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On Friday 3rd February FSF were at the Nursery World show in London attending the 'self-regulation masterclass'. The first two speakers, Clancy Blair and C.Cybele Raver are extremely eminent psychologists working in the field of self-regulation in…
The MP quit in response to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that Labour MPs would be expected to back the upcoming Article 50 bill, which will trigger the UK's exit from the EU, in parliament. Tulip will remain as MP for Hampstead and…
The additional 4 four local authorities brings the total number of early implementers to 12. Hopefully the information gained from these trial providers will help inform and educate settings and parents when the full roll out occurs in September.…
The page, designed to help childminders navigate the application and registration process, has been launched as a 3 month trial. Links to useful documents and frequently asked questions are all addressed on the page. You can access the trial page…
The headteachers' union NAHT review group has called for the abolition of tests at the end of KS1 and has asked that the baseline assessment be reintroduced in Reception classes. Their view is that there is too much testing in KS1 and that a single,…
Sean Harford's blog clarifies inspectors' expectations when they are looking at safeguarding in schools and early years settings. Read his blog and access additional documents from here.
Research conducted by Ceeda and commissioned by PLA has highlighted serious miscalculations in the DfE's predicted figures regarding the number of children that will be seeking to claim 30 hours free childcare from September 2017. You can read the…
10 years on from the Bercow review a new inquiry is underway following up the findings regarding children's language and communication skills. The Royal College of Speech and Language is working together with the I CAN charity (who developed the…
The NDNA have released their annual survey about the state of the EY sector. The NDNA are great advocates for providers and so completing their survey accurately and honestly makes it easier for them to represent the sector comprehensively. The…
The government has announced the successful bidders for the capital funding attached to the 30 hour provision. There will be 6 focus areas to begin with and then there are other additional Local Authorities who will receive funding to enable their…
Children and Young People Now (CYP) have been told that "the children's centres consultation is still going ahead, and is likely to launch in early 2017 as a departmental priority, separate of the social justice green paper". You can read their…
The report summarises the responses sent by various sector contributors and lists the findings clearly. The findings include Provider difficulties with the Ofsted registration and inspection processes, changes to statutory requirements, the impact…
Sir Michael Wilshaw's final annual report has been released and the sector has had a chance to digest the contents. Gill Jones HMI has spoken to Nursery World to explain and clarify the findings as they relate to Early Years. There are several…
The National Association of Headteachers(NAHT) has called for a reallocation of funds from the government's grammar school plans towards investment in early years. The NAHT state that investment in early years has more impact on social mobility than…
The handbook has been updated with further information for local authorities. You can download the updated document and associated papers from here.
Yesterday the BBC reported on the closure of 150 children's centres last year.  The figures were obtained by Labour's Dan Jarvis via a written parliamentary question to junior education minister Caroline Dinenage. You can read the article here
In his blog Sean clearly identifies the changes and pinpoints for school leaders exactly what the new requirements entail. You can read his blog here. Gill Jones, Ofsted's Deputy Director of Early Education, contributes to the discussion in her…
On her Twitter page (@cj_dinenage) today the minister for early years reported that DfE (@educationgovuk) had "received an amazing 4074 responses to (the) consultation on maths/english skills for early years staff". FSF responded saying that we were…
FSF members have this week been reporting telephone calls from people claiming to be from the DfE. Members are sure this is a scam and so be careful! You can read about it here, on this thread.
There are many useful links and updates about all the changes and discussions that are currently ongoing in early years. It would be useful for you to read it and make sure you are 'on top' of all the news. You can add yourself to their mailing list…
The low pay commission has released their Autumn report and has highlighted clearly the impact of the ongoing statutory wage increases for workers. The early years sector, as a care industry, is identified as one of three sectors that will find it…
We attended the Westminster debate on Monday and listened with interest as MPs discussed the current situation in early years with the Minister Caroline Dinenage. You can read about our involvement and watch the debate on Parliament TV from here.
On Monday 21st November we attended the London meeting to hear from the Childcare works team and the DfE about the 30 years pilots and the full roll out in September 2017. You can read our notes and download the presentation documents from this 
Helen Jones MP calls for cross party early years inquiry: At the Petitions Committee debate on Monday 21st November FSF watched as Labour MP Helen Jones called for a cross party EY inquiry to examine the issues facing the sector from all…
In their report 'Putting quality at the heart of early years' the Family and Childcare trust report calls for the introduction of an Early Excellence Fund to support four aims. The aims are: 1) Ensuring there is at least one experienced early years…
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