Family Services Commissioning


Community childminder project

Are you a childminder with a passion for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?

Family Services Commissioning (FSC) is looking to recruit SEND childminders as part of the community childminder project.

The aim of the community childminder project is to have SEND childminders in each district who would offer free early education to families whose children have SEND.

During a recent survey with parents of SEND children, it was found that parents were more likely to take up their free early education if their provider had specialist training.

FSC would expect the SEND childminders to work closely with the early years specialist development centres (EYSDC), SEND family centre champions and parent champions.

FSC would expect you to undertake any relevant online training; any specialist training needed would be paid for by FSC.

Once we have an idea of the numbers of childminders interested, we will arrange a meeting to discuss further.

If you are interested and would like to find out more information about this project, please email


Introduction to solids training

New dates have now been added for those family centre staff who deliver introduction to solids to families.

  • Wednesday 4 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage.
  • Monday 16 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Woolmer Green Village Hall.
  • Thursday 14 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Woolmer Green Village Hall.

This training is free for family centre staff.

If you would like to book a place on this training, please email

Family centre workers: changes to group work and EHM

Changes to group work case notes and the family centre workflow are now live in EHM.

User guides have been updated regarding the changes, which can be found on the group work iLearn page.

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) takes place on Thursday 1 August 2019 until Wednesday 7 August 2019. This year’s theme is empower parents, enable breastfeeding.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organisations dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide. Annually, WABA coordinates and organises WBW between 1 – 7 August.

The logo features the two adults and an infant and reinforces the importance of parents and professionals working together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

The WABA have set up an infographic for the week which can be downloaded here.

More information about the week can be found on the WBW website.

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