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EYFS Profile Data

The Department for Education has published the Early Years Foundation Stage profile results for the 2012-13 academic year. The results show just 52% of five-year-olds achieved a good level of development.  Girls outperformed boys, with 60% achieving a good level of development compared with 44% of boys.

The figures are based on a new, simplified EYFS profile, introduced last year following an independent review by Dame Clare Tickell. It assesses children as either emerging, expected or exceeding across 17 learning goals, which include reading, numbers, forming relationships and being imaginative.

Get the full results here


Childminder Agencies

Education and Childcare Minister, Elizabeth Truss MP, recently conducted an interview with nursery world, where she answered questions submitted by readers.  Ms Truss covered a range of topics of concern to childminders and the early years sector, including a number of questions on childminder agencies.

You can view the full article on Nursery World


The CANparent Trial is well into its second year and has seen over 1,400 parents attending classes. Satisfaction levels are high with 82 per cent of parents saying they would recommend a CANparent class to others, and 82 per cent of parents satisfied with CANparent classes.

Parenting UK, now part of Family Lives, and supported by Ecorys, Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, and the Family and Childcare Trust have secured a contract to support the development of a universal parenting classes market.

The consortium has been busy hosting a number of training events for providers covering topics such as marketing and communications, social media, measuring effectiveness and impact, and behavioural insight. A quality mark is under development and there will also be a parent facing strand to this work including an updated CANparent website and telephone helpline. For more information visit the CANparent website or the ParentingUK website.

Finally, CEDAR who are leading the evaluation of the Trial have been finalising the second interim evaluation report which will be available to download from the GOV.UK website this autumn.


Grants for childcare businesses

The Grant scheme, launched by Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller in April, is still open to new applications.  Grants will be either £250 or £500, and will support up to 6,000 new childcare businesses, based on £250 for individual childminders and £500 for larger childcare businesses. To find out how to apply for a grant visit:  This scheme is only open to new childcare businesses, so if you are aware of anyone who may qualify encourage them to apply at an early stage to avoid them missing out.




Consultation on the draft SEN Code of Practice, draft Regulations and Transitional Arrangements

The Government has published a consultation giving more details of plans to overhaul the special educational needs (SEN) system to ensure that all children and young people with SEN receive the extra assistance they need.

This is the biggest transformation of SEN support for 30 years and it will give new rights and protections to 16-25 year olds in further education and training; offer families personal budgets to give them more control over their support; and require councils to publish clear and transparent ‘local offers’ of support across education, health and social care.

The consultation consists of the following documents:

  • the draft 0-25 SEN Code of Practice
  • draft Regulations, and
  • proposals for transition from statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, and introduction of the local offer.

The documents are available on the DfE Website. The consultation will run until Monday 9 December.

Spot the Difference

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New research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reveals that businesses who pay less than the National Minimum Wage risk huge damage to their business through loss of reputation, low staff productivity and high employee turnover. The survey findings come as the government begins to ramp up its scheme to ‘name and shame’ employers who don’t comply with the law and pay their workers at least the National Minimum wage.

Findings from the research show:

  • Eight out of ten people “would not use the services of a business if they found it paid less than National Minimum Wage”
  • Almost the same amount (79%) would encourage family and friends to do the same, while nine out of ten people called employers who pay less a “disgrace”
  • Underpaying staff was also found to breed resentment, low productivity and high employee turnover. Eight out of ten workers would “not work as hard” if they knew they were underpaid, not surprising when 90% said they would actively resent their employer. The vast majority (85%) would seek other work.

Employers who fail to pay their workers what they are legally entitled to face a financial penalty, being publically named and even prosecution. Employers are encouraged to notice the details; age, accommodation, travel time and uniform hire can all affect how much workers must legally be paid.

You can protect your business by checking the details: call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368 or visit for more information.

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