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  • About us

    Durham County Council’s Families Information Service (FIS) is the place to find free and impartial information to support you and your family from pregnancy until your child's 20th birthday, or 25 years old for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  We can…

  • Accidents and incidents - Ofsted requirements

    Reporting an accident or incident to Ofsted EYFS welfare requirements – safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare EYFS states: the provider must take necessary steps to promote the welfare of children.  Within this welfare requirement it states: Providers must notify Ofsted and Local Children’s Protection Agencies…

  • Advice templates

    These templates show the type of information that is required detailing what professionals know about a child/young person. The advice provided should be used by the setting when requesting an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) assessment, and/or reviewing an existing EHC plan. Settings submitting…

  • Bullying and harassment

    Bullying can happen at any time and to any child, although it most commonly happens in school. It can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or in cyberspace (online bullying).  Children with special educational needs and disability can be particularly vulnerable to bullying but it…

  • Childminder policies and permission forms

    This page contains sample policies and permission forms to help you as a childminder. Permission forms Adminstration of medication record Childminder personal emergency consent Emergency medical treatment Jewellery consent Nappy changing consent form  Observation and photographs consent form  Outings and transport consent form  Prescribed medication consent…

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted

    This page provides links to guidance for childminders on Department for Education standards and Ofsted inspection related information. Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework 2014 - Department for Education guidance on the standards that school and childcare providers must meet…

  • Information and support for childminders

    This page provides information and support for you as a childminder to help in your day to day practice and in preparing for your Ofsted inspections. Find information and guidance on: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted Childminder policies and permission forms Providing free early years…

  • Information and support for daycare providers

    This page provides information and support for you as a daycare provider to help you with your role.   Information and guidance Find information and guidance on: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted - links to guidance on Department for Education standards and Ofsted inspection related…

  • Keeping children safe

    This page gives you information to help you keep the children you care for safe. As a childminder, you must identify who has parental responsibility for a child and who has legal contact with the child. This information is a specific legal requirement (EYFS, 2008…

  • Local Offer progress report 2016-17

    On this page you can find out about the progress we've made updating the Local Offer following feedback in our annual review. Usage There were 68 374 views of the Local Offer between 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016. This represents a drop from last…

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