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February 22

Tax Free Childcare Rollout

HMRC has announced that from 14th February, tax free childcare will be opened up to all eligible parents with children under 12 years old.

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February 21

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner

Job Title: Level 3 Nursery Practitioner Employer: New Beginnings Childcare Ltd Location: Bolton – Westhoughton Salary: Meets National Minimum Wage Working Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – hours to be confirmed on a rota system Closing Date: Ongoing Job Overview: We are looking for someone to join our motivated pre-school team. The position will involve working […]

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February 21

Level 3 Nursery Practitioner

Job Title: Level 3 Nursery Practitioner Employer: New Beginnings Childcare Ltd Location: Bolton – Westhoughton Salary: Meets National Minimum Wage Working Hours: 9.00am – 5.30pm, 3 days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Closing Date: Not specified Job Overview: To work in the pre-school room alongside the staff to offer support to a child with […]

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February 19

Nursery Practitioner

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner Employer: Canterbury’s Nursery Location: Kingswear Drive, Bolton Salary: £16,000+ Working Hours: 40 hours per week Closing Date: 1st March 2018 Job Overview: A chance to work as a member of a motivated team in an outstanding nursery. Please contact us for more details about the role. Other Relevant Details: Please send a CV to canterburys@btconnect.com.

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February 19

Death to the SEF

In her latest blog, Bolton Start Well Service Early Years and Childcare Adviser, Helen Shearer gives her opinion on Ofsted’s decision to remove the need for early years providers to complete the self-evaluation form.

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February 14

Level 3 Nursery Nurse

Job Title: Level 3 Nursery Nurse Employer: Tiny Footsteps Day Nursery Location: Over Hulton, Bolton, BL5 1ER Salary: Meets National Minimum Wage Working Hours: 18 hours per week Closing Date: 23rd February 2018 Job Overview: We are currently looking to employ a Level 3 Nursery Nurse to join our friendly nursery team. The position will be working 18 […]

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February 2

EYFS Early Years Briefings

The Bolton Start Well Service has a number of early years briefings coming up, which offer schools and daycare settings the chance to find out more about all the latest early years news and updates. If you haven’t already booked on, just visit the Bolton Start Well Website to book your place!

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February 2

Ofsted Big Conversation Event

Have you booked your place at Ofsted’s next Big Conversation event? Don’t miss your chance to ask Ofsted any burning questions you might have.

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February 2

Communication and Early Identification Visits

Have you arranged your Communication and Language Early Identification Visit yet? This visit is available to funded childminders, schools and providers delivering funded early education and childcare.

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February 2

30 Hours Free Childcare Update

HMRC has issued an update with the latest validation figures for 30 hours free childcare and Bolton is performing well, with 95% of all codes successfully being validated for the Spring term.

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February 2

Chatterbox Groups

Did you know that the Start Well Communication and Language Development Team runs groups focussed on supporting parents and carers to interact more effectively with their children aged 1-4 years?

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February 2

Tax Free Childcare Opened Up to Under 9s

Tax-free childcare has now been opened up to parents whose youngest child is under 9, or who turned 9 on 15th January 2018.

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January 25

Cohort Team Leader

Job Title: Cohort Team Leader Employer: Tictots Day Nursery Location: Bolton Salary: £16,640 Working Hours: 40 hours – rotating shift pattern Closing Date: End of February 2018 Job Overview: We are seeking a member of staff to act as a key carer for a group of children at our nursery. Candidates will be required to: […]

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January 25

Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse

Job Title: Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse Employer: Karen Jackson Location: Little Angels Nursery, St Aidans Church Hall, Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8UP Salary: Meets minimum wage Working Hours: Between 25 and 30 hours Closing Date: 11th March 2018 Job Overview: We are looking for a Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse to work in the Nursery working with […]

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January 18

Nursery Nurse

Job Title: Nursery Nurse Employer: Casson Fold Day Nursery Location: Westhoughton, Bolton Salary: Exceeds living wage Working Hours: To be discussed Closing Date: 9th March 2018 Job Overview: We are looking for a motivated level 3 nursery nurse, to work within our lovely baby room and be part of a motivated team. This post is part […]

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January 15

Workforce Development Managers Event

Bolton Council are hosting a free Workforce Development Manager’s Event on Thursday 8th February 2018.

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January 12

Start Well Children’s Centre Programmes for Spring 2018

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January 8

Updated Guidance for Providers – 30 Hours Programme

The Department for Education/ HMRC have issued updated guidance for providers about the 30 hours programme.

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January 5

Healthier snacks for kids

change4life has launched a new campaign: Choosing healthier snacks When it comes to snack time, we know it can be hard if your kids are pestering you or helping themselves to whatever they like from the cupboards.

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December 22

Our Journey to Good – St Williams of York

Sheron Kantor, Start Well Service Quality and Outcomes Senior Consultant talks about the service’s Quality Network and explains how the network adds value for local early years practitioners by sharing best practice.

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December 15

New DFE Report – Improving Social Mobility Through Education

The Department for Education has published a new report that outlines government plans to improve social mobility for children through education.

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December 15

SEED Study – Impact of Early Childhood Education on School Readiness

A new longitudinal study has been published that investigates the impact of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on children’s school readiness and longer-term outcomes, including its impact on the most disadvantaged children.

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December 13

Reminder to Parents – Primary School Place Applications

Parents are being asked to ensure that they complete their application for a primary school place for their child before January 2018.

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November 30

New Ofsted Early Years Report – Bold Beginnings

Ofsted has published a new early years report called ‘Bold Beginnings’, which outlines the importance of a good early education for later success in life.

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November 30

Start Well Service Parents Survey

The Start Well Service is seeking the views of parents and carers about Start Well Children’s Centres and the Start Well Service in general.

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November 30

New Example Menus for Early Years Settings

Public Health England has issued some new guidance and example menus for early years settings to help ensure that the nutritional requirements of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years are met.

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November 23

30 Hours Delivery Support Fund

The Department for Education has invited all local authorities in England to apply to the 30 Hours Delivery Support Fund, which has been introduced from 17th November 2017.  Please see the guidance below, which includes: Delivery Support Fund  – Frequently Asked Questions Delivery Support Fund – Bid Guidance The application form that the LA will […]

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November 20

Foundation Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies

Alliance Learning is working in partnership with the University of Bolton to deliver a Foundation Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies, starting in January 2018. This level 4/5 work based course will enable you to further develop your skills of working with young children and widen your job opportunities. The course combines lectures, group work and workshop sessions […]

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November 17

New to EYFS for QTS Course Helps New Practitioners to Thrive

Bolton Start Well Service’s Quality and Outcomes Consultant, Sheron Kantor, gives an overview of the benefits for new practitioners of attending the ‘New to EYFS for QTS’ course.

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November 8

Flu Vaccination Campaign

Early years professionals are being asked to support this year’s flu vaccination campaign for children aged two and three years old and their parents. This age group has been identified as one of the vulnerable groups that health professionals would like to target this year to increase take up of the vaccination.

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November 8

Start Well Service 6 Month Review – Tell Us What You Think

It has been six months since the Start Well Service was launched and we want your views about how the service is performing.

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November 8

Early Years Funding Entitlement – EY Census

The payment for Early Years funding entitlement that comes to the local authority from the Department of Education, which is then forwarded to funded providers, is based on the January EY Census on 18th January 2018. To enable quick and accurate payments, the Council’s finance department is asking providers, where possible, to ensure that all children have taken up their place […]

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November 3

Round Up of Research, News and Early Years Updates

Check out the latest early years news, research and national updates.

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November 2

Flu Vaccination Campaign

Early years professionals are being asked to support this year’s flu vaccination campaign for children aged two and three years old and their parents. This age group has been identified as one of the vulnerable groups that health professionals would like to target this year to increase take up of the vaccination.

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November 2

New Busy Babies Session at Mytham School

Mytham Primary School is pleased to be working in collaboration with Bolton Start Well Service. The school has recently taken over responsibility for the Start Well link site (formerly Little Lever Children’s Centre) and one of the key drivers for this was to be able to offer services to parents in the community.

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November 2

EYFS Start Well Offer

Are you looking for professional development and training opportunities or professional support in your setting? Why not check out the EYFS Start Well Offer for schools, daycare, childminders and out of school providers?

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November 2

3 and 4 Year Old Funded Entitlement – 30 Hours Autumn Update

HMRC are asking providers for support in encouraging parents to apply for their 30 hours funded entitlement code for next term by the end of November, and to reconfirm their eligibility every 3 months where they already have a code. 

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November 2

Take Up of 2 Year Old Funded Places – Autumn 2017

Take up of 2 year old funded places in Bolton has increased to 71% so far this autumn term. This is brilliant news and a result of the efforts made by everyone in promoting and facilitating the take up of this entitlement.

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November 2

GM School Readiness Summit

On 20th October 2017, a group of Start Well senior managers and health colleagues attended the latest GM summit event, which was organised by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the Mayor’s pledge to improve school readiness across Greater Manchester.

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October 29

Flying the flag for communication and language development

I know that most early years practitioners if asked would say that communication and language skills are fundamental to a child’s future development. I would take this further as evidence shows that these skills are essential for future life chances; they are the key to unlocking the disadvantage cycle and supporting our young people to […]

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