A new report from special needs charity nasen aims to address the growing challenges that early years SENCOs are likely to face as children return to school and nursery.
Summer statement: Job creation scheme is undermined by Government’s failure to commit additional funding for childcare
The Chancellor’s boost for youth employment is a non-starter for an early years sector which faces mass closures.
While the Chancellor has announced a Job Retention Bonus of £1,000 to UK employers for every eligible furloughed employee they bring back to work, this will give small comfort to childcare providers who are uncertain they will survive until Christmas.
Government must provide emergency funding for childcare in order to support new parents, says inquiry
Uncertainty about access to childcare is one of the central challenges facing new parents according to the latest findings of the House of Commons Petitions Committee.
Children in pre-schools, nurseries, Reception and Year 1 classes will benefit from remaining in their previous setting or class until January 2021, according to recommendations from Early Education and TACTYC.
While Ofsted will not be carrying out routine inspections in early years settings, schools and colleges until January 2021, it will be paying visits from the end of September to monitor how children are being brought back into formal education.
From 20 July the Government is removing the requirement for settings to keep children in small, consistent groups and has issued a ‘system of controls’ to support safety.
As the Government records an increase in the number of children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, there are growing concerns about the lack of SEND provision resulting from coronavirus.
Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 the Government is pressing ahead with its plans for early adopter schools to introduce a reformed Early Years Foundation Stage before its mandatory introduction in September 2021.
Childcare settings in deprived areas are the most vulnerable to closure next year while the majority of all providers expect to be operating at a loss, says The Sutton Trust.
More than 150 charities and organisations representing children, young people and families are calling on the Government to prioritise children, along with health and the economy, as part of its coronavirus response.
The early years sector is ignored once again as Government sets out its new, ten-year investment programme to repair and re-build England’s schools.
A survey of 1,500 parents carried out by Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions highlights that while many would like to continue working from home, this will only be possible with a return to formal childcare.
Pre-Covid Government statistics highlight the vital role of the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare sector in delivering the free entitlement.
Following the Government’s commitment to a financial package to support schools and provide tutoring for disadvantaged pupils, questions remain on how the money will be used effectively.
The Government now says it will delay introducing its controversial Reception Baseline assessment for four-and five-year-olds but is encouraging schools to be early adopters in 2021.
As community outdoor playgrounds get ready to reopen, the Association of Play Industries (API) is calling for outdoor play spaces to receive more local authority funding.
New research from independent analyst Ceeda reveals that as of 8 June, early years providers in England were operating at average occupancy levels of just 37 per cent, compared to 77 per cent in spring 2019.
A website providing free daily activities linked to the EYFS has now been given a three month grant by the Government’s Innovate UK scheme.
Early years settings and working parents have been thrown a lifeline as the Prime Minister confirms that wraparound and holiday childcare provision can go ahead from 4 July.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirms that all pupils in all year groups in England will be expected to return to school full-time in September.
The Bristol Early Years Teaching School and Bristol LA Early Years and Primary teams have collaborated to write a transitions guide for early years settings, Receptions classes and year 1 teachers in school.
Advice for schools and parents on how to respond to an anaphylaxis emergency under the new restrictions
New guidance has been provided on the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis, taking into account the current social distancing rules in schools and early years settings.