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Early Learning for two year olds

This week around 130,000 two year olds became entitled to a funded early learning place.  The Deputy Prime Minister also announced which children would become eligible when the programme is extended to reach around 260,000 two-year-olds in September 2014.

You can access a factsheet explaining the offer here and view a letter from the Department for Education with the latest information here



The DfE is running two consultations on early years: consulting on regulation for childcare providers and primary assessment and accountability.  The first consultation seeks views on reforming the regulatory system for childcare providers.  It seeks to remove burdens, simplify processes and proposes replacing the General Childcare Register with a Child Safety Register.  You can view this consultation here

The second consultation is on Primary Assessment and on whether we should retain a baseline at the end of Key Stage 1 or introduce a simple check at the start of reception as a baseline to measure progress.   This consultation is available here

You may also want to share your views on other related consultations, on tax-free childcare (ends 14 October) and on extending planning relaxations to nurseries (ends 15 October) which would speed up and simplify the process for opening new nurseries.
You can take part in these here and here

Tax-Free Childcare
This consultation invites interested parties to comment on the detailed design and operation of Tax-Free Childcare.  It sets out the eligibility criteria, the approach to managing voucher accounts for each child, the role of the market, and the key information and validation processes.  It discusses the design of different aspects of these policies, and poses questions in those areas where stakeholders are likely to have knowledge or insight.  The answers that the government receives to these questions will feed into the final design of Tax-Free Childcare.

New Flexibilities for Opening Nurseries
Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting until 15 October on proposals that will extend the planning relaxations recently agreed for schools to nurseries.  If agreed this will allow the conversion of premises currently used as offices, hotels, residential institutions, non-residential institutions, certain agricultural buildings, leisure and assembly buildings to nurseries without the need for a full planning application.


News from Ofsted

Recruitment of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI), Education

Ofsted is looking for exceptional qualified professionals from across the early childhood, primary and secondary phases to join the organisation as HMI, Education; to challenge and support education and early years providers to improve through inspection.  To find out more about this vital and rewarding role please visit or call Ofsted’s HR team on 0300 013 1267.  The closing date for submission of applications will be 12 noon on Monday 30 September.

Please note the advert does not go live until the 9th Sept.

DBS checks for pre-school trustees and committee members who are volunteers

As stated on the DBS website, eligible volunteers are not required to pay the full cost of a DBS check, nor a registration fee for joining the DBS Update Service. However, a small administration fee for processing the check may apply.

In order to qualify, pre-school trustees would need to demonstrate that they meet the DBS eligibility criteria for volunteers.  The DBS definition of an eligible volunteer includes anyone who spends time helping people and:

·         isn’t being paid (apart from travel and other approved out of pocket expenses)

·         isn’t only looking after a close relative.

In order to join the DBS Update Service, volunteers would need to undertake a new DBS check when they register for the service.  You can find more information about the DBS and their Update Service here:

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