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Childcare Bill: Policy Statement

The Department for Education has published an updated policy statement on the extension to free childcare entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.


Consultation on wraparound and holiday childcare – parent and childcare provider ‘rights to request’

Delivering on the government’s commitment to help parents access affordable and flexible childcare, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced new plans to give families the ‘right to request’ wraparound and holiday childcare for children from Reception up to the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9). Childcare providers will also have the ‘right to request’ the use of a school’s facilities when the school is not using them – opening up good quality, affordable childcare when they need it.

The new consultation, on departmental advice on how schools should respond to the ‘rights to request’, was launched on the 7 December 2015 by the Prime Minister. It seeks views from parents and carers on making a request, and from schools, childcare providers and others on how they can work together to deliver this commitment for hard working families.

The departmental advice aims to avoid imposing unnecessary burdens on schools and maintains school autonomy, whilst ensuring schools understand the basis on which they should be responding constructively to requests for wraparound and holiday childcare.

The consultation closes on the 29 February 2016.

We look forward to hearing your views on the proposals in the draft departmental advice document. The consultation can be found here.

If you have any questions about the consultation please contact David Aickin at the Childcare Providers and Regulation Team at [email protected]


Early Years Foundation Stage Profile: 2016 Handbook

The Standards and Testing Agency has published guidance to help practitioners complete and moderate EYFS profile judgments so that outcomes are accurate and consistent across all early years settings.


Early Years Census 2016: Guide

The DfE has published a guide to help local authorities and early years providers, who receive direct government funding, prepare and return the 2016 census.


Funding available to train as an early years teacher

Funding for both early years employers and trainees is available, to find out more please visit

If you want to apply for an early years initial teacher training place starting in September 2016, accredited training providers will be confirmed shortly. Complete the early years registration form and we’ll send you regular updates.


Healthy beginnings: Giving our children the best start in life

Giving children a healthy start in life is one of the most important jobs councils do and we all have a duty to make sure that children, along with their mums and dads, have access to the services they need. That’s why the transfer of public health commissioning responsibilities for under-fives to local government marks such a tremendous opportunity. It brings a new momentum for developing and driving forward a shared vision for local children, young people and families. Read more here.

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