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Paediatric First Aid reimbursement

We are pleased to announce that reimbursement to practitioners completing their Paediatric First Aid training will continue for the year April 2019-March 2020. Details on how to apply are on the GCC training page of our website.

Paediatric First Aid reimbursement
The Business Support Newsletter

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Latest news & updates

Nursery Funding Portal workshops

Published on 12th July 2018

The focus will be on:

  • Entering accurate data onto the Provider Portal to claim nursery funding
  • Entering eligibility codes for 30 hours funding and using the reports to check dates of eligibility
  • How to stretch, apportion and amend funding claims
  • Understanding how to overcome barriers to claim the 30 hours funding
  • Recognising how they can work in partnership with other providers to claim the entitlement
  • Providers will be able to share their experiences of delivering the offer, both positive and challenging.

Please visit our GCC EY Training webpage for more details and to book your place.


Early Years Service Request Form

Published September 2018

Please click here to visit our Early Years SEND webpage to download the new Early Years Referral form which should now be used by all practitioners for all referrals, whether for whole setting support or for support for individual children.   Please delete all previous forms and use just this one for all your Early Years referrals.  We suggest you download the form from the Early Years SEND webpage, for each referral rather than saving this form to ensure you always use the most up to date version.

Please also note our new generic email address (eyservice@gloucestershire.gov.uk), which should be used for all referral forms and for all other Early Years enquiries.  This email address replaces all previous email addresses.

We hope you will find the form simple to use and easy to navigate; however we would welcome any feedback or suggestions.  Please send your comments to eyservice@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Amended version of the Local Provider Agreement 2018 to 2019

Published on 18th April 2018

Please note this is for information only.  If you have already signed the Agreement for April 2018 - YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT AGAIN

Gloucestershire County Council produced the annual Local Provider Agreement 2018/19 in January 2018, ready for childcare providers to be able to access the early years funding from April 2018.  However, there are some changes which we have been advised of by the Department for Education, and these changes are highlighted below.

4. Eligibility

4.1.3    Bullet point 4 - Universal Credit - Additional information provided

12. Charging

12.5     Additional Charges - Additional information provided

12.7     Top-up Fees - Additional information provided

13.1 Payments

13.1.2   Payments - New information

13.1.2   becomes 13.1.3 - No change of information

13.1.3   becomes 13.1.4 - No change of information

13.1.4   becomes 13.1.5 - No change of information

13.1.5   becomes 13.1.6 - No change of information

13.1.6   becomes 13.1.7 - No change of information

13.1.7   becomes 13.1.8 - No change of information          

Should you have any queries regarding any of the above please contact Sarah Spencer, Early Years Market Management/Business Lead by e-mail: sarah.spencer@gloucestershire.gov.uk


We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Early Years Business Support team

Published on 12th April 2018

Business support will be accessed via eybusinesssupport@gloucestershire.gov.uk, or by telephoning 01452 427224.  We have also created a dedicated webpage, please click here to visit.   

The support provided within the team can include:

  • Access to Gloucestershire business tools, factsheets, case studies, templates and training
  • Signposting to external sources for advice and support
  • Face to face training sessions
  • One to one support.

We are keen to develop resources that will suit your needs so please do let us know of any ideas/information you would like to see in the near future via the business support email: eybusinesssupport@gloucestershire.gov.uk

We will be launching a Business Newsletter which will be following under separate cover.  We intend to make this a bi-monthly publication with alerts being sent in between with any important updates.  We would value your contribution to this newsletter and would welcome requests of  business matters you would like to be included.  We will be monitoring requests of support and collating a FAQ area within the publication.


The 8th Early Years Entitlements Bulletin

The Bulletin provides important information for providers who are delivering the extended entitlement (up to 30 hours) including details on communications to parents about applying for 30 hours before the 31 December, reshaping of Education Services and the Gloucestershire Local Provider Agreement 2018-19 and other useful information. Please contact the Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or email familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk if you have any queries.


Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund was introduced in April 2017 to ‘enable Early Year’s Providers to anticipate and make reasonable adjustments to their provision and increase the capacity to support disabled children and children with special educational needs’.

Please look to our Downloads section to download a copy of the guidance for early years providers and a parents guide.

The DAF guidance outlines the following:

  • Who is eligible?
  • How do we identify eligible children?
  • How do we access this?
  • What can we use the funding for?
  • Useful links of resources, information and training for early years practitioners.

The Graduated Pathway

All information about the Graduated Pathway including the tools, templates and guidance can be found on the Glosfamilies Directory.

To support use of the pathway, we want to let you know of some arrangements in place:

  • A new Information for Practitioners section on the Glosfamilies Directory has also gone live providing a centralised point of reference for professionals. Practitioners have the option to register with Glosfamilies Directory, enabling them to access additional information that is hidden from public view.  To do this, please follow the instructions here
  • The Awareness sessions for practitioners are booking up fast. If you have not already booked a place, please see here
  • We have also developed a range of Early Help training modules which can be found here
  • We have developed a 'Notification template' for partners to record support they are providing to children to bring together all activity being provided to specific children and their families. Further information can be found here

The SENCOSPOT website will remain and where appropriate link to the Glosfamilies Directory. The Early Help webpage has been updated and references to the Glosfamilies Directory for all information on the graduated pathway.

We would like to say a huge thank you again for your contribution in developing this pathway. We will continue to provide regular updates to developments to the Graduated Pathway.

If you have any queries about the graduated pathway or supporting tools, please contact earlyhelppathway@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

 

 

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