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Sector News 30.11.2017

Nov 30, 2017

Councils ‘should produce local strategies’ to boost life chances Every local authority should develop its own strategy for improving life chances for disadvantaged children in order to tackle widening gaps …

Sector News 23.11.2017

Nov 23, 2017

Margaret Horn Event This year’s theme will debate the subject of Men in Childcare – focusing on the benefits for children and business of having a gender balanced workforce. Our …

News Roundup – 22nd – 28th June 2017

Jun 28, 2017

CYPNow Education experts unhappy with DfE primary testing plans Govt ignoring children’s social care crisis Reports of children’s emotional abuse triple Nursery World More children’s centres at risk of closure …

News Round up – 15th – 21st June 2017

Jun 21, 2017

CYPNow Grenfell prompts calls from DfE on reassurances on school fire safety Loughton voices concerns over lack of plans for children’s services EY providers underrepresented on schools forums Reports of …

News Round up – 1st – 7th June 2017

Jun 8, 2017

CYPNow Charity backs SEND reforms DfE charges inadequate councils over children’s centre cuts Drop in number of children living in workless households Labour to scrap govt’s SEND reforms Nursery World …

News Round up – 25th – 31st May 2017

May 31, 2017

CYPNow UKIP would allow unregistered childcare Labour childcare plans to benefit 1.3 m, additional children Inadequate council to close children’s centres Nursery providers criticise unacceptable childcare website problems Nursery World …

News Round up – 18th – 24th May 2017

May 25, 2017

CYPNow Lib Dem pledge vow to treble EYPP Conservatives to scrap free school meals Nursery World Review calls for reception to remain in EYFS Funding available to develop early intervention …

News Roundup 11th – 17th May 2017

May 17, 2017

CYPNow NDNA calls for childcare passport to simplify payment Corbyn attacks Tories over Children Centres closures Campaign group welcomes Labour’s mandatory reporting pledge Poverty damaging children’s health Nursery World Exclusive: …


In episode 19 of the Early Years Podcast, we’re joined by Liz Gant of Imagine Create.

May 8, 2017

By Richard Duddy and Heather Stallard Liz originally appeared on the podcast in at Christmas 2016 (one of the short extra episodes), so we thought it about time we had …

News Roundup – 27th April – 3rd May 2017

May 4, 2017

CYPNow Children’s services leaders question usefulness of abuse and neglect guidance Providers criticise vague free childcare guidance Health visitors’ numbers continue to fall Nursery World Sutton Trust: protect EY funding… …

News Roundup – 20th – 26th April 2017

Apr 27, 2017

CYPNow Children and Social Work Bill to become law within a week Child abuse victims let down by the system Call for 30 hours to be scrapped in favour of …

News Roundup – 13th – 19th April 2017

Apr 19, 2017

Nursery World NDNA urges 30 hours rethink Settings hounded for music licences Fear of inspection Nearly 500 playgrounds will have closed by 2019 CYPNow Labour pledge £900m for free school …

News Roundup – 6th – 12th March 2017

Apr 12, 2017

CYPNow Birmingham EY staff to be consulted on redundancies Labour pledges £900m for free school meals One in four troubled families not happy with access to services Nursery World Pacey …

News Roundup – 30th March – 5th April

Apr 5, 2017

CYPNow Govt fund £30m to improve children’s life chances Charity highlights impact of repeated moves for children living in poverty EY Sector urges Labour to speed up shadow childcare minister’s …

News Roundup – 23rd – 29th March 2017

Mar 29, 2017

CYPNow Child sex offence hit high record Nursery World Greening announces merger of education and skills funding Govt failing to tackle child obesity Training and Mentoring schemes are beneficial New …

In episode 18 of the Early Years Podcast, we talk to Alison Featherbe; former local authority stalwart and now flourishing early years consultant under the name Orange Caterpillar

Mar 25, 2017

by Richard Duddy & Heather Stallard There are a lot of folk wondering how to make that transition from a local authority role to that of a consultant and I …

News Roundup – 16th – 22nd March 2017

Mar 22, 2017

CYPNow Councils failing to support children in need of help DfE launches website ahead of Tax-Free Childcare Nursery World ATL and NUT unions merge Council invests money in Children’s Centre …

News Roundup – 9th – 15th March 2017

Mar 15, 2017

CYPNow Steep drop in Health Visitors and school nurses Worrying lack of demand for childminders ahead of 30 hours Minister announces fund to support SEND facilities Nursery World Govt refusing …

In episode 17 of the Early Years Podcast, we speak to Ali McClure; education and parenting trainer, consultant and author.

Mar 15, 2017

by Richard Duddy & Heather Stallard Ali is probably best known for her book “Making better for boys: in schools, families and communities” and we discuss that in reasonable depth. …

News Roundup – 2nd – 8th March 2017

Mar 8, 2017

CYPNow Pilot provider warns 30 hours is economic suicide £215m to improve SEND Govt to make SRE education compulsory Nursery World Sesame St puppets give refugees children emotional support Mixed …

New Roundup – 23rd February – 1st March 2017

Mar 1, 2017

Nursery World MPs call for tighter restrictions on academy trusts Lack of awareness stops providers applying for EYPP Thousands of providers do not plan to offer 30 hours First Aid …

News Roundup – 16th – 22nd February 2017

Feb 22, 2017

Nursery World EY Campaigners complain against govt price fixing Bolton settings may be forced to close Most parents want EY teachers in nurseries CYPNow Social workers advised to visit homes …

News Roundup – 9th – 15th February 2017

Feb 15, 2017

Nursery World Minister says extra charges viable It’s not ‘free’…it’s funded Children’s ‘red books’ go online from April Alliance wins victory over DfE childcare costs CYPNow Head teachers warn of …

News Roundup – 2nd – 8th February

Feb 8, 2017

Nursery World Concerns over TV show’s claims of free hours money grabbing Most jobless parents will work for 30 hours 30 hours at risk of not living up to parents’ …

News Round up – 26th January – 1st February 2017

Feb 1, 2017

Nursery World Workforce strategy expected end of February Childminders feeling the heat over 30 hours SEED: Latest report include focus on good EY practice Children’s health in the UK a …

Department for Education Updates

Jan 27, 2017

Universities opt in to the Teaching Excellence Framework Published 27 January 2017 Study of early education and development (SEED) Updated 27 January 2017 Cost and funding of early education Published …

News Roundup – 19th – 25th January 2017

Jan 25, 2017

Nursery World Ofsted trails Facebook page for Childminders A final farewell to our preschool Call for re-introduction of baseline check CYPNow DfE underestimate demand for 30 hours Barnardo appointed to …

Early Years Podcast episode 015 – Talking about childcare in the UK

Jan 25, 2017

In episode 15 of the Early Years Podcast we talk to John Warren and Sarka Juric of National Early Years Trainers and Consultants (NEyTCO) We find out more about what …

Early Years Learning just got a whole lot Easier – at nursery and at home

Jan 20, 2017

19th January 2017, Hertfordshire An all-in-one innovative Early Years learning programme producing dramatic results in nurseries across the UK is set to expand thanks to a unique collaboration, with the …

News Round up – 12th – 18th January 2017

Jan 19, 2017

Nursery World Breakfast clubs lifeline for working parents Major new review into children’s speech and language Grandparents’ charity wins kinship carer funding   CYPNow National Citizen Service costs too much …

News Roundup – 4th – 11th January 2017

Jan 11, 2017

Nursery World EY sector’s hopes, fear and dreams  for 2017 Employers’ excuses for not paying minimum wage New £60m funding to support SEND children Scotland first ‘baby boxes’ delivered to …

News Roundup – 29th December 2016 – 4th January 2017

Jan 4, 2017

CYPNow Govt considers future of children’s centres BBC News Keep an eye on children’s online activity Daynurseries.co.uk Do children enjoy unstructured play? Change4Life campaign urges parents to food smart   …

News Roundup – 22nd – 28th December 2016

Dec 28, 2016

Nursery World Grapes choking hazard Charity calls for ‘food bank’ hotline Free children’s books gift in restaurants Virgin Care to run children’s services with Barnardos   CYPNow Accreditation for social …

News Roundup – 15th – 21st December 2016

Dec 21, 2016

Nursery World Childcare Red tape review reveals confusion and high costs of regulation Majority of parents unaware their child is overweight Shake up of school funding to create fairer system …

News Roundup – 8th – 14th December 2016

Dec 14, 2016

Nursery World IFS unconvinced on 30 hour childcare Life chances can be determined by age 3 Childminders’ fury over claim they feed children junk food Parents face huge task to …

News Roundup – 1st – 7th December 2016

Dec 7, 2016

Nursery  World Funding will not be reviewed annually 2.6 million children in working household in poverty More time with mum best for child’s development DfE unveils minimum funding rate EY …

News Roundup – 24th – 30th November 2016

Nov 30, 2016

Nursery World Childminders training to support SEND Nursery introduces ‘drop and shop’ sessions NLW a challenge for childcare employers TV expose’ sparks calls for Ofsted overhaul Level 3 consultation generates …

News Roundup – 17th – 23rd November 2016

Nov 23, 2016

UPDATED Weekly news following Autumn Statement Nursery World UK children least active in UK Make free childcare universal Petition against nursery school cuts Call for EYPP to be doubled to …

News Roundup – 10th – 16th November 2016

Nov 16, 2016

Nursery World 91% of EY providers graded Good/Outstanding Govt reduces restrictions on 30 hours provision Nursery teachers are not the only answer to close the gap More than 120,000 children …

News Roundup – 3rd – 7th November 2016

Nov 7, 2016

CYPNow DfE considers U-turn on EY apprentice requirements DfE develops early warning system for Ofsted inspection failures   Nursery World £3million Childcare Works programme to support 30 hours policy DfE …

News Roundup – 27th October – 2nd November 2016

Nov 2, 2016

Save the Children Report: ‘Untapped potential’ PLA Response to ‘Untapped potential’ report by Save the Children Sue Cowley ‘Saving the children’ Blog in response to ‘Untapped potential’ The pain of …

News Roundup – 27th October – 2nd November 2016

Nov 2, 2016

Save the Children Report: ‘Untapped potential’   PLA Response to ‘Untapped potential’ report by Save the Children   Sue Cowley ‘Saving the children’ Blog in response to ‘Untapped potential’ The …

News Roundup – 20th – 26th October 2016

Oct 26, 2016

CYPNow Councils face £2bn children ‘services’ funding gap Greening announces EYFS to stay Turn Children’s Centres into family hubs says Children’s Commissioner Down Syndrome The challenges facing EY by June …

News Roundup – 12th – 19th October 2016

Oct 19, 2016

CYPNow School nurseries funding review Children’s Workforce guide to qualifications and training Troubled Families programme has little impact Govt confirms nursery schools consultation Govt to establish expert panel  to vet …

News Roundup – 7th – 12th October

Oct 12, 2016

Nursery World Shadow EY minister announced in Labour reshuffle Programme helps to close achievement gap for disadvantaged children UK nursery gets ‘Investors in People’ Platinum Award CYPNow DfE efforts to …

News Roundup – 24th – 30th September 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Nursery World PLA Campaign #FairFutureFunding aims to end EY funding shortfall 29 Sept School readiness is only part of transition 27 September Penn Green opens first satellite nursery 28 September …

News Roundup – 19th – 23rd September 2016

Sep 23, 2016

PSLA Govt must come clean on 30 hours 22 September   Nursery World Govt should admit 30 hours ‘fail’ 22 September DoH warns against plug sockets danger 20 September Caroline …

News Roundup – 12th – 16th September 2016

Sep 16, 2016

The Independent Children’s mental health has hit crisis point- and damaging education reforms are to blame 10 Sept   The Guardian Wraparound childcare failing due to lack of funding 14 …

News Roundup – 5th – 9th September 2016

Sep 9, 2016

Nursery World Why ‘school readiness’ is backwards thinking 5 Sept Pilot settings put conditions on 30 hours offer 5 Sept Health visits key to early diagnosis 5 Sept Scrap free …

In episode 14 of the Early Years Podcast, we talk to the esteemed Kathy Brodie.

Sep 5, 2016

Kathy could be called a trainer, consultant, author, lecturer or an EYT (amongst many other positive things!) and all those titles would fit. I’d also be inclined to add the …


Childcare Expo set to go wild in Midlands

Sep 1, 2016

Following on from the success of the launch of the first Childcare Expo in Manchester, sights are set on the return to the Ricoh Arena at the end of September. …

News Roundup – 22nd – 26th August 2016

Aug 26, 2016

OFSTED EY and childcare providers: EY3 changes to individuals (August 2016) EY and childcare registration handbook (published July 2016) no 150150 OFSTED video Ofsted has no preferred style of teaching …

In the early years podcast episode 13 we talk to the esteemed Professors Christine Pascal OBE and Tony Bertram from the famous Centre for Research in Early Childhood.

Aug 22, 2016

Tony and Chris join us to talk about their findings from the “High Achieving White Working Class Boys Research Project”. Our new favourite scholarly pairing decided to carry out some …

Exclusive: Caroline Dinenage to be minister with responsibility for early years education

Aug 8, 2016

by Helen Ward | TES Announcement follows concerns over delay raised by early years campaign group Caroline Dinenage will be the Department for Education minister responsible for early years and childcare, TES …

Christie & Co sells Positive Steps nursery group to Busy Bees

Aug 2, 2016

Christie & Co is delighted to announce the sale of Positive Steps Children’s Day Nurseries Ltd – an established group of eight impressive childcare settings and one development site with …


Janet Jones obituary

Aug 2, 2016

By Lesley Jones My mother, Janet Jones, who has died aged 86, was a teacher whose passions were early-years education and equality of the sexes. She worked tirelessly in both fields …

Review to examine speech and language services

Jul 29, 2016

By Neil Puffett | Children & Young People Now An independent review of service provision for children’s speech, language and communication needs will be held, it has been announced.  The review, …

Major pay survey from Nursery World and Pre-school Learning Alliance

Jul 29, 2016

by Liz Roberts | Nursery World Nursery World and the Pre-school Learning Alliance have teamed up to run a survey on early years pay, conditions and recruitment issues. Pay, recruitment …

Concerns over ‘delay’ in appointment of new childcare minister

Jul 28, 2016

By Jess Brown | Children & Young People Now Figures in the early years sector have raised concerns that a new childcare minister is yet to be appointed, two weeks after …


Tory MP calls on government to fund children’s centre overhaul

Jul 27, 2016

By Jess Brown | Children & Young People Now A Conservative MP has called on government to provide funding to help local authorities across England turn children’s centres into “family …

Teaching union creates early years council

Jul 27, 2016

by Hannah Crown | Nursery World A ‘sector council’ which aims to raise the profile of early years by lobbying on key issues has been created by NAHT. The impact …

Fears for early years review amid schools funding delay to 2018

Jul 27, 2016

by Jo Parkes | Nursery World Sector leaders have responded with dismay at news that the roll out of the new schools national funding formula will be delayed by a …

In episode 12 of the Early Years Podcast, we talk to Karen Corrie of Greenbank Woodland Play.

Jul 23, 2016

Greenbank is a forest school on the outskirts of Glasgow in bonnie Scotland. After the children are greeted with a brief welcome and risk assessment under shelter, it’s then all …

Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

Jul 21, 2016

From: Home Office and Department for Education First published:21 July 2016 Summary This consultation seeks views on the possible introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect or a duty …

Childcare costs denying working families a good living standard – study

Jul 20, 2016

by Patrick Butler, Social policy editor | The Guardian Benefit cuts and rising costs are reducing minimum income needed by low paid to live well, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation High childcare …

NSPCC issues warning over leaving children home alone

Jul 20, 2016

by BBC As schools break up for the holidays, a children’s charity is urging parents to think carefully before leaving children home alone over the summer. The NSPCC says last …

Amanda Spielman confirmed as next Ofsted Chief Inspector

Jul 19, 2016

by Gov.uk Amanda Spielman has today been confirmed as the next Chief Inspector of Ofsted after approval by the Privy Council. The Education Secretary today announced the appointment of Amanda …

From Disappointment to Anger

Jul 19, 2016

David Wright | SAMEY The comments attributed to Andrea Leadsom last week regarding her thoughts on the risk associated with having a male nanny, during her interview with the Times, may …

Boys ‘twice as likely to fall behind girls’ in early years

Jul 18, 2016

By Hannah Richardson | BBC News education reporter Boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school, a report says. Save the …

East Riding Council celebrates stamp of approval for childcare

Jul 18, 2016

by Pocklington Post Tracy Stephenson, of the National Portage Association (second right), with Lesley Jarvis, portage worker; Jane Howe, portage supervisor; Hayley Kilkenny, of Pocklington Childrens Centre; childminder Deborah Waite; …

Outrage over Leadsom’s comments that male childcarers might be paedophiles

Jul 18, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World The early years sector has been outraged by comments made by Andrea Leadsom, the new environment and rural affairs secretary, who claimed that men …

Nursery schools given hope of funding boost at APPG

Jul 15, 2016

by Liz Roberts | Nursery World Maintained nursery schools were told that the early years funding review would ‘allow them to flourish’ at the All Party Parliamentary Group meeting this …

Not too much to ask for

Jul 15, 2016

by Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Neil Leitch says the delay in the early years funding consultation makes it impossible for the sector to prepare for …

An open letter to Justine Greening: ‘You can’t achieve lasting change without engaging teachers and leaders’

Jul 14, 2016

by Russell Hobby | TES The teaching workforce is the new education secretary’s greatest asset. And the profession is ready to participate in change, says the general secretary of the NAHT headteachers’ …


Ofsted calls for unspent millions to benefit two-year-olds

Jul 14, 2016

New report says that last year around 80,000 eligible children did not take up their free place at an early years setting. Tens of thousands of disadvantaged 2-year-olds are not …

Justine Greening appointed new education secretary

Jul 14, 2016

By Sean Coughlan | BBC Education correspondent Image copyright – GETTY IMAGES Image captionJustine Greening has already been warned by teachers about school funding problems Justine Greening has been appointed as …

Standard for teachers’ professional development

Jul 12, 2016

Updated Guidance: From: Department for Education First published: 12 July 2016 Applies to: England A description of effective practice in professional development for teachers. Documents Standard for teachers’ professional development PDF, 117KB, …


Councils confirm 30-hour childcare funding rates

Jul 12, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World The final two local authority areas taking part in the 30-hour childcare pilots for working parents have revealed how much they will pay providers. …

Helping disadvantaged young children: how good are local authorities and early years providers?

Jul 12, 2016

Unknown children – destined for disadvantage? Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector commissioned this survey to evaluate the effectiveness of local authorities and early years providers in tackling the issues facing disadvantaged …

Initial teacher training: government response to Carter review

Jul 12, 2016

From: Department for Education First published: 12 July 2016 Part of: Teaching and school leadership Applies to: England Reports commissioned by DfE in response to the Carter review of initial teacher training and …

Exclusive: Colleges blame GCSE requirement for fall in EYE take-up

Jul 11, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery Wordl Further education colleges have seen a significant drop in their number of Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) students, with the GCSE maths requirement …

What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit

Jul 8, 2016

by Suzanne Zeedyk I think that, over the last week, I have read just about every Brexit opinion piece published anywhere.  What is there to be said that hasn’t been said?  …

WORK ASSIGNED – Consultancy support needed (London)

Jul 6, 2016

Pre-Ofsted registration / Nursery start-up Consultancy support needed. Location: London The potential client, May Chmiest,  doesn’t have any Early Years experience (except being a mum). She has been running her own business …

Sam Gyimah: vision for early years workforce and Millie’s Mark

Jul 4, 2016

by Department for Education and Sam Gyimah MP Childcare and Education Minister speaks to the NDNA conference and introduces Millie’s Mark, a voluntary safety standard for nurseries. Thank you for …

Daily roundup 4 July: Youth services, Brexit, and mental health

Jul 4, 2016

By Adam Offord | Children & Young People Today Mayor of London to “sell water cannon to fund youth work”; DfE vows to push ahead with reforms despite Brexit vote; …

Leading charity to help run council’s failing children’s services

Jul 4, 2016

By Adam Offord | Children & Young People Now A leading children’s charity is to help run looked-after children’s services at an “inadequate” rated local authority, in what is thought …

Schools to open in the holidays to support poor families

Jul 4, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World Glasgow schools are opening in the summer holidays for the first time to offer meals and activities for families that struggle financially without free …

‘Inadequate’ council pumps £10m into children’s services

Jul 1, 2016

By Jess Brown | Children & Young People Now A council has announced plans to invest £10.2m in children’s services over the next five years as part of continuing efforts …

Third shadow education secretary appointed

Jul 1, 2016

by Jo Parkes | Nursery World Angela Rayner today became the third shadow education secretary to have held the post this week. Angela Rayner MP The Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne …

GCSE requirements to be reviewed

Jul 1, 2016

by Hannah Crown and Jo Parkes | Nursery World Sam Gyimah this morning promised a review of the GCSE requirements at Level 3. In what he called a ‘big move’, …

Rise in number of two-year-olds in funded early years education

Jun 30, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World New figures show that more than two-thirds of disadvantaged two-year-olds eligible for free early education are now accessing it. There are now 166,920 two-year-olds …

Child poverty rise triggers Brexit warnings

Jun 29, 2016

by Jo Parkes | Nursery World Children’s charities are urging the Government to rule out further welfare cuts amid Brexit uncertainty, after it was revealed child poverty rose by 200,000 …

EU referendum result: What does Brexit mean for the UK’s higher education sector and students?

Jun 27, 2016

by The Independent NUS president Megan Dunn writes to David Cameron, seeking assurance students will be ‘thoroughly consulted’ and that a ‘proactive effort’ is made to include their voices in any decisions made …


The tax implications post-Brexit

Jun 27, 2016

by Robert Lovell, Managing Editor | AccountingWEB.co.uk AccountingWEB takes a look at the short, medium and longer-term tax implications of the UK’s break with the European Union. Following the Leave victory …

Early years sector voices concern over Brexit

Jun 27, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World Leaders in the early years sector have been weighing up the cost to childcare policy of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. …

Sector airs views on red tape

Jun 27, 2016

by Jo Parkes | Nursery World With the forthcoming expansion of the free entitlement, the overwhelming message from the sector is that early years businesses need help to ensure provision …

Brexit – does it matter for early years?

Jun 27, 2016

by Liz Bayram, chief executive, PACEY Liz Bayram looks at what leaving the EU will mean for the sector. On the face of it, for anyone working in early years …

The EU Referendum Result – The voluntary sector is needed now more than ever

Jun 24, 2016

by Stuart Etherington | NCVO However you cast your vote yesterday, it is indisputable this morning that Britain has taken a decision with the most significant of consequences. The repercussions for our …

Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement in Downing Street on the outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Jun 24, 2016

The country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise – perhaps the biggest in our history. Over 33 million people – from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and …

Brexit: Vote to leave the EU will delay education policies

Jun 24, 2016

Sophie Scott | Schools Week Questions have been raised about the impact of today’s vote to leave the European Union on the government’s education policies. Prime minister David Cameron, who …

Study suggests link between air pollution and childhood mental health

Jun 21, 2016

by Pre-School Learning Alliance Umeå University in Sweden has released a report which associates neighbourhood air pollution with childhood mental health. Researchers at the university compared data on dispensed medicines …

Risk that poorer families could miss out on 30 hours childcare

Jun 20, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World A leading multi-academy trust has warned that disadvantaged children could be pushed out of free childcare, as schools convert nursery class places for working …

Free Entitlement to Early Years Education inquiry

Jun 16, 2016

Inquiry status:open Report published 15 June 2016. Awaiting Government response. Report published Report: Entitlement to free early years education and childcare Report with oral evidence: Entitlement to free early years …

Swindon council confirms details of 30-hour pilot

Jun 15, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery Word Hospital workers in Swindon will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare from September as part of the early implementer pilot scheme. The …

Childcare minister calls 30-hour funding problems ‘a myth’

Jun 13, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World Childcare minister Sam Gyimah has dismissed ongoing issues around childcare funding as a ‘myth’. In his keynote speech to the Pre-school Learning Alliance conference, …


Amanda Spielman chosen as new Ofsted chief

Jun 10, 2016

by Education & Family Team | BBC Amanda Spielman has been chosen as the next chief inspector of Ofsted by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Ms Spielman, currently chair of exams …

Pre-school Learning Alliance CEO Neil Leitch’s keynote speech on 30 hours

Jun 10, 2016

Neil Leitch, chief executive, Pre-school Learning Alliance keynote speech delivered at the Pre-school Learning Alliance annual conference on Friday 10 June at the Park Plaza Riverbank, London. It’s good to …

Government urged to tackle barriers for childminders over free childcare plans

Jun 9, 2016

By Joe Lepper | CYP UK The government has over-estimated the role childminders and childminder agencies will play in delivering 30 hours of free childcare, an early years organisation has …

Jerome S. Bruner, Pioneering Education Psychologist, Dies at 100

Jun 9, 2016

By Sarah D. Sparks | Education Week Jerome Seymour Bruner, one of the primary drivers of the “cognitive revolution” in psychology in the 1960s and an active scholar, died June …

Life chances: the importance of earliest relationships

Jun 6, 2016

Many of the UK’s most prominent parenting and children’s organisations have joined together with the charity Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK to launch the UK’s first national Infant Mental Health …

ICO warns people to think before taking client records to a new company

May 27, 2016

by ICO A former waste disposal employee who left his job, taking information about previous clients with him, has been prosecuted and fined. Mark Lloyd, who worked at Acorn Waste …

Underfunding: Chain restricts funded-only 15-hour places

May 27, 2016

27 May 2016 by Hannah Crown A nursery chain which has defended a ‘general extras’ charge as necessary to subsidise government-funded places has published a new policy to help get …

Serious case reviews to be scrapped

May 26, 2016

By Neil Puffett The current system of serious case reviews (SCRs) will be scrapped and replaced with a new way of investigating child deaths, the government has said. The current …

Study finds little lasting impact from free hours

May 26, 2016

by Jo Parkes | Nursery World The £2bn a year free early years entitlement scheme has done little to boost education outcomes – because most children taking up the provision were …

Fresh funding fears over 30-hours free childcare plans

May 18, 2016

by Jess Brown | CYP Now [symple_box color=”green” fade_in=”false” float=”right” text_align=”left” width=”33%”]Join us…. 30 hours funding agenda (Expectations, threats… and more) & NEyTCO North West Regional Meeting Date(s): 15/06/2016 Time: …

Lighting up young brains

May 17, 2016

How parents, carers and nurseries support children’s brain development in the first five years This paper was written by Jerome Finnegan, with support from Kayte Lawton. Thanks to Dr Louise …

Children’s Day Nurseries – Sector Insight

May 17, 2016

by Christie & Co Q1 2016 – Busy & Buoyant Our specialist childcare team have enjoyed a very busy and buoyant Q1 2016. The high levels of activity that we …

Unions call for halt to academisation

May 17, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World Teaching unions are warning against the Government’s plans to press ahead with a new Education Bill in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech. Despite the recent climb-down …

‘Champagne nurseries, lemonade funding’ cards sent to House of Commons

May 17, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: On 17th May, the House of Commons will be a little more colourful than usual with the arrival of sackfuls of brightly coloured envelopes containing a message from …

Local authorities reveal details of 30-hour rates

May 16, 2016

by Catherine Gaunt | Nursery World More local authorities have confirmed details of the funding for the 30-hour childcare pilots, with the early education entitlement and the extra childcare paid …

Ofsted rates council’s children’s services as ‘requires improvement’

May 16, 2016

By Neil Puffett | CYP Now A council has been told to improve its services for children in care following an inspection by Ofsted. Early intervention work in Bury was …

Forced academy plan abandoned by Tories in major climbdown

May 10, 2016

The Government has abandoned plans to turn all of England’s schools into academies. In the wake of a growing rebellion by backbench Tories, the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been …

Secret Teacher: please show more respect for early years education

May 7, 2016

If I had a pound for every time someone said I am basically a babysitter, I could retire soon. But I am a highly trained teaching professional, and should be …

Next steps to spread educational excellence everywhere announced

May 6, 2016

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP First published: 6 May 2016 Government announces next steps in implementing the educational excellence everywhere white paper. The government is committed …

DfE Consultation: Changes to disqualification arrangements

May 6, 2016

The DfE  plans to revise arrangements for those disqualified from working with children because they live with a disqualified person. The arrangements apply to people working in: schools non-domestic registered …

“Nurseries pull out of 30-hour free childcare pilot over funding dispute”

May 5, 2016

By Jess Brown | CYP Now The majority of childcare providers in York have refused to trial the 30-hour childcare expansion because the rates being offered are insufficient, it has …

The time is right for a Royal College for Early Childhood

May 3, 2016

Source: Nursery World Magazine by Hannah Crown It is nearly twenty years since the birth of a more integrated approach to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in England. The rapid …

Natasha Devon: ‘Britain’s child mental health crisis is spiralling out of control’

Apr 29, 2016

Before they reach the age of 12, children are not allowed to push in a rugby scrum. The law also prohibits them from lifting weights in a gym until they …

York nurseries not paid enough to provide “free” childcare, owners warn

Apr 27, 2016

by  Mike Laycock, The York Press CHILDREN’S nurseries could become unviable and forced to close after City of York Councilfroze their funding for the fourth year running, owners have warned. …

SEND Resources from DfE

Apr 27, 2016

The SEND reforms put children and families at the heart of the SEND system, and local areas are working hard to make this a reality. To support local areas to …

Parents back providers for reversal of GCSE requirements

Apr 25, 2016

A new poll has revealed that 70% of parents disagree with the government’s GCSE policy which states that all Level 3 practitioners must have at least a C in English …

Doubling of free childcare ‘could force nurseries to close’

Apr 20, 2016

By Judith Burns, BBC Nearly 750 childcare providers say they fear being put out of business by government plans to double free hours, says the Pre-school Learning Alliance. In 2017, …

IEA ECES EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICIES AND SYSTEMS IN EIGHT COUNTRIES

Apr 19, 2016

by CREC Since 2013 CREC has been working with the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) on an international study on early childhood education (ECES). The first …

Early Years Arts Mapping Project – East Midlands

Apr 19, 2016

The Mighty Creatives are currently mapping the types and geographic coverage of early years arts provision across the East Midlands. Early years arts is currently a key strategic focus of …

State of Education – Survey Results

Apr 17, 2016

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Early years teacher training courses withdrawn

Apr 15, 2016

by: Sophie Scott | Shools Week Two universities have pulled their early years teacher training courses just five months before the start of the next academic year. The University of Winchester …

Developments in education inspection – New complaints scrutiny panels

Apr 12, 2016

Sean Harford, 12 April 2016 Back in June last year, when Ofsted announced the changes to inspection under the common inspection framework, we also explained how we intended to strengthen the …

MPs call for nursery schools to become academies

Apr 11, 2016

by Jess Brown, Children & Young People Now Nursery schools should be allowed to become academies otherwise some will struggle to survive, a group of MPs and peers have warned. …

#SaveOurEarlyYears – Neil Leitch, Pre-school Learning Alliance

Apr 9, 2016

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Deadline 29th April 2016 for Local Authorities!!!

Apr 7, 2016

Delivering 30 hours of free childcare – call for expressions of interest (EOI) from local authorities   Ministers will be making capital grants available to early years settings through a …


Champagne Nurseries – Lemonade Funding

Apr 7, 2016

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Value of informal childcare

Apr 7, 2016

ONS releases analysis of formal and informal childcare trends today as part of The Household Satellite Account (HHSA) which measures unpaid home production in the UK. Childcare chapter here… Table of …

30-hour free childcare entitlement

Apr 5, 2016

This consultation closes at 6 June 2016 5:00pm DfE is seeking views on: how local authorities should work with childcare providers to provide the entitlement how we meet the needs of working …

Toddlers ‘need early years teachers in nurseries’

Mar 30, 2016

By Katherine Sellgren | BBC News education reporter Every nursery in England should have a qualified early years teacher to help toddlers develop skills like speech and language, a children’s charity …


Every school to become an academy, ministers to announce

Mar 17, 2016

Source: BBC by Chris Cook, Policy editor, Newsnight Plans to force all schools in England to become academies are to be outlined in the Budget on Wednesday. The Department for Education is …


The Budget 2016

Mar 17, 2016

George Osborne presented the first Spring Budget of this Parliament on Wednesday 16 March 2016. In his speech the Chancellor reported on ‘an economy set to grow faster than any …


Ofsted to directly manage early years inspections

Mar 1, 2016

Hello NEyTCO, We are delighted with the news that Ofsted is bringing early years inspections back in-house.  This is great news for the sector, children and parents. It was the …


WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MEETING Minutes – 10th February 2016

Feb 26, 2016

Dear Colleague, The minutes of the recent West Midlands regional meeting are here. MINUTES EYMatters Regional Meeting Minutes 10.2.16 It was really good to see all those who were able …

Special Offer by Ali McClure

Jan 20, 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We  are really excited about our new training courses  and would be delighted to share them with you. BOOK A SECOND COLLEAGUE OR SECOND COURSE  FOR …

Sue Atkins’ Parenting Made Easy

Dec 15, 2015

New FREE Application from Sue Atkins – Parenting Made Easy – to help parents with tools and techniques to have a happier home. [symple_button url=”https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1057025620&mt=8″ color=”pink” size=”large” border_radius=”5px” target=”self” rel=”” icon_left=”” …

Funding review on 30 hours to be published on 25 November

Nov 16, 2015

The results of the 30 hours funding review coming up! Sam Gyimah announced at Nursery World’s Business Summit in London, that the Department for Education with a team of consultants …

Ofsted Updates (2015) – Changes to education inspection

Sep 3, 2015

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI), sent a letter to schools and a letter to early years providers in England. Updated documents: Common inspection framework: education, skills and early …

East Midlands Regional meeting minutes

Jul 22, 2015

Dear member, I would like to thank you for attending the launch meeting hosted by Laura – we very much appreciate you giving your time and thoughts and sharing your …

Welcome to the London Ofsted Big Conversation; A Meeting with Three Wise Inspectors on 24th June 2015

Jul 17, 2015

We met in the London NatWest Head Office in Little Argyle Street on a warm day. Like all OBC we had some regulars and some new people but the mix …

SEND Magazine

SEND Magazine July 2015

Jul 17, 2015

Read the latest issue of an interactive magazine for Special Educational Needs & Disability professionals and parents – SEND. Click the link below for your digital version of SEND Magazine to …


NEyTCO – London Regional Meeting – Dates for your diary!

Jul 16, 2015

Wednesday 7th October 2015 Wednesday 22nd April 2016 Friday 10th June 2016 October 24th October 2016

Government U turn over GCSE requirements for EYE

Jul 1, 2015

From 1 August, Level 3 apprentices were warned that they needed minimum C grades in English and Maths to start their EYE course, but now the government has made a …

Invisible children: ignored by government and bearing the brunt of spending decisions

Jul 1, 2015

Children’s charities today (Wednesday 1st July) launched a damning report highlighting how Government policies and spending decisions have failed to prioritise children. Based on the evidence in the report, children’s charities …

Changes to education inspection from September 2015

Jul 1, 2015

These changes will come in to effect from September 2015. You can read the presentations from Ofsted’s  launch events here, a full guidance page here, a brief summary here and the following …

Help to up-skill childcare staff before they reach the frontline

Jul 1, 2015

Press release from: Department for Education and Sam Gyimah MP First published: 1 July 2015 Part of: Childcare and early education Exit requirements for English and maths will ensure high quality childcare for all. People …

The Conservative Manifesto

Jun 22, 2015

The Conservative Manifesto pledged to double the current free childcare entitlement to 30 hours per week, for 3 and 4 year-olds of working parents, up to 570 hours per year – which is great news …

Ofsted extends third-party early years inspection contracts

Jun 10, 2015

Ofsted will continue to outsource the vast majority of its early years inspection work despite opposition from providers, it has emerged. Ofsted has announced it will extend third-party contracts for …

Regional Meeting London (with talks on the Tendering process and Social Media)

Jun 3, 2015

At our London meeting, we were joined by guest speakers Mary Edwards & Richard Duddy Mary Edwards is a Director at The Blackbird Consultancy and has a wealth of expertise in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and …

Gallery of Inspiring and Effective Spaces for Young Children

May 26, 2015

This link lets you both view the gallery and upload new photos to it. Don’t forget to add your name and country. This gallery will be publicized in the July/August …

First Regional Meeting for West Midlands

May 6, 2015

Notes from our first meeting below: EYMatters WM Region Minutes 24 2 15 Our next meeting will be: 2nd June 2015 6.30pm for 6.45pm with a ‘Teach Meet’ at MBK …

Election Special: Who gets the early years sector’s vote?

May 5, 2015

Just days away from the most closely contested General Election in recent years, we asked you to share your views on which party you will be voting for and why. …

Exclusive – Analysis uncovers true cost of party childcare pledges

May 5, 2015

Data experts have costed the three main parties’ pledges on extended free childcare. The Tory pledge to provide 30 hours per week for three and four-year-olds comes in at £4.6bn, …

Flying Start

Apr 30, 2015

Flying Start is the Welsh Government targeted Early Years programme for families with children under 4 years of age in some of the most deprived areas of Wales. Flying Start …

Education Scotland – Inspection Advice Note (2014-15)

Apr 30, 2015

This advice note supports colleagues involved in early years, school and learning community inspections from August 2014. It takes account of progress with Curriculum for Excellence in early years settings, …

The new SEND Magazine

Apr 30, 2015

The first edition of the new interactive magazine for teaching professionals and carers of children and young with Special Educational Needs and Disability! Click here to read Issue 1!

Masters Research Project with the Centre of Research with Early Childhood, Birmingham City University

Apr 30, 2015

You are invited to participate in a short survey questionnaire as part of a Masters Research Project with the Centre of Research with Early Childhood, Birmingham City University. Your participation is …

EU supports promotion alternative childcare services

Apr 29, 2015

On 27 April, at 11:00hrs, an official kick-off conference of the EU-funded project “Promoting Alternative Childcare Services”, will be organised at the EU InfoCentre. At the event, addresses will be …

Our first South West NEYTCO Regional Meeting

Apr 20, 2015

In 2012 I met NEYTCO CEO, Laura Henry, first on Twitter and then at the exploratory meeting at LEYFS in London, along with other Early Years Consultants and Trainers. We …

First Regional Meeting – Yorkshire & Humber

Apr 15, 2015

Notes from our first meeting below: Notes from meeting of Yorkshire 50315 Our next meeting will be: Friday 12 June 2015 @ 11.00am Venue: TBC

Ofsted to inspect early years initial teacher training

Apr 13, 2015

Early years initial teacher training will be inspected for the first time From April 2015 Ofsted will inspect early years initial teacher training providers which provide training for those working …

Virgin Media Business Launches Record £1 Million Prize Fund To Help Growing UK Businesses

Apr 9, 2015

Virgin Media Business has launched a record £1 million prize fund to help growing UK businesses. Pitch to Rich 2015 from Virgin Media Business offers business-changing opportunities for the UK’s growing businesses …

Meningitis B vaccine to be made available to all babies in Wales

Apr 8, 2015

The Welsh Government has announced £7.7m of funding so all babies in Wales will be vaccinated against meningitis B. The move comes after a UK-wide deal was struck with vaccine …

New NHS role added to the DBS eligibility guide

Apr 2, 2015

DBS eligibility has been updated to include a new National Health Service (NHS) role. An NHS role has been added to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. …

Prevent duty guidance for Scotland and England and Wales.

Apr 2, 2015

Documents Prevent duty guidance for Scotland PDF, 423KB, 25 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.Request a different format. If you use assistive technology and need a …

Ofsted News March 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Sections Schools Social care Further education and skills Early years and childcare Across Ofsted Future of education inspection: regional launch events – Learn more about the changes to the way Ofsted …

PLAY CHAMPIONS

Apr 2, 2015

Childminder, playgroup, nursery, children’s centre, and schools – help the Save Childhood Movement to find the UK’s best play settings! Over the months preceding NCDUK2015 the Save Childhood Movement will be …

National Children’s Day UK – Sunday 17th May 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child (Article 31). …

Future of education inspection: regional launch events

Apr 2, 2015

Learn more about the changes to the way Ofsted inspects schools, further education and skills and early years provision from September at regional events. A really positive amount of interest …

State of Children’s Rights in England 2014

Apr 2, 2015

Dear Sector, we wanted to let you know we have just published State of Children’s Rights in England 2014. Our annual report draws on hundreds of sources and responses to Freedom …

Welsh Affairs – Third Report

Apr 2, 2015

Cross-border health arrangements between England and Wales Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons …

Measuring the impact of the ‘Two Hours/Two Periods of Quality Physical Education’ programme

Apr 2, 2015

This report by the Robert Owen Centre at the University of Glasgow examines the effectiveness and quality of Education Scotland’s professional learning initiatives in physical education. It follows investment from …

Food for Thought Fund

Apr 2, 2015

Food for Thought Fund – Education Scotland invites Scottish schools and establishments to apply for Phase 3 of the Food for Thought: Education Fund. An opportunity to apply for up …

Consultation – Proposal for the registration of school learning support workers with the Education Workforce Council

Apr 1, 2015

We are undertaking a consultation to seek the views on the registration of school learning support workers with the Education Workforce Council from April 2016, and the job titles/roles that …

First members meeting – London

Mar 27, 2015

Notes from our first meeting below: EYMatters_Meeting_London_February_2015 We are looking forward to meeting you at the next London Meeting.

First Members Meeting and presentation by Jo Hannan on ‘competitive tendering and bid writing’

Mar 26, 2015

Notes from our first meeting below: 230315 NW Meeting Agenda March 15 230315 NW Meeting Minutes You can find presentation by Jo Hannan on ‘competitive tendering and bid writing’ below NEYTCO …

Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system: LAs and partners

Mar 23, 2015

Departmental advice for local authorities and health partners. Document Ref: DFE-00478-2014PDF, 3.52MB, 44 pages Detail This departmental advice is for: local authorities children’s services social care adult social care health …

Ideas for continual professional development for the early years practitioner

Mar 17, 2015

by Richard Duddy, Astec Solutions   The discussion on quality at last night’s #EYTalking twitter chat closed with a question about continual professional development (CPD) for the early years professional. …

Announcement and call for participation in a University of Sheffield research project

Mar 17, 2015

Should Early Years Practitioners love the children in their care? Professional Love in Early Years Settings [PLEYS]* In recent years, a small but growing number of early years practitioners have …

Early years benchmarking tool

Mar 17, 2015

Information on indicators of local authority (LA) early education services, and ways to compare an individual LA to other LAs. Find it here The early years benchmarking tool includes information …

All nursery staff to have life-saving first aid skills within three years

Mar 16, 2015

By Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent, The Telegraph Millie Thompson’s parents Joanne and Dan said: ‘We are both extremely pleased that the government have listened to our awareness campaign and …

HOUSE OF LORDS Select Committee on Affordable Childcare Report of Session 2014–15

Mar 16, 2015

Affordable Childcare The Select Committee on Affordable Childcare has been appointed by the House of Lords “to consider issues relating to Affordable Childcare”. Membership The Members of the Select Committee …

Food poverty – School holidays and wider impact

Mar 13, 2015

For many vulnerable and low income families, school holiday periods can be a time of stress, anxiety, and indebtedness, rather than fun, relaxing weeks where they get to spend quality time together. Some families …

A Shout Out for the Childcare Apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week

Mar 12, 2015

by June O’Sullivan This National Apprenticeship Week it is time to celebrate the joy and enthusiasm good apprentices bring into an organisation. I have been a supporter of trainees and …

Ofsted HMI pen portraits

Mar 12, 2015

Biographies of Directors Education HMI Early Years HMI Further education and skills HMI Social Care HMI Find them here (PDF document) Directors Biographies for Ofsted’s directors can be found on …

SURVEYING THE SECTOR

Mar 9, 2015

Moving rooms can be unsettling for children and parents alike. Dr Jo Verrill explores mums and dads’ views on how well this process is managed and shares ideas for smooth transitions… Transition …

Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers

Mar 5, 2015

Publication of Professor John Furlong’s report on the future of Initial Teacher Education and Training in Wales. In March 2014, Professor John Furlong was appointed as Initial Teacher Education and …

New Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales announced

Mar 4, 2015

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has announced Her Majesty the Queen has accepted his recommendation that Mr Meilyr Rowlands should become the new HM Chief Inspector of Education and …

Early years providers, places and inspection outcomes statistics – consultation has concluded

Mar 3, 2015

Summary of findings The responses received to the consultation supported most of the proposals, although some proposals were strongly opposed: A large majority of the respondents (79%) agreed with changing …

Launch of Early Learning Community

Feb 27, 2015

Education Scotland is building an online professional learning community for early learning and childcare practitioners.This will be the place where these practitioners and other Scottish educators can come together and …

Local authority to outsource all services – including schools

Feb 25, 2015

By John Dickens – Schoolsweek.co.uk Education services at a county council are set to be taken over by a ‘specialist social enterprise’ as part of a radical overhaul in which …

Integrated health and social care programme expanded

Jan 29, 2015

From: Department of Health First published: 28 January 2015Part of: Making sure health and social care services work together, National Health Service and Social care Programme to promote innovative ways of joining …

Reporting requirements for early years inspectors

Jan 29, 2015

Key principles of report writing Reports should: tell the story of what it is like for a child at this setting be written in short sentences, using clear, simple language …

‘Ofsted must trust schools to be agents of their own accountability. Here’s how.’

Jan 29, 2015

Source: tes.co.uk Suzanne O’Farrell, inspection specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, writes:  This week, Sir Michael Wilshaw will appear before the Parliamentary Education Select Committee. While the …

Joint inspections with Education Scotland

Jan 27, 2015

New arrangements for partnership working between the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland The Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland have recently reviewed their collaborative working approaches for carrying out inspections in …

Consultation launched on future of Welsh apprenticeships

Jan 22, 2015

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, has published a consultation on aligning apprenticeship programmes in Wales with the needs of the economy. Thursday 22 January 2015 Over 51,000 …

New tool will help chart the progress of Foundation Phase learners

Jan 12, 2015

The trial of a new tool designed to help schools and nurseries track the progress of children within the Welsh Government’s flagship Foundation Phase is beginning today. The Foundation Phase …

Chinese pre-schools to adopt NI Early Years programme

Jan 4, 2015

Thousands of pre-schools in China are to adopt an early learning programme developed in Northern Ireland. Early Years, an organisation that works with young children, will train staff in thousands …

New Food Labelling Legislation – Ireland

Dec 20, 2014

Source: http://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/ New legislation applies from December On the 13th December all food businesses will need to comply with new food labelling legislation which was introduced by EU law in relation …

Allocation of funding for 0-5 public health services

Dec 11, 2014

From: Department of Health First published: 11 December 2014Part of: Giving all children a healthy start in life Proposed allocated money to local authorities for the commissioning of children’s 0 to 5 …

Ofsted - raising standards, improving lives

Ofsted to run consultation on paid-for inspection details

Nov 6, 2014

Ofsted is to consult in the next few months on the procedures and cost for paid-for Early Years inspections. The right for nurseries and childminders to request an inspection visit …

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted consults on radical changes

Oct 9, 2014

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector set out proposals for some of the most far-reaching reforms to education inspection in the last quarter of a century. Launching an eight-week consultation, Sir Michael Wilshaw said …

Early years guidance updated

Aug 22, 2014

Guide to registration on the Early Years Register 16 Oct 2014 – Ref: 140063 This guidance includes information for all applicants who wish to register as a childminder or a …

Good Care Guide website

Ofsted complaints and prevention

Aug 19, 2014

The Good Care Guide [www.goodcareguide.co.uk] is a new website and is a joint venture with ‘My Family Care’ and ‘United For all Ages’. The guide will give parents the opportunity …

#OfstedBigConversation

Jan 11, 2014

#OfstedBigConversation  June O’Sullivan MBE started the conversation on Nursery World Linkedin forum in May 2013, due to her concerns about the new Ofsted approach to regulation and their aggressive tone. …

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