PARTNERSHIP NOW ON-LINE
Information about the Partnership is now available over the
Internet. To get to the web site you need to type the following "address" in
Sorry this is a rather complicated address, but Dave and APN are looking
into more obvious "domain names", as well as whether the City Council or Digital
Bristol can host the site.
If you dont have a computer then you either need to find a wired up
friend or try from one of the on-line terminals in the libraries (or shortly your local
school). The site provides links to DfEE, Ofsted and QCA documents, as well as other early
years & childcare research reports.
The site will be regularly updated by Dave over the coming busy months
both with information on the emerging 1999 Plan, as well as having the backlog of
key documents added (it now includes the 1998 Plan).
If you want to have information added then either eMail the document as
an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
or send a disc in the post to Dave at 23 Vivian Street, Bristol BS3 4LW sorry I
dont yet have a scanner and Im not prepared to retype everything.
If you want to get on-line yourself then you are probably talking up to
£1,000 capital costs and around £10/ month for on-line service (exc VAT, telephone costs
and 2nd line if needed). Let Dave or Jenny at APN know if you are thinking of
doing so as it may help negotiate better deals.
The Partnership and Avon Parents Network (APN) will also be working with
the DfEE initiative to get the information service on-line though this is
timetabled for "April 99". It seeks to build on DSS Lone Parent Information
System. We are also looking at how IT can help improve response time and capacity of the
Registration & Inspection Unit as part of the Childcare Audit.
This newsletter done quickly by Dave Sutton. Deadline
for next: 25 December. Happy Xmas!
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FUND -
CONSULTATION ON GUIDANCE
Draft application guidance is available from 0171- 222 3084
.Comments are needed by 21 December 1998. This covers both lottery funding for out of
school hours childcare and out of school learning activities. A copy will hopefully be
appended to this newsletter.
The 600 odd responses to the Childcare Challenge
document have now been summarised. Ring 0845 602 2260 (Quote MCCSRA4) for a copy. Some
The DfEE has also sent out the Interim Assessment of the HERA 2
Project. This involved a national survey to map all training and qualifications
available to childcare workers, and the difficulties of access. A joint PLEIAD/ HERA 2
seminar is being held in Taunton on 20 Jan 99 details from 01242 543 555. Contact
01473 583451 if you want a copy of HERA 2 project..
The Audit Commission has just issued "A Fruitful Partnership
Effective Partnership Working" ring 0800 502030 for a copy.
Interesting to consider after the Awayday. Please let Dave have any thoughts on future
organisation. T:966 9929 or F: 908 3878.
The National Child Minding Association has also produced various
documents on Childminding Networks and Childcare Partnerships. Ring Jane on 902 1121 for
Social Servicess Child & Family Support Services is
being re-organised as from 1 Jan 99. Contact Annie Hudson on 903 7790 for details.
As if there arent enough initiatives, Social Services
also have to submit a Quality Protects Action Plan by the end of January!. A report goes
to Social Services Committee on 7 Dec. & this will overlap with the EY&C Plan
consultation. Early Years & the joint working with Education got a good report in the
recent Review of Bristol Social Services. For further info contact Linda on 903 7989 or
Annie on 903 7790.
OSCA continues to receive funding for new training courses. They
are proving very popular. Contact Claire or Joe on 929 0101 for details.
£60m for SEN
DfEE announced a package of smaller schemes to support an SEN
Action Programme on 5 November. This is geared to various access initiatives and training.
Contact the LEA of Dave if you want more info.
Money has also been allocated for the improved education of Travellers
children. Locally a bid for an extra nursery worker is being sought.
This provides Standards Fund money for their development, which
will then be topped up by NOF lottery money. The LEA is well advanced with developments.
They will need to be considered alongside After School Club proposals in local area
100 LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN:
A group is working to bring the Reggio Emilia exhibition to
Bristol . A pre-meeting is being held on 1pm 27 November at Leigh Court. Contact Sue
Danvers on 955 6380 or Margaret Boushel at SAUS for details.
We are sorting out a way to improve consultation on Planning
applications & started talking to planners about producing a supplementary Planning
COMMON ADMISSION FORM
The Data Working Group have been working on this trying to
build on good examples and the differing needs of different settings. A draft is expected
to be available for consultation during December. Meanwhile September returns are being
analysed showing some a 4660 headcount of four year olds. The population data is
now updated from 91 census thanks to Health Authority data.
Send info for next Newsletter to Early Years
office or to Dave Sutton by 25 December 98.