Play Across the Lifespan Conference – 27th June 2013 – 9.00am – 5.00pm – Leeds metropolitan university
For service providers, practitioners and researchers and anyone with an interest in how play can benefit the whole population – from babies to older people and everyone in between.
Leeds Metropolitan University in partnership with Leeds Play Network is hosting a day of presentations and workshops, bringing together service providers, practitioners and researchers to discuss the many ways in which play can benefit the whole population –from babies to older people and everyone in between. The event will include two keynote speakers, and a wide range of presentations and practical workshops, covering a number of topics, all falling within the general theme of the conference. For further information about the keynote speakers and how to book please click here.
Providers and individuals will be liable for the full cost of a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) from the beginning of July, when the Government removes the subsidy that has been in place since 2002. Currently the checks are obtained free through organisations, which then claim the money back from the DfE.
Under the new arrangement employers and employees will have to pay £26 for a standard check, and £44 for an enhanced check, in order to be registered with Ofsted, and to be employed in a registered childcare setting. However with the introduction of a new Update system there will be a long-term cost saving with the introduction of transferable checks. By subscribing to a new Update system, employees will only have to apply once to the DBS for a certificate which can then be updated and viewed online as they move jobs.
Applications for DBS checks will be honoured under the existing subsidy if received by 28 June.
The government has announced the national minimum wage is to rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October 2013.
Yorkshire Play are holding an open meeting entitled ‘UNITY IN PLAY—BRINGING THE SECTOR TOGETHER’ on Friday 24th May 2013 between 10.00 am—2.00 pm. The event will take place at Sheffield Ice Arena, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S9 5DA. The cost is £17.50 for Yorkshire Play members or £27.50 per non-member. Booking forms and payment must be made by Friday 17th May 2013.
Professor Perry Else will be presenting the keynote speech ‘Making a reality of the child’s right to play worldwide’. There will also be an opportunity to take part in round table discussions on a variety of issues related to play. Click here for further details on how to book and the itinerary for the day.
Why not come down to Leeds Play Network on a Saturday morning for a free fun session using scrap materials in a creative way? Take an opportunity to look around the Play Resource Centre which offers access to affordable scrap and arts/crafts materials. You can stock up on items and take some different creative ideas away. It’s also a good opportunity to have a chat and a coffee too.
Next session: Saturday 27th April 2013 – 10-12pm. If you would like to come along please ring the office on 0113 2016790 to let us know you will be coming.