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Early Years VCS grants announced

The Early Years VCS grants 2017-18 are now live and can be found here. There is a maximum of £5.2 million available in early years grant funding to VCS organisations for a 15-month period (January 2017- March 2018) to help deliver on four early years priorities:

  • Supporting Disadvantaged Children
  • EYSEND – Early Years Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Workforce Development – Quality
  • Implementation Support


Childhood flu immunisation programme – letter from CMO

The Chief Medical Officer has written a letter to early years practitioners about the childhood flu immunisation programme seeking their help in raising awareness of the programme to staff working in the early years. We would encourage all practitioners to share the message with all of their colleagues.


A note from the Department for Education on the use of electrical plug socket covers/inserts in early years provision in England

In June, the Department of Health published an estate and facilities alert on the dangers of socket safety covers, which states that 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence. Childcare providers have a duty to keep children safe. Although it is not illegal to use electrical safety socket covers, the Department for Education recommends that providers should take into account the advice included in this alert when carrying out their own risk assessment.


DfE Clarification on medicines in early years settings

This article seeks to clarify the current guidance on administering medicines in early years settings. Paragraph 3.45 of the EYFS states that ‘medicines must not usually be administered unless they have been prescribed’. This means that it must not be usual practice for an early years provider to administer medicines without permission to do so and not that all medicines, both prescription and non-prescription have to have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse of pharmacist. For example, a provider cannot decide for themselves that a particular child needs to have a pain or fever reliever.

Both prescription and non-prescription medicines can only be administered where written permission has been obtained from the child’s parent or carer. Providers should not expect parents to make unnecessary appointments with their child’s doctor to obtain prescriptions for medicines (other than for medicines containing aspirin) that can normally be obtained directly from a chemist.  When the EYFS is next amended the DfE will use the opportunity to clarify the section on medicines so that this is clear.

In addition the next EYFS will include a link to guidance published by Public Health England specifically for schools and childcare settings on infection control for various conditions (including conjunctivitis) which sets out when and for how long children need to be excluded, when treatment/medication is required and where to get further advice. This useful guidance can be found here.

Tax free childcare: 10 things to know

  • You’ll be able to open an online account
  • For every 80p you or someone else pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p
  • The scheme will be open to children up to the age of 12
  • To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning around £115 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year
  • Any eligible working family can use the Tax-Free Childcare scheme – it doesn’t rely on employers offering it
  • The scheme will also be available for parents who are self-employed
  • If you currently receive Employer-Supported Childcare then you can continue to do so
  • Parents and others can pay money into their childcare account as and when they like
  • The process will be as simple as possible for parents
  • You’ll be able to withdraw money from the account if you want to

Find out more information here

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