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Gloucestershire County Council (Section 11) Self Assessment Audit
Published on 26th April 2018
A message from the Children and Families Commissioning team (Section 11)...
As you are probably aware, Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 requires the county council to ensure that the organisations it funds have arrangements in place that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
If you receive, or have received early years funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds in your setting it is essential that you complete the following Section 11 Self Assessment and return it to us, by the 8th June 2018. I would refer you to the Working Together 2018 document where it states early years settings must liaise with local statutory children’s services agencies.
This Self Assessment now replaces the Safeguarding Audit previously completed and returned to Early Years. You will be asked to update this Self Assessment annually so please retain a copy to enable you to update it more easily in the following years.
Can you please take some time to complete the Section 11 Self Assessment Audit, available in our Downloads section. Each question has 3 scoring options:
- Not Met
- Partly Met
- Fully Met
If your setting has been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, you do not need to include supporting evidence with your form when you return it.
If a standard has not been met, or has only been partly met, action should be taken. These actions should be listed in the table and form part of an action plan to ensure all the requirements are met. A timescale of when these will be achieved should make up part of your action plan.
You should take an honest approach to completing the self-assessment tool and if you have any difficulties in completing the form or developing actions please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will support you.
We believe this is a really good opportunity to ensure that there are processes and systems in place to ensure that the welfare of children and young people is promoted and they are protected from harm.
Please email your completed audit to email@example.com
Children and Families Commissioning Team
Amended version of the Local Provider Agreement 2018 to 2019
Published on 18th April 2018
This is for your information only. If you have already signed the Agreement for April 2018 - YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT AGAIN...
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.
4.1.3 Bullet point 4 - Universal Credit - Additional information provided
12.5 Additional Charges - Additional information provided
12.7 Top-up Fees - Additional information provided
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Early Years Business Support team
Published on 12th April 2018
We have developed a generic business support email which can be used by all Gloucestershire Early Years providers requiring business support...
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: email@example.com
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.
Grants to support 30 hours expansion in your provision
Published on 26th March 2018
Gloucestershire County Council is pleased to announce that we have been successful in being awarded £20,000 to manage a small grants scheme to support the expansion of 30 hours provision for 3 & 4 year olds...
We are seeking applications from any provider who wants to expand their provision to accommodate new 30 hours places. The maximum grant you can apply for is £2,000 which can be used to support small adaptations to the building where you run your provision from or the purchase of equipment to support new additional 3 & 4 year old 30 hour places. Please note that the new places must be made available during this Summer Term of 2018, and you must evidence clearly how you will ensure that this can happen. The application form is accessible in the Downloads section.
If you are in rented or leased accommodation eg village/church hall, then you must have written permission to alter the premises and this must be attached to the application form. Also if you need planning permission for your alterations you must have this in place already, as places must be ready for use in the summer term 2018. This is a stipulation of the funding from the Department for Education. Please note, we will not consider any application that does not have either of the above permissions already in place.
The closing date for applications is Friday 27th April 2018. If you would like to discuss your plans before applying you can contact Liz Giles on 01452 328518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s only.
A panel of local authority officers will consider the applications, and applicants will be informed of the outcomes by Thursday 10th May 2018.
Childcare Business Grant scheme to continue after March 2018
The DfE has confirmed that the Childcare Business Grant scheme will continue after March 2018 subject to updated terms and conditions...
Whilst there is confirmation that the scheme will continue after March 2018, the details of the terms and conditions are still being finalised and will be published as soon as possible. In the meantime, any Childminders that have received Ofsted certificate should apply to the scheme as normal. Further details will be provided shortly.
Letter from the Director of Public Health & Commissioning of Children's Services
Guidance regarding the recent increase in cases of Scarlet Fever, please download your copy from our Download section...
The letter is an opportunity to remind you of the signs, symptoms and the actions to be taken if you become aware of an outbreak at your school or nursery.
To read the full letter please download a copy from our Download section to the right of your screen.
Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers 2018
DfE will be piloting the Survey of Childcare and EY providers in January and February 2018. The main fieldwork is scheduled to take place from April to June 2018, with letters being issued from March 2018...
All providers invited to participate will be contacted in writing. This initial communication will include an opportunity to opt out of further contact about the survey, FAQs and a contact at the Department (the letters will include the team email inbox as the contact point) so providers can check the legitimacy of the survey.
This major research study is carried out on behalf of the Department for Education by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Frontier Economics. The evidence it gathers is crucial in providing an accurate picture of the childcare and early years sector and how this may have changed since the survey was previously carried out.
Why take part?
With changes across the sector and larger government involvement including funding reforms and the introduction of 30 hours free childcare, it is vital to understand how these changes are affecting different types of early years providers.
Taking part involves a short telephone interview with a NatCen interviewer.
More information, including details about how the data will be used, is available at www.natcen.ac.uk/childcaresurvey.
The 8th Early Years Entitlements Bulletin
The 8th Early Years Entitlements Bulletin for providers is available in the Downloads section...
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 email@example.com if you have any queries.
The 2017 SEND Audit Analysis
The SEND Audit for Gloucestershire early years settings was initiated in Summer Term of 2017. A report has now been produced, please see the Downloads section...
In Gloucestershire there are currently 371 Daycare provisions and 439 Childminders. There are also 11 children’s centres none of which have early years provision. This gives a total of 810 early year’s settings altogether.
The total number of settings who completed the audit was 513, in comparison to 313 last year. This is a 63% response rate in comparison to 35% last year.
Disability Access Fund (DAF)
The Early Years Service have produced a DAF guide for early years practitioners and parents...
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
The developed Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support and supporting tools for all children with additional needs, is now live...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.