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£300m for 30 hours scheme as plans for ‘national funding formula’ are announced

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The government will invest £300 million to increase the average hourly rate childcare providers receive, chancellor George Osborne has confirmed today (25 November).

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Ofsted figures show falling places, rising outcomes

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A drop in the number of registered childcare providers has caused early years places to decrease by 11,529 between March and August this year, suggest...Read more

Slight rise in children’s centre judgements as inspections are suspended

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The inspection of children’s centres has been put on hold pending the outcome of the government consultation, Ofsted has confirmed.

Along with its latest children’s centre statistics, the inspectorate gave an explanation for the temporary...Read more

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‘Robust’ primary assessment needed, Nicky Morgan claims

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National tests for seven-year-olds should be reintroduced in England, according to Nicky Morgan.

The education secretary has claimed that “robust” assessment is needed to measure progress in schools.

In an announcement today (3...Read more

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New research questions value of free entitlement for children’s development

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Free early education entitlement does not deliver long-term benefits for children’s development, according to new findings.

Research carried out by the University of Surrey, the University of Essex and the Institute of Education suggests...Read more

Inquiry launched into life chances strategy

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The Commons Work and Pensions and Education Select Committees have launched an inquiry into the government’s life chances strategy and the role that early years intervention plays in shaping lives.

The inquiry will examine government...Read more

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Government opens consultation on compulsory first aid training

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The consultation, which closes on 10 December at 5:00pm, invites early years providers, parents, healthcare professionals and local authorities to submit their views on the proposal, which would see all newly qualified Level 2 and 3...Read more

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Ofsted finds link between qualifications and outcomes

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Nurseries and pre-schools with a large proportion of highly qualified staff are more likely to be rated as ‘outstanding’,...Read more

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Peers demand addition of funding review clause to Childcare Bill

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The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment to the Childcare Bill that requires government to carry out a comprehensive funding review before rolling out the 30-hour childcare pledge.

Peers voted 222 - 209 in favour of the...Read more

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Good level of development increasing, say EYFS Profile results

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More five-year-olds than ever are achieving the expected standards in maths and literacy, according to new figures published today (13 October) by the...Read more

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