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Inclusive school-based childcare: benefits to parents and schools
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Children with SEND - improve inclusion in childcare
Children aged 0 to 5 in school-based inclusive childcare
Create more inclusive childcare environments in schools
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Developing childcare in schools: recommendations for schools across England

The Family and Childcare Trust has evaluated Family Action's Childcare in Schools project (2013-2015):   Read the report

Dismantle the barriers: setting up school-based childcare and holiday provision (5-14 yr olds, 8am to 6pm, 50 weeks a year)

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Funding, training and events, childcare news

FUNDING  INFORMATION
Early Years Pupil Premium for 2-year-olds
  Find out how the EYPP will be allocated going forward. More here.

FUNDING  ALERTS
Magic Breakfast
    For breakfast club funding, support and resources for schools.

Awards for All Grants   What are the 8 most common mistakes made when people apply for these grants?

These and more here...

 

TRAINING AND EVENTS
Learning Exchange on Facebook    SEND events, trips, training resources, club  ideas.

Preparing for the Common Inspection Framework - Bolton 22 April 2015

Common Inspection Framework (Free briefings)   For all early years and childcare professionals (run by the NDNA and Ofsted)

Keen your eye on other training opportunities...

CATCH UP WITH NEWS

Nurseries will receive half a day's notice before routine Ofsted inspections
Childcare offer in schools to be part of perfomance tables   
Compulsory First Aid training for nursery workers
DfE's Childcare Readiness Investment Fund open to existing providers
 
Higher tax-free financial assistance for parents of disabled children  

Question and tips... Ask the Childcare in Schools team

A QUESTION FROM WARWICKSHIRE  
How I can help providers support children in clubs who need one-to-one support due a particular level of additional need, without extra funding? Find some answers here.

 

WORKING WITH PARENTS AND STAFF TO IMPROVE INCLUSION 
Have a look at this page for some ideas and suggestions about how providers can improve the way they approach creating inclusive childcare. Find out more.

 

FIND TIPS
Do you need advice about insurance for your childcare provision, how to solve transport issues, why childcare-specific software is useful? Find out more...  

 

MORE ADVICE
If you have any questions about creating inclusive school-based childcare environments for children aged 0 to 5 years old, please contact a member of the Childcare in Schools team or send us an email.  We'll be developing an FAQ section in due course. Please keep an eye on this section.

FAQs about setting up school-based childcare for older children.

 

Learn how schools have set up childcare on their own premises

FIND A CASE STUDY
Church Hill Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Walthamstow, London offers viable and inclusive childcare to parents. Find out what the challenges to making the provision inclusive are...
Harthill Nursery School and Children's Centre in Luton has reduced its deficit and is now on a surer business footing. It's also more inclusive to children with SEND. Find out more...
More case studies...

We'd like to hear about what works in your provision. What makes your school-based childcare inlcusive and how do you tackle unique challenges around making your provision accessible to children with SEND?

Why re-invent wheels? Find tip sheets and templates...

THIS MONTH'S PICKS
TIP SHEET: Hiring an apprentice   Apprentices are being hired in childcare settings and schools to supplement staff. 
TIP SHEET: How schools can help to improve inclusion   A range of actions to help you make childcare more inclusive.
Childcare in schools for 2-year-olds: Check this section of the Learning Exchange.