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Out of school childcare

Ofsted Headlines
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The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework will be in place from September 2019 and includes changes for out of school providers registered on the Early Years register and who only provide care exclusively for children at the beginning and end of the day or in the holiday periods. These providers will be inspected without receiving grades against the four judgements but will receive a single judgement for their overall effectiveness, quality and standards of the Early Years provision. This judgement will be one of three possible outcomes:

  • Met
  • Not met with actions
  • Not met with enforcement.

The inspector will consider the criteria for behaviour and attitudes; personal development; and leadership and management when reaching a judgement as to whether the provider is meeting the EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements. The providers report will include a summary to explain what it is like for a child attending the provision, and will highlight what the provider does well and what could be improved.

Further information can be found in Annex A, page 43 of the Early Years Inspection Handbook

Out of School Professional Training and Support
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The Education People's Early Years and Childcare Service is committed to supporting Early Years and Out of School Childcare provisions and practitioners.

Through a range of services delivered on behalf of Kent County Council by The Education People's Early Years and Childcare Service, our qualified Playwork professionals have a breadth of knowledge, training and hands on experience. This enables them to not only provide professional services for new practitioners and providers which will develop play and playwork skills, knowledge and understanding, but also offers a range of services which will enhance, challenge and extend existing provision and practice.

Our Out of School trainers and advisers have up to date knowledge, skills and information that is aligned to current legislation, guidance and research and are committed to their own development through continued professional development.

The out of school offer is delivered through:

  • Training
  • Support packages
  • Workshops
  • Briefing and networking sessions
  • Publications and products for Out of School provisions.
  • Access to a dedicated Facebook group.

The out of school training and support offer includes:

  • Annual conversation visit
  • Strategic Improvement Visits - focused on the individual needs of your provision
  • Leadership and Management Professional Development Programme
  • Leading the Learning - Outstanding Practitioners Make the Difference
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Are you ready for your inspection?
  • Securing Effective Self-Evaluation
  • Introduction to play and playwork
  • Introducing play theory into practice
  • Creating an effective indoor environment
  • Creating an effective outdoor environment
  • Planning for play, monitoring and evaluation of play opportunities
  • Inclusion
  • Effective relationships and partnerships
  • Improvement and Achievement Award - for further information see our Quality Improvement Awards page

Workforce Development
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Level 2 and 3 - Playwork Award 

The award in Playwork aims to provide learners with the initial skills and knowledge they need if they are interested in becoming a Playworker. It can also form part of a current Playwork practitioner's continuing development.

This award offers the most up-to-date knowledge for working within the play sector and provides clear progression routes for further study.

You can work through the program in manageable steps, gaining credits for individual units and working towards having enough credits for the full qualification.

Further details on these qualifications can be found on our Workforce Development page

Contact Details
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Visit the The Education People website to view the full range of training and support opportunities.

Early Years and Childcare Service
Telephone: 03000 41 23 23