Family Services Commissioning


30 hours free childcare reconfirmation deadline – 31 August 2019

Families only have until 31 August 2019 to reconfirm their eligibility with HMRC to ensure they are still eligible for autumn 2019. There are many families who still need to reconfirm; they can do this by logging in to their childcare service account. 

You can review a parents eligibility status by logging into the early years portal to view your summer funding submission; this will detail each individual child’s eligibility dates and status. Please inform any parents who need to reconfirm as soon as possible.

For all new parents who may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare from September 2019, they also have a deadline of 31 August 2019 to apply for an eligibility code on the childcare choices website.  

If a parent was issued a code over the telephone, the parent will need to reapply online when the time comes to reconfirm their eligibility.

If a parent has difficulties with reconfirmation, they should insist that an incident referral is raised with HMRC via their helpline; HMRC can be contacted on 0300 123 4097.

A one-page childcare overview poster has been produced that sets out all of the government’s childcare offers for parents, helping them to understand at a glance what support might be available to them and how the offers interact.


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.

Information and guidance

Church hall available for hire in Rickmansworth

A space has become available for a nursery or playgroup to hire at St Mary’s Church, Rickmansworth.

The space has the following:

  • light and spacious hall (135 meters squared) with clean beech flooring
  • hall is available each week day from 9am - 4pm
  • hall has a secure entrance
  • church centre has a staffed office each morning
  • outdoor space off main hall
  • kitchen facilities
  • toilets - male, female, access
  • storage space.

If you are interested in this space, please contact Katrina Bond at or 01923 721002.

Stay on track with regular business reviews

CBIS logoCBIS, our independent business consultant, offers regular free business reviews for childcare providers. You may find it useful to access one of their mentors to regularly review your business against the goals you have set yourself.

Whether you want to keep track of your finances, marketing, know what parents are looking for or operational practicalities, CBIS can help you reflect at regular intervals and take stock or re-adjust your plans.

You can arrange a regular slot with one of the CBIS mentors either on site or online.

Every three to six months is good depending on how you manage your setting. At the session CBIS will look at your aims, progress, challenges and opportunities to help you stay focussed on achieving your goals and take positive steps forward.

The sessions are free and confidential.

You can book your first session here.

Parent networks

Families in Focus are offering parent network support and information drop in sessions for parents, adoptive parents, grandparents caring for children with any additional need/disability/chronic health condition including Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, PDA, Diabetes, Crohn’s and Colitis etc.

This is a chance for parents to meet other families and share experiences/knowledge in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

Each session will also include a ‘Families in Focus guide to…’ learning topic.

Information about the sessions taking place can be found on the attached posters below.

BFI celebration event

Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust will be celebrating the successes of the BFI stage 3 re-accreditation by holding a joint BFI celebration event.

This event is open to any staff that have supported the programmes and it would be great if we could have a representative from each family centre district attend.

The BFI awards 2019 will be presented to staff during this event.

You can book onto this event here.

Change4Life shake up games pack

Change4Life have developed a take-home pack full of fun Disney inspired games to encourage physical activity throughout the summer holidays.

The Disney themed Change4Life ten minute shake up games take-home pack is full of fun games to get kids moving over the summer holidays and discover which Disney character they're most like.

In addition, it boosts students' physical activity, by using the accompanying PowerPoint to encourage them to think creatively and design their own shake up game, based on their favourite Disney character.

You can order your packs here version so you know what to look out for.

You can also search Change4Life to get more tips and ideas to keep your kids moving over the summer (and beyond).

Life skills for little ones - starting school or nursery

Jane Mellor, early years librarian writes ‘Over the summer, many of you will be working with families who have children preparing to make the transition into new settings in September. It can be a time of great anxiety for both parents and children.

Hertfordshire libraries have plenty of picture books that can prepare children for this big change in their life and help to dispel any worries or fears they may have. Check out the titles attached which are all available to reserve from our website.

Don’t forget to encourage children to join the Space Chase which is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. It is a fantastic way to help develop a love of reading as well as a great foundation for children starting school.’

Your vacancies

Your vacancies

To advertise your vacancy, you will need to email with the following:

  • job vacancy pro forma
  • job description (if you have one)
  • person specification (if you have one)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

If we do not receive the pro forma, we will not be able to put your advert in.

Qualified early years practitioner – Strathmore Pre-School, Hitchin

Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 3.15pm

Friday, 8.45am – 1.15pm
Salary To be confirmed, depending on experience
FT/PT/TT Part time/term time
Location Strathmore Pre-School, Old Hale Way, Hitchin, SG5 1XR

We require an enthusiastic level 3 individual with relevant pre-school experience, to work as part of our team, under the direction of the pre-school leader and/or deputy. You will be responsible for providing safe, high quality education and care for young children, whilst ensuring that all policies and procedures are implemented at all times. 

You will need excellent communication skills and a positive, nurturing attitude towards working with families and the staff team. You will ensure all the children's needs are met and we expect a commitment to the implementation of EYFS goals and to safeguarding children's welfare.

This position comes with generous terms and conditions and with the support of a dedicated management committee. Our popular pre-school was also rated outstanding by Ofsted in November 2018.

Our website can be found here.

The closing date is Friday 6 September 2019.
Please contact Ms Diane Grazette, pre-school leader on 07593742755 or

Family support workers – The BECC Family Centre, Borehamwood
Hours 39 hours per week
Salary Circa £21,000 (depending on age and experience)
FT/PT/TT Full time
Location The BECC Family Centre, Borehamwood

We are looking for someone who has:

  • level 3 - 4 in a recognised professional qualification in health, education, childcare, social care or equivalent
  • experience of working with families (2 plus years) including experience of home visiting and case load management
  • knowledge of the importance of safeguarding children
  • knowledge and experience of facilitating parenting programmes e.g. Parenting Puzzle, Families Feeling Safe.

The role will involve:

  • working with hard to reach families
  • delivering one to one programmes of work in order to achieve the best outcomes for a family
  • computer literacy and keeping accurate records
  • partnership working.

The position will remain open until filled.

For an information chat about this post please contact Kelly Bartlett on 0208 016 1968 or

Early start worker - Green Lane Family Centre, Hemel Hempstead or Little Hands and Little Feet Family Centre, Berkhamstead
Hours 19 hours per week
Salary Circa £19,500 (pro rata, based on 39 hours per week)
FT/PT/TT Part time
Location Green Lane Family Centre, Hemel Hempstead or Little Hands and Little Feet Family Centre, Berkhamstead

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 and 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
  • actively supporting diversity and inclusion throughout the services available to families.

Car driver and level 3 in early years essential.

The position will be open until filled.

For an informal chat, please contact Linzie Goldstein on 07870 898264 or

Family support workers - Westfield and South Oxhey Family Centres, Watford
Hours 39 hours per week
Salary Circa £21,000 pro rata (depending on age and experience)
FT/PT/TT Full time, part time (all year round)
Location Westfield and South Oxhey Family Centres, Watford

We are looking for someone who has:

  • level 3 - 4 in a recognised professional qualification in health, education, childcare, social care or equivalent
  • experience of working with families (2 plus years) including experience of home visiting and case load management
  • knowledge of the importance of safeguarding children
  • knowledge and experience of facilitating parenting programmes e.g. Parenting Puzzle, Families Feeling Safe.

The role will involve:

  • working with hard to reach families
  • delivering one to one programmes of work in order to achieve the best outcomes for a family
  • computer literacy and keeping accurate records
  • partnership working.

Car driver essential. 

Closing date is until the positions are filled.

For an informal chat about this post please contact Aliyah Shabbir on 07870 898325 or email

Administration assistant – Stevenage Family Centres, Stevenage

22 hours per week

  • Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday, 1pm – 3pm

Full time equivalent is £16,965

Salary for 22 hours will be pro rata
FT/PT/TT Part time
Location Stevenage

Administration support required across six family centres in Stevenage.

Duties will include:

  • reception cover
  • data input
  • filing/office management
  • working with the Stevenage team to provide appropriate support for families.

The closing date is Friday 9 August 2019.

Further information can be found on their website.

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