January 2024 - New childcare offer for eligible working parents of 2 year olds

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulties with the application process for the new 2 year old funding offer, please do signpost them to HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097 who will be able to advise.

Information can also be accessed through the Childcare Choices  website. As a Local Authority we have no authority on this process and currently have no additional information to that which has been published on Childcare Choices.

Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning describe behaviours children use in order to learn. To learn well, children must approach opportunities with curiosity, energy and enthusiasm. Read more for information and strategies to support The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning. Read More 

 

Communication and Language

Recent research has shown that 1.9 million children are behind in their speech and 1 in 5 struggle talking and/or understanding words. Read more for information and strategies to support communication and language Read More

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives and is fundamental to their cognitive development. . Read more for information and strategies to support PSED. Read More

 

Physical Development

Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Children learn through their bodies. Every time they move, their brains build connections. Read more for information and strategies to support Physical Development Read More

 

Literacy

Literacy in the early years is particularly important for children as it gives them a head start in learning essential life skills that they will use on a daily basis. It includes talking about books, print in the environment, early mark making and writing, as well as sharing books and reading. Read more for information and strategies to support Literacy.
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Mathematics

Mathematical understanding helps children make sense of the world around them, interpret situations, and solve problems in everyday life. Read more for information and strategies to support Mathematical development .Read More

 

Understanding The World

Understanding the world is important for children as it helps them to get to know about other people, the place they live and about all aspects of the environment. Read more for information and strategies to support Understanding the world. Read More

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive arts and Design develops a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Read more for information and strategies to support Expressive arts and Design. Read More

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