Family Services Commissioning

Urgent

Healthy Start Vitamins stocktake submission by 14 October 2019

The Healthy Start Vitamin stocktake is taking place until 14 October 2019.

Please send your completed stocktake spreadsheets to FSC.team@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

If you are also finding that the demand for vitamins has gone up at your centre please inform us; this way you can receive an order appropriate to your centre.

Family Services Commissioning (FSC) have created a specific web page for family centres on vitamins.

The new vitamin criteria, which was introduced in July can be found here.

The spreadsheets have been sent to the district vitamin leads, please contact FSC if you require a copy of the spreadsheet for your district.

We would like to thank you again for your efforts in distributing the vitamins; please direct any queries to the FSC team at the above address.

News

Department for Education consultation launched on early years childcare fees

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a public consultation seeking views on a proposed increase to the application fee and the annual fee paid to Ofsted by childcare providers on the early years register, with a view to changes coming into force from April 2020. 

The DfE is also seeking views on the principles that should underpin a revised early years register fee model to be introduced from April 2021. 

The consultation is available here and closes on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

If, for exceptional reasons, you are unable to use the online system, you may download a copy of the form from the website and email it to EarlyYearsFees.CONSULTATION@education.gov.uk or post it to:

Early Years Fees Consultation
Early Years and Schools Group
Department for Education
2nd Floor, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London, SW1P 3BT

If you have an enquiry related to the policy content of the consultation, you can contact the department by email at EarlyYearsFees.CONSULTATION@education.gov.uk

Libraries week 7-13 October

October is a busy month in Hertfordshire libraries; from 7-13 October we celebrate libraries week with a range of activities for both young and old. These include activities such as soft toy sleepovers, quiz nights to creative storytelling with story cubes as well as the weekly baby rhyme time and toddler tales sessions.

All details can be found on our website.

A visit to the library will reveal a range of stories for all ages about the magic of libraries. Choose from board books such as “Clive the librarian", to picture books such as “Luna loves Library Day” and many more celebrating the wonder of libraries and stories.

Author Michael Rosen has pointed out the important role libraries play in allowing children to choose books for themselves, developing browsing skills as well as opening their minds to new ideas and experiences.There are hundreds of books to choose from for free, as well as being great places to read aloud together.

There are books for the most active toddlers encouraging plenty of interaction. Also calmer more soothing stories, perfect for bedtime which will help little ones feel secure and sleepy. Please encourage families you work with, neighbours and friends to visit the library this October. There is a book for every occasion, situation and child.

Join in and celebrate the magic of libraries. The book list can be found here.

Community childminder

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 specialist early years development centres (SEYDC), 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 karen.mumbray@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Are you up to date with SEND news in Hertfordshire?

There are numerous ways practitioners can keep abreast of what is happening in SEND services in Hertfordshire. Did you know about the following avenues you can subscribe to, to hear more? And we welcome your stories and updates too.

SEND Twitter      

HAND Facebook

HAND SEND News, soon to be renamed SEND news

You can also email us at  localoffer@hertfordshire.gov.uk

If you work with a young person who has a special educational need or disability (SEND) did you know they (or parents/carers) can join HAND, our Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database?

We’ve recently made a number of changes to the database, to improve data quality and strengthen security, and the new electronic HAND card is one of these changes.The member can view the card on their mobile phone or tablet and it allows the family/young person to access perks and discounts to lots of places for family days out in Hertfordshire. Different places offer different things - for example, some places allow you to 'jump the queue', and others will have reduced entry rates.

If the family already have a physical HAND card, they can continue to use it as they always have. If they dont yet have a HAND card they can find out more on our website.

Healthy Start

Are your families/parents/carers aware of Healthy Start?

If you’re pregnant or have a child under four, the Healthy Start scheme can help you buy basic foods like milk or fruit.

There is a set of eligibility criteria in order to qualify for this scheme which is outlined below.

If families are eligible then they will receive vouchers worth £3.10 each to spend on:

  • milk
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • plain frozen fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula.

You will get one voucher a week if:

  • you are pregnant
  • you have a child aged between one and four.

You will get two vouchers a week if you have a child under one.

To qualify for the Healthy Start scheme you must be:

  • at least 10 weeks pregnant
  • have at least one child under the age of four.

In addition to this, you must be receiving any of the following:

  • Child Tax Credit (but only if your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit (but only if your family earns £408 or less per month from employment)
  • Working Tax Credit (but only if the family is receiving the 4 week ‘run-on’ payment).

You are also eligible for the scheme if you are pregnant and under 18 years old, even if you do not receive any benefits.

There is an online form that needs completing and signing by a midwife, health visitor or registered doctor or nurse.

Further information in regards to the scheme including an eligibility checker and the application form can be found here.

Please make your families aware of this scheme if you think they may be eligible

Are you signed up for the Daily Mile?

Do you know about the Daily Mile? Is this something you could incorporate in to your daily activities with your children to help meet the target of 180 minutes of physical activity a day for children under five?

The Daily Mile, despite its name, is not a set distance, but just 15 minutes a day, outside, with each child walking, running or jogging at their own pace with their friends, making them fitter, healthier and more able to concentrate in the classroom.

The Daily Mile introduces daily physical activity outside and removes all barriers to participation as it is free and simple.

If you are interested in the Daily Mile, you can sign up or read the case studies available which may inspire you to become involved.

There are also a variety of resources available on their website including set up guidance, letters to parents and videos.

Herts Sports Partnership, with the help of Hertfordshire teachers and children, has created a short video on why they think the Daily Mile works.

 

Information and guidance

National Lottery Community Fund

Have you got a project or scheme you are currently working on that needs additional funding?

If so, have you thought about applying for funding via the National Lottery Community Fund? Family Services Commissioning have pulled together a short guidance document, which outlines what the National Lottery Community Fund is, who can apply and the types of project that may be funded.

Protective behaviours level 1

New dates for protective behaviours level 1 have lauched in Watford; these will be held on 21 and 28 January 2020.

More course details

Booking form

Protective behaviours level 2- new dates available

New dates for protective behaviours level 2 have lauched; these will be held on 26 – 28 February 2020.

More course details

Booking form

Space available for childcare - Rickmansworth

A space has become available for nursery or playgroup 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 churchoffice@stmarysrickmansworth.org.uk or 01923 721002.

Let them eat cake

Family Services Commissioning (FSC) transformed into superhero characters for the day to raise money for MacMillan as part of the world’s biggest coffee morning.

A total of £220 was raised in total.

Well done FSC superheroes.

Blind cord accidents

Blind cords are lethal and silent killers of babies and young children which lurk in homes of parents and carers of young children.

Looped blind cords and chains can strangle toddlers and young children. There are many ways this sort of accident can happen and the result is usually fatal.

The good news is there’s a lot you can do to help parents prevent this sort of tragedy happening to them. Here we tell you how these accidents happen, offer safety tips to tell parents and provide you with links to free downloadable resources from CAPT and from the Office of Product Safety & Standards to help you run simple sessions with parents or for one to one’s.

More information and guidance can be found on the CAPT website.

Your vacancies

Your vacancies

To advertise your vacancy, you will need to email fsc.team@hertfordshire.gov.uk 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.

Early start worker- Green Lane Family Centre or Little Hands & Little Feet Family Centre
Hours 27 Hours per week
Salary Circa £19,500 (pro rata, based on 39 hours per week)
Full time/part time/term time Part 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 an informal chat about this post please contact Linzie Goldstein on 07870 898264 or email: linzie.goldstein@inspireall.com

Senior early start worker- Croxley Green Family Centre or Leavesden Family Centre
Hours 39 Hours per week
Salary Circa £23,000.00 (based on 39 hours per week)
Full time/part time/term time Full time (part time hours will be considered)
Location Croxley Green Family Centre or Leavesden 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 a senior early start worker based at either Croxley or Leavesden 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 of 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.

The closing date is Sunday 13 October 2019

For an informal chat about this post please contact Jo Burgess email: joanne.burgess@inspireall.com

Perinatal and under 1’s, family support & early start workers- East Herts, Welwyn and Broxbourne 
Hours 20 – 37.5
Salary £18,218 - £23,023
Full time/part time/term time Full time and part time
Location East Herts, Welwyn and Broxbourne

Family centres offer families with children under 11 years old, a seamless and integrated range of services, support and information.The family support team work with families to provide access to early help through a range of personalised support packages. Within our early start group sessions, children can grow and flourish by participating in play and learning opportunities, while families preparing for the arrival of their new baby and enjoying the first year of parenthood are supported by our perinatal and under 1’s workers.
We are passionate about this rewarding area of work and we are looking to recruit experienced childcare practitioners to join our highly skilled and enthusiastic team.

Please state your preferred choice of job and location when applying.

The closing date is Sunday 13 October 2019.

For more information please contact Anne Franklin, 01923 353610.

Play assistant - Westmill Nursery, Westmill, Near Buntingford
Hours 9am to 2.30pm, Weekdays, 3-4 days
Salary Dependant on experience and qualifications
Full time/part time/term time Term time
Location Westmill Nursery, Westmill, Near Buntingford

Our outstanding nursery is looking for a fun and inspiring play assistant to join their team. The role will suit an enthusiastic and hard-working person with a genuine desire to work with children. We are a small friendly team and are looking for someone to join us working 3-4 days, Monday to Friday with flexibility to provide cover for other days if needed.

Job requirements

  • Full and relevant child care qualification preferably at level 3, but level 2 will be considered for the right candidate
  • We are looking for someone with experience of working with children aged 2-4 years old, to work as part of our team. You will be responsible for providing safe, high quality education within the EYFS 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 young children. 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
  • You will be a key person role for a small group of children.

The closing date is Friday 18 October 2019.

For more information please contact Sarah on 01763 273005 or email westmillnursery@btinternet.com

Qualified early years practitioner – Borehamwood

Hours Monday – Thursday,7.30 – 6.00
Salary £9.00 per hour, depending on experience
Full time/part time/term time Full time/part time
Location Borehamwood

We require an enthusiastic individual with relevant nursery experience with the under 2’s , to work as part of our team, under the manager. You will be responsible for providing safe, high quality education within the EYFS 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 very young children and babies. 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 promotional prospects and an opportunity to gain a  level 3 if not already qualified.

Job description can be found here.

The closing date is Saturday 12 October 2019

For more information please contact Michelle Levene on jollytots2@aol.com and submit your cv.

Early years practitioner- The Courtyard Pre-school/Nursery
Hours 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Salary To be discussed
Full time/part time/term time Full time or part time hours/term time
Location The Courtyard Pre-school/Nursery

We are looking for an early year practitioner who has good communication skills, positive working attitude and is always willing to interact with children on all levels, supporting them to meet their learning goals.  Works well in a team.

This position will remain open until filled.

For more information please contact Geri Thomas on 01923 252336 or email Preschoolwatford@googlemail.com

Nursery practitioner- Teddies Tots Nursery
Hours

Following shift patterns (8 hours) with 1 hour break

i.e. 7.30-4.30pm  or 9.30-6.30

Teddies Tots is open 52 weeks of the year, open from 7.30am – 6.30pm

Salary Dependent on experience
Full time/part time/term time Full time
Location

Teddies Tots Nursery

Sandown Road, North Watford, Herts. WD24 7BG

Teddies Tots Nursery are looking to recruit an experienced, full time level 3 or above early years practitioner.

We are a family run nursery setting offering a great opportunity to the right candidate. They must be enthusiastic, passionate and driven to achieve high standards of care. Candidates are to be flexible and adaptable as the nursery grows in numbers. Ongoing career progressions are dependent on performance.

At Teddies Tots we take from 3 months to 5 years and have engaging, exciting dedicated areas for the children to explore, including a garden area and soft play area for all ages to enjoy. Sleep room for the babies and toddlers and staff room for the staff to take their lunch.

Key responsibilities:

  • leading by good practice and working well in a team
  • providing effective support to the team
  • being trustworthy, punctual and having good communication skills
  • taking on responsible roles of duty and following shift patterns
  • good written ability to complete reports, assessments, planning and observation
  • being a key person and liaising effectively with parents
  • in depth understanding of the EYFS.

Benefits

All training courses for staff are paid for, gym membership, annual performance bonus, extra day holiday after one year service, uniform provided, free car park.

This position will remain open until filled.

For more information please call 01923 255400 (option 2) or email info@teddiestotsnursery.co.uk

Deputy leader/key person - Mill Lane Pre-School
Hours 19 hours
Salary TBA – All depending on experience
Full time/part time/term time Part time/ term time
Location Mill Lane Pre-School, Broxbourne

We are looking for an experienced level 3 child care practitioner to be part of our small friendly team in our pre-school. We would require you to have a good knowledge of the EYFS and a good understanding of safeguarding. We would require you to support the leader in running the session, adhering to Ofsted and safeguarding requirements. We will also require you to manage the team alongside the leader to empower them to deliver the best possible standards of care, education and parent partnership. We would also want you to be a key person to a group of children and you will be responsible for their learning and development through observations, assessment and planning. We would want you to be able to liaise with parent/carers to ensure that each child's needs are met. It would be desirable if you had special educational needs experience.

This position will remain open until filled.

For further information and to submit your CV can you please contact Pauline Flowers at milllanepreschool@btconnect.com

Qualified early years practitioner (Level 3) - Strathmore Pre-School, Hitchin, Herts
Hours

Monday – Thursday 8.45am – 3.15pm, Friday 8.45am – 1.15pm

Salary To be confirmed, depending on experience.
Full time/part time/term time Part time / term time
Location Strathmore Pre-School, Hitchin, Herts

We require an enthusiastic 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.

Job description.

Application form.

The closing date is Friday 25 October 2019.

For more information please contact:

Ms Diane Grazette , Pre-School Leader
Strathmore Pre-School, Old Hale Way, Hitchin,
Hertfordshire SG5 1XR

Telephone: 07593742755
Email: preschool@strathmore.herts.sch.uk
Website: www.strathmore-preschool.com

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