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More affordable childcare published

The Government published ‘More affordable childcare’, on July 16, setting out its plans to help working parents access the childcare they need when they need it, in particular by:

  • helping schools to offer affordable after school and holiday care, either alone or working with private and voluntary providers;
  • enabling nurseries to expand by reducing red tape and removing planning restrictions;
  • ensuring that childminders and nurseries that are good or outstanding can automatically receive Government funding for two, three and four year olds; and
  • supporting parents to access more informal childcare.

You can read a summary of the proposals set out by the government on the foundations website


Letter from Elizabeth Truss to local authorities about early learning for two-year-olds

On 8 July 2013 Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss wrote to local authority leaders, lead members for children’s services, and directors of children’s services about the implementation of early learning for two-year-olds.  The letter outlines the key role of local authorities in delivering the offer and communicating it to parents and sets out the support available from the Department.  From September around 130,000 two-year-olds across England will be able to access a funded early learning place and this is due to increase in 2014 to 260,000.

You can view the letter in full here


‘Provision for Children Under Five Years of Age in England: January 2013’

Recently released data from the DfE show 124,740 more 3 and 4 year olds are benefitting from funded early education since 2009.

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The DfE have launched two consultations, one on childcare regulation (ends 30 September) and one on primary assessment (ends 11 October) that is asking whether there should be an earlier assessment in key stage 1 or in reception.

You can take part in these here and here

News from Ofsted

‘Getting it right first time: achieving and maintaining high-quality early years provision’

The Ofsted report – ‘Getting it right first time: achieving and maintaining high-quality early years provision’ – describes features of strong leadership and ways in which leaders, determined to ‘get it right first time’ for children, have developed and sustained high-quality provision. It provides examples of good practice for settings that are not improving quickly enough and for those that want to build on their current strengths.

Read the report

‘Unseen Children: access and achievement 20 years on’

Twenty years ago, Ofsted published Access and achievement in urban education, a report looking at seven urban areas with high levels of deprivation, with an update published 10 years later in 2003.  Over the past year Ofsted has undertaken a review in order to understand the current pattern of disadvantage and educational success across England, to learn the lessons of recent policy initiatives, and to come forward with proposals that would really make a difference.

Read the report

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