As the Department for Education (DfE) announces national average hourly funding rates, the sector warns the increase is insufficient, and adds up to more early years settings closures .
This year’s Annual Report from Ofsted has highlighted the recruitment and retention challenges in the early years sector.
Early years organisations warn that the National Living Wage increase will have a ‘huge impact’ on settings budgets, and ‘is not going to be painless for employers to implement’.
As the latest Ofsted statistics reveal the number of childcare and early years places have fallen by several thousand, early years organisations warn that the Government is piling more pressure on providers with its expansion plans.
Government claims of ‘substantially’ uplifted rates amount to just a few extra pence in hourly funding for providers, analysis finds
Analysis by NDNA of the base rates that nurseries and other providers are receiving from their local authority reveals that in many areas, ‘providers are not receiving the money they are entitled to’.
One in five families with children needing SEND in early years face being turned away from a provision setting, according to new research by the charity Dingley’s Promise.
Analysis by the Guardian has found that almost a third of not-for-profit nurseries in England have closed or been taken over by private companies.
The early years workforce crisis could hinder government plans to expand “free childcare”, as 57 per cent of nursery staff are considering quitting the sector, and just 17 per cent of nursery managers said they would increase the number of places they offered, a new report has found.
Millie’s Mark, an awards accreditation scheme to support early childhood play learning and care staff to keep children as safe as possible, is available to all early years settings across Wales.
The Department for Education has announced £100m in capital funding is being made available to support childcare settings to expand their provision, along with regulatory changes to the EYFS.