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Yesterday, the Dept of Health and Public Health England, in conjunction with Action for Children, published guidelines for early years settings to support them in the development of their menus for children under 5. The guidelines are voluntary…
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
Ceeda launched the independent ‘About Early Years’ research programme in May 2017 to track key sector trends on a regular basis and provide timely analysis for childcare providers, policy makers and investors. You can read the overview of the rese…
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 …
 On Thursday 12th October early years ministers debated the impact of the newly introduced 30 hours free funding scheme. The debate was called by Ruth George MP and both Robert Goodwill MP and Tracy Brabin MP spoke at length to set out their own v…
One key finding was that the new 30 hours scheme could widen the gap between disadvantaged children and those able to take advantage of the increased funding. The report says "neither the tax-free childcare scheme nor the 30 hour entitlement for w…
The Government response to the primary assessment consultation was published last week and addressed questions regarding baseline assessment in Reception, the EYFSP and statutory assessments during Key stages 1 and 2. You can read the response…
Following the recent furore surrounding the L3 requirements for Maths and English GCSE the workforce review changed the requirements for English and Mathematics qualifications. The Government is now reforming the functional skills qualifications…
Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn and former Shadow Early Years Minister, has been confirmed as Chair of the Childcare and Early Education All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). Ms Siddiq is an influential and experienced voice…
The full roll-out 'happened' today with providers and parents waiting to see what the impact will be on them once the 30 hours entitlement kicks in. Both PLA and NDNA have been working hard securing press coverage and explaining how the scheme is…
The Childcare Service website has been beset with problems since it was launched earlier this year. Parents have found it difficult to sign up and use the website for it's intended purpose. Following reports of issues, the Treasury select committee…
The Cost of a Child in 2017 report calculates the cost of raising a child in the UK based on the minimum income standard (MIS). MIS is the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard as defined by the public. It is ca…
Amanda Spielman encourages school leaders to make decisions based on their experienced judgement. You can discuss the health and safety implications of Amanda Spielman's comments on this thread.
Ofsted have released a series of short video clips on their You Tube channel. The clips address some of the most common misconceptions about inspections and inspector's expectations. You can watch the clips here and then talk about them on this thr…
The new Minister of State for Children and Families has written an open letter to providers, you can read it here. If you would like to comment on his letter you may do so on this forum thread.
The DfE have updated their guidance for the implementation of the 30 hours having considered feedback from the sector. You can access the updated guidance here: 30 hours free childcare: LA and early years provider guide. The forum thread for your c…
This research piece funded by DfE looked into the following: effect of early education on children’s outcomes, quality of provision and value for money of providing funded early years education to 2-year-olds from lower income families. With re…
Schoolsweek magazine today announced news of the DfE's intention that English schools will join a pilot of PISA tests for 5 year olds this year. A trial will take place between October and December this year in around 20 schools and settings. You c…
The FSF is proud to be part of this small group of early years experts who are working together with MPs to ensure that the voice of the sector is heard in Parliament. You can read about it in Nursery World and here on this thread.
New shadow early years minister announced: In the announcement of the new shadow cabinet, Tracy Babin MP (Batley and Spen) has been selected as shadow minister for early years.  Elected to Parliament in October 2016, the Batley and Spen by-election…
The minister who has responsiblity for early years, Caroline Dineage, has been moved from the DfE to the DWP. There hasn't been an announcement regarding her replacement yet. We also don't have a shadow minister representing early years
Professor Dr Paul Ramchandani has been appointed Professor of Play at the PEDAL research centre in Cambridge. A clinical backgorund in child and adolescent psychiatry and an interest in the impact of parental involvement in early years development g…
Early Education have usefully published a breakdown of how the different political parties are approaching early years in the General Election. You can read their comments and breakdown here. As always the FSF remains impartial. If you would like to…
On the site, parents can sign up and start their tax free account and link to their childcare provider. Parents are also able to check their eligibility for the 30 hours provision. The website is called 'Childcare Choices'. 
The Government have released an additional £50m to help with the introduction of the 'free' 30 hours. Whilst the additional funds are welcomed by the sector, some providers have concerns about the 'strings' attached to the money. Notable voices in t…