Managing the Summer term deadline for 30 hours
Thank you for continuing to communicate to Parents that they must apply in good time for 30 hours ahead of the Summer term. As you should be aware, we are encouraging parents to apply by the 28th February to ensure they have their 30 hour code before the start of term. Some parents will need to provide additional evidence to HMRC that they are eligible so it is essential that they apply in good time. In addition, parents who already have a code need to reconfirm their eligibility every 3 months to ensure they continue to be eligible
As an additional measure to ensure that parents receive their codes in advance of the 31st March deadline, the childcare service will begin to offer temporary codes to parents who experience technical problems from Thursday 1st March. Please encourage parents, who are having difficulties completing their application online, to contact the helpline on 0300 123 4097, who will check eligibility and provide them with a temporary code if they qualify for 30 hours. Please remember that these codes need to be validated via The Wizard in the same way as standard codes. The temporary codes begin with ’11’ as opposed to ‘500’.
Second Headcount for 2 year olds
If you submit your early years headcount data through schools 360 and you require a second headcount for 2 year olds, please contact Sophie Downing by Friday 2nd March firstname.lastname@example.org to request that a sheet be uploaded to your school 360 account. We will email you when it is available.
Ofsted is scrapping its self-evaluation form to help reduce the burden on early years providers
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Week 2 – Early Years Inclusion Campaign 2018
Monday 19th February was the start of a 6 week Inclusion Campaign for all Early Years Providers across Northumberland.
The campaign will take place over 6 weeks, ending on the 29th March 2018. We invite all setting Managers and SENCos to complete the program on the Learning Together platform. For further information on how to get involved, see our Early Years Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/961277704015894/ or attached information.