Early Years Education
Here you will find information from across Durham on development in Early Years Education and the Changes across County Durham.

Free Play and Learn sessions for two year olds **Current**

If a family is eligible for free sessions for two year olds to ‘play and learn’, they will receive a golden ticket.  They should take the tickets to a local nursery or childminder to receive up to 15 hours a week during term time, or 11 hours a week 50 weeks a year.

More information about the play and learn sessions can be found onhttp://www.countydurhamfamilies.info

Early Years Newsletter: Autumn-inspired resources **Current**

Be inspired by these specially selected resource collections, which not only encourage learners to embrace the arrival of autumn, but also special events such as Halloween and Diwali.

 

More free childcare would threaten nursery schools **Current**

Government plans to offer 30 hours free childcare per week could threaten nursery schools throughout England, say teaching union NAHT…

A teaching union has warned that government plans to increase free childcare provision to 30 hours a week could threaten nursery schools across England. The new funding formula, aimed at delivering a key manifesto pledge, was announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening in August.

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Integrated Review at age two to two-and-a-half **Current**

Local authorities, health visiting services and early years providers are now expected to bring together health and early education reviews for young children at the age of two to two-and-a-half.
 
Warning over plan to extend nursery free hours **Current**

Fewer than half of nurseries will be able to offer extended free childcare planned by the government, the National Day Nurseries Association has warned.
 
Fees up as childminder numbers fall **Current**

Figures obtained by Labour show that there are now 10,000 fewer childminders and 23,000 fewer places provided by childminders in England than there were in 2010, with costs for childcare up 27%. In 2011 there were more than 58,000 childminders; by 2015 the figure had fallen to under 48,000.


Free Play and Learn sessions for two / three year olds **Current**

Free childcare for two / three year olds, to ‘play and learn’ at a local nursery or with a childminder.  If the family is eligible the child could receive up to 15 hours a week during term time, or 11 hours a week 50 weeks a year.

More information about the play and learn sessions along with the criteria for eligibility can be found at http://www.countydurhamfamilies.info/kb5/durham/fsd/advice.page?id=4GQnOXKWDD4

Grandparents ease childcare costs **Current**

The Family and Childcare Trust says parents are increasingly turning to grandparents in a bid to make childcare more affordable, with the average of nine hours a week of childcare offered by grandparents saving parents £1,902 a year in fees. The trust says the cost of sending a child under two to nursery part-time has risen 5.1% since 2014, with it currently costing £115.45 a week or £6,003 a year. Research from Ipsos Mori shows that almost 2m grandparents have either given up a job, reduced their hours or taken time off to look after grandchildren.
 
Free Play and Learn sessions for two / three year olds **Current**

Was your child born in 2013?

Some two year olds are entitled to free play and learn sessions. Your child could receive up to 15 hours a week (term time only), or 11 hours a week (50 weeks a year). This can take place at a nursery, playgroup or with a childminder. If you are eligible, your child could start their ‘play and learn’ sessions, any time from the term after their 2nd birthday to the term after their 3rd birthday.
 
To be eligible you must meet certain criteria. For more information on whether you are eligible visit  http://www.durham.gov.uk/earlyyearspick up an application form your local children’s centre or call the Childcare Places Team on 03000 268 914.


Free Play and Learn sessions for two / three year olds **Current**

Free childcare for two / three year olds, to ‘play and learn’ at a local nursery or with a childminder.  If the family is eligible the child could receive up to 15 hours a week during term time, or 11 hours a week 50 weeks a year.

More information about the play and learn sessions along with the criteria for eligibility can be found on 
 

 

 
New children's Centre timetables **Current**

Check out what fun activities are happening in your area for under 5 year olds.

County Durham’s new Children’s Centre timetables for September – December are available to view now:

Toolkit for early years and health teams **Current**

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) have launched a toolkit which provides support to local early years and health teams as they undertake improved and streamlined approaches to reviewing children's development at age two.