being in receipt of DLA were actually found to be eligible for DAF when providers were asked for the relevant evidence. This has been true for the last 3 terms.
  
As it takes a significant amount of time to chase up the submission of evidence. In future no claim for a child marked as being in receipt of DLA will result in a DAF payment, unless the evidence is forwarded to the Funding Team by the relevant claim deadline. The suggested evidence is the DLA award letter that, would have been received by the family at the time they were granted DLA and this can be sent to us via the same route you would use to submit your funding claims.
 
Please contact the Funding Team on 01296 387481, if you have any queries relating to this.
 
Thank you for your support with this.
  
EXTENDED FUNDING
 
Please ensure that all children who will be attending your setting in Spring 2019 and wish to claim their extended entitlement have an eligibility code which meets the validity dates required before allowing them to access the funded hours.
 
If a child is given funded extended hours but is found later to not have a valid eligibility code, we will not be able to fund you for these hours.
 
Please contact the Funding Team on 01296 387481, if you have any queries.
 
 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY HS2 COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS FUNDING

The objective of these funds is to add benefit, over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation, to communities and local economies along the route. This project has a particular focus on those that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2. The maps identifying the HS2 routes in Buckinghamshire can be found following the link below and may affect providers in Chalfont, Wendover, parts of Aylesbury and North Buckinghamshire; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-plan-and-profile-maps-post-house-of-commons-select-committee-2016-country-south
 
If this is you we advise that you explore this opportunity. A Pre-School in Northamptonshire has received £5,442 to improve the safety and accessibility of the children’s play area.
 
For more information on the application process follow this link:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hs2phase-one-how-to-apply-for-community-and-business-funds
EDUCATION INSPECTION FRAMEWORK SEPTEMBER 2019
 
Ofsted are currently developing the new framework which will replace the Common Inspection Framework in September 2019, taking account of research and using it to inform the new framework.  A consultation on the proposals will be launched in the New Year. Please look out for this and respond as it’s important that your views are heard and help shape this important framework for the future of inspection. The final framework will then be published in Summer 2019 and implemented in September 2019. As always we will share further details and information as soon as it is available.
The publication of a new Ofsted registration handbook is in a new format, Ofsted confirms  there have been no changes to its registration policies. 
WHAT IS THE EARLY YEARS FORUM?
  • BCC - Early Years and the  Early Years Service attended by BCC Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
  • Up to 50 members agreed annually representing PVI Managers/Owners, Committees, Childminders, Head Teachers and EYFS Governors across all geographic areas
  • 6 meetings per year aligned with Schools Forum.
  • Preparing recommendations and reports for Schools Forum, receiving feedback from meetings
  • Discussion on key issues & regulation changes focusing on resolutions to improve outcomes/service delivery
  • Acting as a consultative body on the provision of support and improving quality and outcomes for children in the early years sector
  • Review Buckinghamshire’s EY data, setting key priorities and focus for improvement
 
EARLY YEARS PROVIDERS BROCHURE 2018-19
 
The Early Years Providers Brochure for 2018-19 is now available to download here. The brochure details the services that we provide and contains a full list of all the in house training, bespoke support and training courses that are running throughout the year.

  
 
CHILDCARE AND EARLY YEARS PROVIDERS SURVEY 2018 

The DfE has released the childcare and early years providers survey 2018. The findings can be accessed here.
‘MYTH OF THE MONTH'

Myth 1 - Setting Managers cannot be the nominated person for Ofsted purposes for the setting in which they work. Ofsted updated its ‘Registration Handbook’ on 30th October, uploading a new simplified version to their website.  Within these pages it states that
If you register as an organisation, you must appoint a ‘nominated individual’. The nominated individual will be responsible for everything about the registration and will liaise with Ofsted.
The person applying to register can also be the nominated individual if they are either:
  • a member of the governing body
  • the most senior person in the organisation with direct responsibility for childcare
They cannot be the appointed manager, unless the manager is also a member of the governing body.”

Myth 2 – Childminders can make exceptions to the maximum number of children they can care for if they have a good reason to do so. The EYFS states that
3.41. At any one time, childminders (whether providing the childminding on domestic or non-domestic premises) may care for a maximum of six children under the age of eight. Of these six children, a maximum of three may be young children, and there should only be one child under the age of one. A child is a young child up until 1st September following his or her fifth birthday. Any care provided for older children must not adversely affect the care of children receiving early years provision.
 
3.42. If a childminder can demonstrate to parents and/or carers and Ofsted inspectors or their childminder agency that the individual needs of all the children are being met, exceptions to the usual ratios can be made, for example, when childminders are caring for sibling babies, or when caring for their own baby, or to maintain continuity of care. If children aged four and five only attend the childminding setting before and/or after a normal school day, and/or during school holidays, they may be cared for at the same time as three other young children. But in all circumstances, the total number of children under the age of eight being cared for must not exceed six.
 
 
HEALTH (MEDICINES)

EYFS (3.44) page 27 states the following:
The provider must promote the good health of children attending the setting.  They must have a procedure, discussed with parents and/or carers, for responding to children who are ill or infectious, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action if children are ill.
  
The url referred to in Footnote 49 which says ‘Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare Settings which sets out when and for how long children need to be excluded from settings, when treatment/medication is required and where to get further advice’ is now out of date and instead PHE direct people to their updated guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities
 
Here you will find useful information on some of the following:
•           Introduction and infections in childcare settings
•           Prevention and control
•           What to do if you suspect an outbreak of infection
•           Exclusion table
 
If you need advice on specific cases as and when they occur (public health advice not clinical advice) then you can contact:
 
PHE Thames Valley Health Protection Team (South East),
Chilton,
OX11 0RQ
 
Phone: 0344 225 3861 option 4 then option 1
 

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

Caring for children during winter months

As winter approaches, it is important that early years, child care settings and schools are reminded and updated on important health considerations for their pupils/students, parents/carers and staff for the prevention of winter infections.

Public Health England have issued information for professionals in early years and child care settings.  Do read through and take action:

PHE South East winter infection prevention packs for schools/nurseries

https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/info-professionals/public-health/winter/schools-nurseries/

SAFEGUARDING

Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings: updated guidance.


Ofsted has published updated guidance for inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework.
This guidance sets out the key points inspectors need to consider when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. It needs to be read alongside the common inspection framework (CIF) and the individual remit inspection handbooks. The Early Years guidance can be accessed here.

Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006: updated safeguarding guidance
This revised guidance reflects the changes in the new legislation that came into force on 31 August 2018 and replaces the statutory guidance that was issued by the Department for Education in June 2016 and the draft statutory guidance issued in July 2018.
Download the guidance here. Details of the changes to the childcare disqualification arrangements made by the 2018 regulations are provided in Annex A of the appendices.

People connected with Ofsted registered childcare
There is guidance for childminder assistants, people living or working with a childminder, committee members and other people associated with Ofsted-registered childcare. 

Even if you don’t provide childcare yourself, you may need to register with Ofsted if you live or work with a childminder, or if you become part of an organisation that looks after children. Regular visitors to childminding settings such as cleaners and gardeners must complete a EY2 form and undergo a DBS check.  However, Ofsted has confirmed that neither the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework nor Ofsted's registration policies have changed.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-connected-with-ofsted-registered-childcare?utm_source=a8eae637-c0c5-4b25-9c17-ae2957ece0cf&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
Please ensure you use the Buckinghamshire County Council First Response telephone number 01296 383962 for future contact whenever you need to discuss a concern about a child (anyone under the age of 18 years).

For concerns relating to allegations against staff or volunteers  contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01296 382070.
Please see link to the latest BSCB Newsletter
COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY (CONTEST) 2018

The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens and interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence
 
 The Government have recently published the new CONTEST counter terrorist  Strategy 2018.
CANCELLATION OF OFSTED REGISTRATION - SUSPENSION OF TAX-FREE CHILDCARE ACCOUNT

It has always been the case that if a registered childcare provider does not pay their annual Ofsted fee they will face cancellation of their registration. This happened to a provider recently as their reminder notice was not sent to the right address.
As a result of their registration being cancelled their Tax-Free Childcare account was suspended, which means that parents cannot pay their fees to the provider account, thus causing cash flow issues for the provider.
HMRC has confirmed that this is the process and will only reinstate accounts when informed by Ofsted that the registration is reinstated. It can take up to 12 weeks to reinstate the tax-free childcare account.
To avoid this situation arising, arrange to pay Ofsted annual fees by direct debit and ensure that your Ofsted nominated person details are up to date so that correspondence is sent to the correct address.
The Early Years termly calendar is a useful tool to enable you to plan ahead and ensure attendance at key meetings.
 
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The next issue will be out in January 2019.

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If you have any questions regarding this and future Newsletters please do not hesitate to email eydcp@buckscc.gov.uk.
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