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Update of childcare provider contact details

Published: Monday, 06th January 2014

For the attention of all Childcare providers

Introduction to the Family Support and Early Intervention Division

Published: Thursday, 03rd October 2013

Induction sessions for practitioners

Practitioners are invited to meet with members of the Family Support and Early Intervention (FS&EI) Team to hear about who we are; the work we do around early intervention and early help for children and families and how we can work in partnership to deliver a range of services to support families.

Early Education Capital Grant funding

Published: Thursday, 01st August 2013

Early Education Capital Grant funding is now available for childcare providers within Barnet that offer early education and childcare .

Early intervention and prevention services

Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2013

Acting now, before problems occur or get worse, will help strengthen families, build confidence and skills and enable children and young people to achieve their full potential.

News update - 21 June 2013

Published: Friday, 21st June 2013

Below are a range of recent reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

Nursery ratio changes being scrapped, Nick Clegg says

Published: Tuesday, 11th June 2013

The BBC has reported that plans to allow nurseries and childminders in England to look after more children are being dropped, Nick Clegg has said.

News update - 28 May 2013

Published: Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Below are a range of recent news/reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

News update - 15 May 2013

Published: Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Below are a range of recent reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

New update

Published: Friday, 10th May 2013

Below are recent containing relevant and up-to-date news, research, reports and consultations

Childminder grant from early May

Published: Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

A new grant scheme is being developed by the Government equalities office for new childminders.

News Update- 12 April 2013

Published: Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Below are a range of recent news items, consultation updates and information about new guidance which will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

Consultation on proposal changes to the role of the local authority in early education and childcare

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The Government values local authorities’ important role as ‘champions’ of disadvantaged children and their families. We want local authorities to focus on ensuring that all two, three and four-year olds, particularly the most disadvantaged, take up their entitlement to funded high-quality early education.

Capital funding for new school places

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The National Audit Office says that one in five primary schools in England is full or near capacity and there are signs of “real strain” on places. The quick rise in England ’s birth rate has played a role in driving demand. The NAO advises that a quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by autumn 2014.

Teachers to strike

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The NUT and the NASUWT has announced that teachers will stage a series of strikes in protest at changes to their pay, pensions and workload. The strikes will begin in North West England on 27 June, followed by walkouts in the autumn, region by region and a national one-day strike before Christmas.

Commission to examine youth work & school partnerships

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Youth work’s educational role is to be assessed by an independent commission formed by the National Youth Agency (NYA). The group of youth work and education leaders will investigate how schools can work more closely with youth work organisations to improve young people’s social and personal development.

Lord Chief Justice calls for research into effects on children of giving evidence in abuse cases

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The most senior criminal judge in England and Wales has said that research should be carried out into the long-term effects on those who give evidence about sexual abuse when they are a child; as such evidence would help improve the way in which young victims are treated by the justice system.

Police change approach to missing children’s cases

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Senior police have revealed a new approach to investigating cases of missing people in light of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation case. This new approach aims to target investigations, in future the definition of missing people will be changes to ‘absent’ OR ‘missing’ after a risk assessment has been carried out by the police call handlers.

Primary school sport funding

Published: Monday, 08th April 2013

The Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport are jointly providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to improve the quality of sport and PE for children.