Family Services Commissioning

Urgent

Spring funding return submission

The spring 2020 funding return is now open for submission; this covers the period 01/01/20 – 31/03/20. Your funding return must be submitted no later than 4pm on Friday 17 January 2020.

Please note the following.

  • Please refer to the online user guides as these cover the entire system and should help with any queries you have.
  • Children who appear on your return who are now in reception can simply be removed by deleting the relevant line.
  • Please note this period has a maximum of 11 weeks (for the term-time 38 week offer) as it ends at the end of March 20. Any funding for hours delivered at the start of April will be claimed in your summer 2020 return.
  • Early years pupil premium (EYPP) checks are carried over from autumn 2019 and all children who were not eligible are rechecked when you start your return. Please ensure that you have entered all the information required to check for EYPP.
  • Any queries relating to 30 hours free childcare eligibility for spring 2020 please refer to the previous article as the guidelines are very clear. If a new code for a child has been supplied then please email this to fee@hertfordshire.gov.uk along with the old code so this can be updated for you.
  • Please remember to tick DAF where you are claiming the Disability Access Fund for financial year 2019/20; you may be required to provide evidence if this has not been done so before.
  • For non-schools as part of your funding return submission you may be required to complete the Early Years Census, this is a statutory return for DfE and must be completed to receive funding, the portal will guide you through this process.

The finance section accessible from the main menu of the portal allows you to see all your budget share payments for financial year 2019/20 and when you will receive them. You can narrow by funding period, however please note the submission week figures currently show as zero. These will populate when you submit your funding return, however please note any reconciliation could be positive or negative depending on your return and may affect scheduled budget share payments. So please check your finance section after submission.

Children’s progress data reporting – spring 2020

In autumn 2019 early years providers input on to the early years portal progress data for children for the first time. Following in depth feedback from many providers we have developed this section of the early years portal.

However, the new developments has led to the actual collection of this data being placed in adjustment week each term and not in the main funding return week which is in the beginning of each term. This change of date will allow you to show the progress of each child in the actual term they are attending. The vast majority of providers already use adjustment week to make changes to their original funding submission so this links well with this activity and eases the administrative burden at the start of each term.  

More information on the new feature will be made available at the end of January and you will be able to start inputting this data from 3 February 2020 for submission in adjustment week which is the week commencing  2 March 2020.  

If you have any queries please contact fee@hertfordshire.gov.uk

News

Child protection contact form

Hertfordshire has developed an online form which will revolutionise how professionals make contacts about children.

Our aim

  • To provide you with a user-friendly experience.
  • To give you a simplified process and structured format for informing us of concerns about a child.
  • To reduce the amount of repeat or chase up enquiries you have to make.
  • To inform you what we need to progress a contact into a referral.

How to access/use the form

  • The form will be located online at hertfordshire.gov.uk/childprotection
  • You must create an account first. This is a simple process to sign up.
  • Providers can choose how many accounts they need.
  • Once signed up, you can submit as many contacts as needed on the one account.
  • There are eight sections to the form, ranging from professional contact details through to reason for the contact.
  • Once submitted, you will receive a reference number which is unique to the contact made, you can track your contact using the 0300 123 4043 number.

Oral health survey of 3 year olds

HCC are working with Public Health to improve the oral health of our children as evidence shows that we need to be intervening earlier to prevent tooth decay and tooth extraction. Our local Hertfordshire community dental team will be undertaking an oral health survey of 2,500 three year old children this year and we need your help to do this.

Our dental fieldwork teams from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust will contact randomly sampled nurseries and playgroups across Hertfordshire between December 2019 and April 2020 to set up dates for the survey.

We need your support to complete this survey:

We will need some information about eligible children. The NHS dental team will be in contact to ask for your involvement and will ask for a list of all children who may be included in the survey.

We will need parent/carer’s consent. We are asking you to send a letter home to families asking for consent to examine each child’s teeth; the template letter will be provided to you.

We will need a space to undertake the examinations. On the day of examination, which will have been agreed with you in advance, the team will set up their mobile equipment in an agreed room/space at the site and undertake brief examinations of the children’s teeth. These examinations take no more than a minute.

What happens after the survey? All of the information is anonymised by the team and collated into a report which will help us locally and nationally to improve the oral health of children. We have a local oral health multi agency alliance which will drive forward change and improvements.

If you have any questions please contact Josh Parnell, Family Services Commissioning at joshua.parnell@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Best Start Herts

Hertfordshire’s Best Start Facebook page is a great place for families to find out key updates and messages as well as fun things to do with their little ones in the county. We also provide key messages from public health and more.

Can we ask you to print and display the attached advert on your noticeboards and where possible advertise through other channels such as websites? The more families we can get liking the page, the more families we are able to support.

If you have any questions or have any key messages you would like to share through the page, please contact fsc.team@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Information and guidance

Designated person for safeguarding in early years group settings

“Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well.” 3.2

  • A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in setting every setting.
  • The lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with the local statutory children’s services agencies, and with the LSCB.  
  • They must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. 3.5 

Reference : Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements, Early Years Foundation Stage 2017.

The role of the designated person for safeguarding within an early years setting is to ensure the requirements above are met, children are kept safe and staff understand their roles and responsibilities around safeguarding.

This is achieved by ensuring robust policies and procedures are in place and embedded in practice. This includes those for safeguarding, child protection, staff recruitment, safe staffing practice, online safety, to name a few.

We recommend that there is a named designated person for safeguarding on duty at all times; this person should be contactable during all setting operating times.

We would advise that there are two staff who are named designated person to ensure continuity and availability at all times.

Recommended training for designated persons

It is recommended that the designated person accesses training specific to this role and updates this training at least every three years. There are many changes to this area of work, including safe staffing and recruitment checks.

In Hertfordshire we recommend that all staff who are nominated as ‘designated person for safeguarding’ access the training focused on safe staffing. The training sessions keep you up to date with current policy and practice.

Designated person for safeguarding - safe staffing lead - This training focusses on safe recruitment, safe staffing and allegations management (Role of the LADO).                                                                                                  

  • Training can be accessed through Herts for Learning CPD hub.

Designated person for safeguarding - safe staffing

The designated person must also ensure they have accessed appropriate child protection training every three years. See Herts for Learning CPD hub for child protection courses.  

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Family Lives family support worker national helpline

Do you like helping and talking to people? Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Thinking about volunteering?

Our volunteers are a lifeline to many families going through a difficult time. Become a helpline volunteer and enjoy the experience of helping others as well as improving your own wellbeing. If you are good at listening and can spare a few hours a week, we want to hear from you. Full training is provided, you can volunteer from home if you have a PC and good internet connection or at our local branch based in Old Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

Email suebe@familylives.org.uk for more information or visit the website. 

Your vacancies

Your vacancies

To advertise your vacancy, you will need to email fsc.team@hertfordshire.gov.uk with the pro forma and any other revelant documents. 

Playgroup practitioner - St John’s Nursery Playgroup
Hours

These can vary over the term/year but initially 16-20 hours per week

Staff hours 8.45-15.10. Sessions mixture of morning, afternoon and all day

Salary £8.45 - £9.31 per hour
Full time/part time/term time Part time, term time only, 2 terms initially
Location St John’s Nursery Playgroup, Oakmere School, Potters Bar EN6 5NP

We are looking for a playgroup practitioner to join our experienced team of professional practitioners at this outstanding setting. You will work as a key person for up to 6 children. You will need to have at least level 2 early years qualification with proven experience of working professionally with children aged 2-5. A level 3 is preferable or can be undertaken once employed. We expect a good level of both spoken and written English in order to support the children's communication and enable you to write observations and reports. Basic IT skills are an advantage. A good knowledge of the early years foundation stage will help you and a willingness to undertake further training as needed. A sense of fun and genuine enthusiasm for working with children.

We are a based within Oakmere Primary School. We moved here in 2018. We achieved a outstanding Ofsted in 2018 and strive for high quality in all that we do. We have two settings in Potters Bar.

This position will remain open until filled.

Please contact us for our application form and full job description ENQUIRIES@StJohnsBakerStreet.co.uk

Early Years Practitioner - Moor End Farm Day Nursery
Hours Various contracts available between 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Salary

£17,700 - £21,840 per annum dependent on qualifications and experience.

Full time/part time/term time Full time and part time
Location Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 2RE

We are looking for early years practitioners to join our amazing team of staff here at Moor End Farm Day Nursery set on farm land in the heart of Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead.

We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic practitioners who are able to promote positive relationships with our parents, carers, children and colleagues.

Practitioners must ensure the highest standards are maintained at all times when providing care, implementing practices and following nursery policies and procedures.

This position will remain open until filled.

For more information please contact Katie Fountain or Jackie Somerset on 01442 246437

Senior early start worker - InspireAll
Hours 39 Hours per week
Salary Circa £23,000.00 (based on 39 hours per week)
Full time/part time/term time

Full Time

Location Green Lane Family Centre, Dacorum

InspireAll are a charity that have a reputation for delivering energising and motivating leisure and family support services across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for communities to achieve rewarding and active lifestyles.

We employ people who are passionate about our values and want to share our vision to provide our customers with the best experience, being served by approachable and friendly staff however we encourage a positive work/life balance.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior early start worker based at Green Lane Family Centre working with an enthusiastic and friendly team.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working as a member of a team that promotes an environment that safeguards and protects children and has experience of working in an education/childcare setting.  

The role will involve taking a leading role in the provision of services to narrow the achievement gap; working in partnership with local schools and early years settings in most need to improve outcomes for children; working with public health nursing in the promotion key public health messages and interventions and providing universal information, support and guidance to parents and carers about a range of topics including childcare options and childcare funding.

Car driver and level 3 in early years essential.

This position will remain open until filled.

For more information about this post please email Katrina Walsh, katrina.walsh@inspireall.com

Early start worker - InspireAll
Hours 39 Hours per week
Salary Circa £19,500 (based on 39 hours per week)
Full time/part time/term time

Full time

Location Green Lane Family Centre or Little Hands & Little Feet Family Centre

InspireAll are a charity that have a reputation for delivering energising and motivating leisure and family support services across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for communities to achieve rewarding and active lifestyles.

We employ people who are passionate about our values and want to share our vision to provide our customers with the best experience, being served by approachable and friendly staff however we encourage a positive work/life balance.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an early start worker based at either Green Lane Family Centre or Little Hands & Little Feet Family Centre working with an enthusiastic and friendly team.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working as a member of a team that promotes an environment that safeguards and protects children and could use a variety of methods to actively engage and register parents and carers.

The role will involve planning for high quality play, learning and health activities; using a range of delivery methods and health promotion materials to support the promotion of key public health messages; supporting the identification of families that would benefit from additional support; and actively supporting diversity and inclusion throughout the services available to Families.

Car driver and level 3 in early years essential.

This position will remain open until filled.

For more information about this post please contact Linzie Goldstein on 07870 898264 or email: linzie.goldstein@inspireall.com

Deputy manager - WASPS Out of School Club
Hours

7.20am to 9.00am Monday to Friday, 2.15pm to 6.15pm Monday to Friday. Holiday play schemes either 5 or 10 hour shifts on a rota basis

Salary £12 per hour starting pay. To be reviewed after 3 months probation
Full time/part time/term time Term time plus additional hours during holiday play schemes
Location WASPS Out of School Club, Standon and Puckeridge Community Centre, Station Road, Puckeridge, Hertfordshire, SG11 1TF

To work as an excellent member of the WASPS Out of School Club team delivering flexible, high quality, education and care that meets the needs of the children and their families. With guidance, ensure compliance with all company procedures, Health and Safety regulations, early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework, and requirements as laid down by the government and regulated by Ofsted.

Job description.

The closing date is Friday 7 February 2020.

For more information please contact Nicola English – Proprietor. Tel: 07904391133 Email: nicola@waspsclub.com
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