early years

Mike and Lesley Morrison at Hyperspace Paignton, Parent and toddler group

Gov says yes but local council closes parent and toddler group at a time when support services are needed the most

Authored by HyperspacePaignton

Environmental Health has instructed a new parent and toddler group to close during lockdown2, three days after saying it could stay open. Hyperspace in Paignton, Devon, had two visits within three days from the Environmental Health Team. After the second visit, Hyperspace founders Mike and Lesley Morrison were told to shut because they had soft play at the premises and all soft play was banned...

Extra funding for Plymouth children

Authored by Mike Page

More than 970 children from low income families in Plymouth attending Early Years providers will be able to take advantage of the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) from this April.

It was announced last June by the government that the new EYPP worth £300 per pupil, would help narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers.

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Rise in number of Plymouth schools judged 'good' or 'outstanding'

Authored by JenniferJ

Plymouth City Council report that the number of schools and nurseries judged to be good or outstanding by government standards watchdog Ofsted has reached an all-time high in Plymouth.

The Council have taken a snapshot from April this year which showed that 80 per cent of Plymouth primary and secondary schools were judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ for their overall performance on...

Early years settings to join Encompass child support scheme

Authored by JenniferJ

Over a hundred early years settings, including nurseries and pre-schools are set to join the highly successful ‘Encompass’ scheme launched in Plymouth to support children experiencing domestic abuse in their homes.

The work is led by a partnership between the police, involving schools and Plymouth City Council, to ensure that teachers are informed of any reported domestic abuse...