• Early Years


We run regular network and training events for anybody who works with young children including child protection and behaviour management. If there is enough interest we can also commission Young in Herts to deliver any of there training sessions at the Centre.

Coming soon a boost for your business. Tax breaks for parent buying childcare from registered providers.

At present parents benefit from tax relief when their employers offer childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice. During 2017 this is changing with tax relief no longer being dependent on the employers. This is good news for all registered day care providers not only because it will increase the number of families that can afford childcare, but will also free your business from the pesky childcare voucher administration. Unlike to 15 and 30 hour entitlement this comes at no cost to your business.

Follow this link to find out more including how to sign up to the scheme. Parents will be able to search for providers offering this so don’t miss out.


Useful information

Speech and Language – the Speech and Language Therapy service offers regular drop-in sessions to conduct initial assessments where there are concerns about a child’s speech and language. The programme of drop-ins are published termly and the current offer will be emailed to you as soon as available.  These sessions are for professional referrals only.  Before signposting a parent to the drop-in please check the Referral Guidelines.  The Aquisition of Speech Sounds outlines approximate ages for the development of sound.

Portable DBS certificates (formerly CRB) are now available. Anyone who applies for a DBS certificate can subscribe to an update service  for a portable certificate that they can take form job to job. The cost is £13.00 per year and free for volunteers.

Safeguarding Updates -for more information and updates direct to your inbox see www.safecic.co.uk.

Allergens – all food businesses are required to provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in food sold or provided by them. This regulation includes childminders, pre-schools and day care. Food Standards Agency Allergen information.

Paediatric First Aid – as of 1st July 2016, all qualified staff are required to hold the12 hour Paediatric First Aid.  There is a company that can provide the training within one day with part of the course completed online. It is slightly more expensive than most (£84.00) and the most local venue is Watford but you do only have to commit to one day attendance. If we factilitate it here, it would be £62.00 and would include epi-pen training. The link to their site is http://tigerlilytraining.co.uk/.

Childminders – Hertfordshire County Council are keen for Childminders to provide funded places for two and three year olds.  It takes approximately two weeks to be approved and doesn’t incur additional inspections.  There is no restriction on how much Childminders can charge for the addtitional hours as long as it is made clear to parents.

Useful links

MASH Leaflet (356KB)
– multi-agency safeguarding hub

Free Place scheme for 2 Year Olds (182KB) – find out if your setting is eligible and for further information.

Children’s Services Refererrals – to access the referral forms: http://www.thegrid.org.uk/info/welfare/referral.shtml

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