From 26 October 2012, new arrangements will exist for early years providers seeking exemptions from some or all of the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This follows a consultation conducted over the summer 2012. The Government response to the consultation is now available on the Department’s website, together with guidance on the new arrangements and the underpinning regulations.
Two-year-old entitlement: regulations laid
Following consultation, new regulations – cited as the Local Authority (Duty to Secure Early Years Provision Free of Charge) Regulations 2012 – have been laid which set out the eligibility criteria for the first phase of the two-year-old entitlement to free early education from September 2013.
Two-year-olds will be eligible for a free place if:
• They are looked after by the local authority; or
• They meet the same earning and benefits criteria as is used for Free School Meals
The regulations can be found at the following link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2488/contents/made
The Department for Education has produced a question and answer sheet detailing the progress made on the integrated review which will bring together the Healthy Child Programme review at 2 to 2 ½ and the Early Years progress check at age 2. The answer sheet and details are available on the foundation years website.
Following on from the Government reshuffle we now have a one page summary of the Parents’ Guide to the EYFS included in the Red Book. We are really pleased to now see this in and is a positive sign of our successfully working with the Department for Health. We also have the same one page summary available on the foundation years website.