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A non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors has just been released by the Department for Education. Comprising the first column of the original Development Matters document, Early Years Outcomes has been published so that it can be used…
The Department for Education have published the new Statutory Guidance for the EYFS Framework, which comes into force in September 2014.
Chief Inspector Michael Wilshaw has this week written to all early years inspectors, giving instructions on the focus of future inspections. He criticises current inspection reports, saying, 'Too many reports focus on describing the provision in…
Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, has written in a letter to Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, that 'Development Matters' may still be used in early years settings. Her response follows a request from…
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) will remain in place as the EYFS mandatory assessment for 2016/17, instead of the Reception Baseline Assessment, introduced experimentally in 2015.   Baseline Assessments were judged to be i…
The Standards and Testing Agency has approved the following providers for the reception baseline assessment: Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University (CEM) Early Excellence GL Assessment Hodder Education National…
Department of Education have released the national statistics for Early years foundation stage profile results: 2012 to 2013 find them here and join in the forum discussion here
As previously discussed in forum conversations we'd like to confirm that we are officially retiring PRAMS at the end of this academic year (2016). PRAMS is no longer being actively developed, and from 31st July 2016 we will no longer be supporting…
Sam Gyimah, Childcare Minister,has announced that LAs will receive an additional £1.5 million to support them in preparing for the introduction of the EYPP. The EYPP, at a value of £50 million for 2015-2016, will be given to providers delivering the…
The Department for Education have released a model form and letter for parents, to help providers identify which children are eligible for the EYPP. Find it here
Ofsted have published the arrangements for taking action where an inspection is flawed.'Flawed inspections' , published in January 2014, sets out the procedures to be taken in the event of an inspection being so seriously flawed that it is deemed…
Ofsted has announced a toughening up of early years inspections, making it clear that only provision that is ‘good’ or better is good enough for very young children. From 4 November 2013, a judgement of ‘requires improvement’ will replace the curren…
This consultation closes on 30th September, 2013. The government proposes to: remove burdens and simplify processes, enabling providers and parents to more easily navigate the system; replace the General Childcare Register with a Child Safety…
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…
This is a report on the outcomes of the consultation regarding the proposals to make revisions to the framework for the inspection of early years providers from November 2013. You can access the report here
20% of 2-year-olds from some of the poorest families are now eligible for free childcare – this number will double next year.  The Deputy Prime Minister has announced how free childcare for 2-year-olds is being doubled so that 40% of families 'wi…
Ofsted's consultation, closing on 21st March 2014, has followed the Children and Families Bill 2013 which includes provisions for the creation of childminder agencies. The Bill also includes regulation-making powers that will determine how…
The Consultation on the draft SEN Code of Practice, draft Regulations and Transitional Arrangements published today, for more details see here
We are delighted to welcome back Birmingham LA who have just renewed their LA scheme for the 9th year.  If you already belong to the forum as a Birmingham member you need do nothing, your account will automatically be renewed   If you work in Bi…
We are delighted to welcome back East Sussex LA who have just renewed their LA scheme for the 8th year and West Sussex LA who have just renewed for the 4th year.  If you already belong to the forum as a East or West Sussex member you need do n…
Welcome back to members from Oldham for a 3rd year, Northamptonshire & Richmond for a 7th year, Worcestershire for an 8th year.  For details of how to join as part of a Local authority scheme see here
If you have not yet seen Professor Nutbrown's response to the report issued by Elizabeth Truss then find it here and join in discussions about its content.
The PSLA's Neil Leitch has launched an e-petition to try to force a parliamentary debate on proposed changes to staff ratios. You can find this here, and discuss your views in this forum topic.
The DfE has updated the guidance regarding DBS checks. They are much easier to understand and they signpost clearly to the right pages. There are two updated documents to read; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks: childcare providers …