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Updates to GCC Early Years Distribution List: Deadline 30th September 2020

Published on 28th September 2020

Quite rightly, during the crisis many of you needed to give us an alternative or additional email address as you had members of staff working from home and unable to log in as usual but now that things are a little more normal and to ensure that nobody misses out on any critical updates we would like to update our Distribution List. 

We are now asking you to confirm the preferred email address you would like us to use - only 1 email address will be required, as it will be your responsibility to forward the information to anyone else within your organisation who needs access to it.  This email address will be the one we use for all communication including booking any online training courses.   

At the same time would also like you to confirm the email address connected to your Self Update Portal / Nursery Funding Portal account.

Please complete the form below and return it to by 30th September 2020.

Distribution List: Email Address Form


REMINDER:  Please also remember to log into the Self Update Portal and update your details to support the Early Years Service data collection and ensure that you notify Ofsted of any changes to setting contact details.

Many thanks,


Phone: 01452 425356 / 7224

Early Years Training for March 2020

Published on 12th February 2020

We are pleased to announce a new system for booking all your Early Years Training online using a GCC Plus account, which some of you may already be familiar with.  Once you have set up your login you will be able to book training courses straightaway for courses running from 1st March onwards. 

(For courses in February please use the old booking form and send it to

A training directory will still be produced on a termly basis and this will be available here on our GCC EY Training webpage.

Please visit our GCC EY Training webpage to view our latest Training Directory. 

Gloucestershire Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Summary for 2019

Published on 20th November 2019

Please click here to access the report, or download a copy in the Downloads section.

Healthy Start Program by the Public Health Commissioning

Published on 19th June 2019

Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18.

If you would like more information, please visit the website link below.


Healthy Start Campaign

Healthy Start Vitamins

Paediatric First Aid reimbursement

Gloucestershire Local Authority will make a funding contribution towards the cost of paediatric First Aid training for childminders and settings, not schools or home carers. On completion of an appropriate EYFS compliant training settings may apply for payment of up to £60.00 per practitioner up to a maximum of 3 practitioners per setting per financial year (1 April to 31 March).

To receive the funding contribution childminders and practitioners should email a scanned copy of their certificate which must be from a company providing EYFS compliant training together with a receipt for payment.

For further details please visit our Paediatric First Aid Training webpage.

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 (, 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

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



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