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BERA's analysis of the proposed baseline assessment for Reception children does not look favourably on the intended system. They say: "In the panel’s view the proposed baseline assessment will not lead to accurate comparisons being made between sc…
The materials to be used by the EYFSP pilot schools have been published following the announcement by Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Friday. You can read the full announcement here. From September, 25 schools across the country a…
DfE have today published updated guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare. The guidance applies to the free entitlements for two-, three- and four-year-olds; securing sufficient childcare for working pa…
If you were not able to attend the recent Pre-school Learning Alliance conference in London, we have completed a write-up of the key-note speakers. You can read it here.
The DfE have published an information leaflet concerning the new baseline assessment (comes into effect from September 2020). You can read the leaflet from here and share your thoughts and comments on this thread.
Following the treasury select committee's damning comments on the early years funding calculations Ceeda have calulated that there will be a £500 million shortfall in early years funding. You can read the Ceeda report here. You can discuss the re…
The Department of Education has issued guidance to support the appointment of SENCOs. The job description that has been published can be accessed from here. Additionally, a EY SENCO L3 qualification specification has been published. The qual…
New support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school have been announced today (30 April) by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. You can read about this funding boost and the pr…
Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP, has announced an inquiry into the impact that the early years of a child's life have on their life chances. The Committee’s inquiry aims to understand the impact that early years educa…
As we have discussed before on the FSF the business rates re-evaluation that happened last year created significant increases for many non-charity run early years settings. With the increasing costs of minimum/living wage, pensions and c…
The DfE have announced this morning that NFER have 'won' the bid to provide the baseline assement for Reception children beginning in Autumn 2020. It seems from the various news pieces available that the other other two potential bidders Early…
Latest research from Prof Kathy Sylva, Prof Pam Sammons and their team at the University of Oxford has used administrative data, a survey of local authorities and a series of case studies to paint a picture of what has happened to children’s cen…
An important point on the BBC today: "Two in three councils providing nursery services do not employ any men, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. How can diversity in the profession be improved?". David Wright, who wrote this article
Following the recent APPG meeting where Michelle Dyson (DfE) spoke regarding the funding and childcare costs faced by settings, we were asked to provide 'hard' evidence from the sector. We have received from the DfE a template document that will…
Report reveals that childcare prices have surged at double the rate of inflation, undermining Government’s new investments. Following the rollout of new government support schemes in 2017, most parents are now entitled to some help with childcare c…
Ofsted have announced that the SEF document, generally completed online, will cease to be used from 1st April 2018. The SEF, in the current format, was never a statutory requirement, now it won't be available at all. The requirement for all…
Ceeda is a private sector research agency specialising in early years research. They have carried out research into the state of the sector using data gathered from 800 childcare providers including 245 childminders and 555 nurseries and p…
 Following a survey conducted since the introduction of the 30 hours 'free scheme' the PLA have issued the following headline findings: Nurseries are making up losses by upping fees for younger children and charging for meals and n…
In The Guardian there is an open letter signed by over 1700 concerned individuals including well-known sector names such as Anna Ephgrave, Neil Leitch, June O'Sullivan and David Whitebread. Together they are expressing their concerns "over the p…
The fund, announced in November 2016, has quietly been scrapped and is now missing from the list of funding options available for Early Years providers. You can read the full story on this thread.
Pupils in England’s schools are currently taught about relationships, health and the wider world through sex and relationship education (SRE) and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) lessons. The Government would like to hear you…
Ofsted have today released their 'Bold beginnings: The Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools' report. In the report, findings from  research led by Gill Jones HMI, recommendations for practice and considerations f…
In the recent budget, the Chancellor announced a rise in the level of minimum wage and also the living wage. The early years funding rates have also been announced for 2018/19. You can read the new rates and comment on the thread 'Costing news …
At the beginning of the month FSF ran a survey to prepare for the early education and childcare APPG meeting on November 1st. 867 FSF members responded and the headline data is interesting: The financial impact of the 30 hours scheme has…
If parents want to continue to receive funding in January they must reconfirm their eligibility this month. They need to log into their government childcare account