Early Years Latest News and Reminders Archive 2015

July 2015

October 2015

December 2015

December 2015

Early years and childcare registration handbook

Ofsted have published a new Early years and childcare registration handbook that has been designed to include everything childcare providers need to know about registering as a childcare provider. Further information can be found on the PACEY website.

Children and Families Information Service

Are the contact details we have on file for your childcare setting up to date? If we don't have the correct contact details for your setting, then we cannot keep you up to date or share the correct contact information with people seeking childcare. If you are a childminder please complete a childminder provider form and nurseries or pre-schools should complete a settings provider form. Completed forms should be emailed to the Children and Families Information Service.

Early Years Pupil Premium Provider Guidance

Please refer to our new guidance for early years providers who are claiming EYPP for children in their setting.

Information Commissioner

If you intend to take photographs of children in your childcare setting, you will need to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO has guidance on the restrictions that childminders and childcare providers have on taking and using photographs of children. Further information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website.

October 2015

MKSCB Windscreen

The MKSCB Effective Support Windscreen and the Levels of Need Threshold Document which provides guidance to professionals when they encounter children who they believe may be in need or at risk of significant harm have recently been updated (September 2015) . You can also find the latest CAF Form on the Children and Families Practice Page and the latest MARF form can be found on the Multi Agency Hub Page.

Common Inspection Framework

The new common inspection framework can be accessed via the Ofsted website and includes the supporting handbooks and useful information relating to the common inspection framework. Childcare practitioners should also read the Letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI to early years providers about changes to inspections from September 2015. 

Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted

Ofsted have revised their guidance for raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted, this can be accessed via the Ofsted website.

July 2015

Working Together To Safeguard Children 2015

Working together to safeguard children 2015 has been published and can be downloaded for your reference. This is statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused is government departmental advice to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.

Ofsted Early Years report 2015

The Ofsted Early Years report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills on the performance of the early years sector was published on the 13th July 2015. The report is available to download from the Ofsted Website.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector has commissioned a good practice survey to explore perceptions of teaching and play in early Years: Teaching and play in the early years - a balancing act? was also published on the 13th July 2015.

Fundamental British Values

The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage.

Foundation Years website have now produced a Fundamental British Values document with examples to demonstrate what this means in practice.

The Prevent Duty

The Department for Education published advice for childcare providers on the Prevent Duty on the 1st July 2015. Childcare providers are responsible for keeping children safe, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and for promoting the welfare of children in their care. The Prevent duty will reinforce these existing duties by spreading understanding of the risks and current good practice across the country. This advice is intended to help childcare providers think about what they can do to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and suggests how they can access support to do this.

Lets Talk About it is a website that has been developed to provide a hub enabling people to learn more about Prevent - which safeguards people and communities from the threat of terrorism and Channel - which provides support and aims to divert people away from risk through early intervention in a safe environment, it also provides advice on how ordinary members of the public can help protect people and communities. By highlighting the issues and putting all of the information in one easily accessible place, the website aims to initiate discussions about the potential threats we face and create greater understanding and confidence within communities and organisations to safeguard those who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Please also access this online course which introduces Prevent and Channel and will again be of use for all front line staff. Prevent training and Prevent train the trainer sessions can also be accessed with Milton Keynes Safeguarding Childrens Board.


Last Updated: 17 July 2018