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This section provides a list of resources and information. Each resource has been classified according to the category heading.

The voluntary registration of new employees and job-movers working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults with the Vetting and Barring Scheme, which was due to start on 26 July, has been stopped.

It is time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing. There are now many examples and much evidence of the beneficial impact they can have.’ The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

This page contains links to interesting ideas, resources and inspiration for arts in early years. Please let us know if you have any suggestions to add! It will keep growing so you can check back for more inspiration. We will also tweet about updates through @RbowCollective

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education have responded to recomendations outlined in a report on Cultural Education in England.

'Cultural engagement in London schools: key messages from the rapid evidence assessment' was published in June 2012 by the National Foundation for Educational Research on behalf of A New Direction.The report explores the evidence for the extent, motivations and barriers relating to cultural engagement in London schools.

The Cultural Learning Alliance publish regular updates on education policy on their website, and produce a regular newsletter.

A strategy to help ensure the arts, culture and heritage are open to all

Audiences Plus London have launched CultureMap London, an online mapping resource you can use to investigate how levels of cultural engagement vary across Greater London.

This was a network meeting to explore how the Gold Arts Award can be used as a creative alternative to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in education settings, and how delivery models can be aligned.

The DCSF was renamed the Department for Education and formed on 12 May 2010. It is responsible for education and children's services.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Arts Council of England have published the handbook ‘From policy to partnership: developing the arts in schools’ (2000).

Exploring the opportunities Digital presents is essential for charities and there is a wealth of free advice and guidance available to get us started.

CultureHive is a free resource to help you discover and share best practice in cultural marketing, and a lot more.

The Department of Education released drafts of the new Primary National Curriculum in June 2012.

Guardian Article: Creative early years education: a meeting of minds (and sectors)

Some statistics for Lewisham's early year sector

Useful links to resources and articles looking at Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

18 examples of evaluation tools, methods and approaches

Do you need help with public speaking? Vocal coach, Maeve Diamond, shares five top tools and exercises to make your presenting style better and raise your confidence.

Forest Hill School, a specialist school in performing arts, produces a regular newsletter detailing news and achievements.

Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum survey of what activities young people do/want to do is published.

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An opportunity to visit or invite visitors into your setting to see the early years arts work you do

National Council for Voluntary Organisations has a number of guides around governance and appropriate legal structures to employ when setting up an organisation.

When planning and delivering an arts project, it is important to consider health and safety issues from the outset.

At the planning stage one needs to consider participants, supporting adults, artists and visitors as well as likely venues, potential hazards arising from the immediate environment and the project itself.