Integrated Review Study Report
The Department for Education and Department of Health have published the findings of a study led by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) into the pilot phase of the integrated review which can be accessed here. The findings, welcomed by both departments, encourage the roll-out of integrated health and early years reviews for children aged 2 bringing together the Early Years Progress Check and the Healthy Child Programme review at age 2-2½. In addition, NCB have two documents with support for practitioners on how to implement the integrated review. These are also available on the Foundation Years website.
Potential new DfE project in disadvantaged areas
The DfE has been exploring interest in a potential new project which will test innovative approaches to improving outcomes for young children in disadvantaged areas. The project aims to encourage more outstanding provisions into deprived areas and has generated considerable interest from early years providers. We will keep you updated with any new developments. In the meantime you can read more about the project here.
Early years funding benchmarking tool
The updated early years funding benchmarking tool and early years proforma for 2014-15 have been published by the Department for Education.
The funding benchmarking tool includes information on LA funding to early years providers to deliver early learning places for 2 and 3/4 year olds, including rates for private, voluntary and independent providers, schools and maintained nursery schools and retained funding for central support. The tool also allows comparison across other LAs.
The early years proforma contains details of the early years single funding formula for 2 and 3/4 year olds.
The tools can be found here.
Extension to Childcare Business Grant scheme
The Government has announced that the Childcare Business Grant scheme has been extended for another year. The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement further funding of £2 million for the scheme to cover 2015/16. The scheme will, therefore, continue to accept applications after 31st December, 2014.
The scheme provides financial support for childcare providers and new childminders who register either with childminder agencies or Ofsted. Further information on the scheme can be found at: http://www.childcarebusinessgrants.dcms.gov.uk/.
EYFSP attainment by pupil characteristics
The Department for Education has released information on attainment for the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) by pupil characteristics, specifically:
- eligibility for free school meals
- special educational needs
- English as a first language
- month of birth
at national and local authority level. You can access the report here.
Ofsted’s Early Years and Childcare Guidance Webinar
Join Ofsted for a webinar on Dec 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM GMT.
Ofsted are setting up a webinar to seek views on their guidance for early years and childcare providers.
In 2013 the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) carried out a review of childcare enforcement. The review identified a number of areas of concern expressed by those who responded. They included:
- Ofsted guidance is too long and hard to understand,
- providers find it difficult to distinguish between information they must read and that which is for inspectors but published in the interests of transparency
- the voice of small & medium enterprises is not always heard
- it is hard to find generic advice for providers on how they can comply with the legal requirements of different regulatory regimes.
As a result Ofsted have made several changes including reducing the amount of guidance, engaging with providers more closely in their regions, and updating how information is presented on their website. They are now holding a webinar session to see what impact the changes have made and are very keen to hear the views of providers, particularly small and medium-sized providers, such as self-employed childminders, independent nurseries and pre-schools.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.