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All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Centres – Call for Evidence

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Centres is currently running an inquiry examining the future of Children’s Centres. Entitled “Children’s Centres: Fit for Families of the Future”, the Group is looking in particular at Centres’ potential role as hubs for local services and family support.

As part of its inquiry, the Group is currently running a call for evidence, and would welcome submissions from all those with an interest in Children’s Centres’ future. Further information about the call for evidence, including the questions that the Group would like your views on and guidance on composing submissions, is available on the Group’s webpage and can be accessed here.

The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 11th January. If you have any questions, please contact John Davies at [email protected] or by phone on 020 7522 6965.


Early Education

Learning Together About Learning EYPP project

Booking is open for our dissemination events in the spring.  Practitioners involved in the project will share their experiences, and each event will also have a well-known speaker on key topics relating to closing the gap. Events will take place during February and March.

For full details of events and speakers, and more about the project, go to here

Publications and Resources

Browse our publications and resources here


Family Action

‘Developing inclusive childcare practices for 0–5s with SEND’

Family Action has been funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support school-based early years childcare settings to develop their inclusive practices for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Read about our Childcare in Schools project.
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Visit our Facebook page to view a wide range of childcare-related posts.


National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

It’s the most important piece of research NDNA does each year – so please take some time to share your facts, figures and points of view. As a thank you, all entrants will be entered into a draw to win £100 in supermarket vouchers! The results will be analysed in three reports for release during February.

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 17 January 2016


National Portage Association (NPA)

Do you want to increase your confidence and skills in working with children with SEND?

Portage Workshop training can help early years practitioners meet the needs of families and children with SEND using the Portage model and Portage principles. Portage Workshop training can also improve your everyday practice to support ALL children, not just those with additional needs.

Building on a successful 2 year contract, the NPA continue to work on a project supported and funded by the DfE ‘to sustain and develop the Portage workforce’.

Portage is traditionally a home visiting educational service for children under 5 with SEND, working in close partnership with parents. The National Portage Association is the umbrella organisation supporting Portage services, Portage workers and parents.

Portage Workshops delivered by NPA Accredited Trainers offer training and support to the early years workforce to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to support children with SEND & their families.

In areas with little or no access to Portage the NPA may be able to offer FREE training including a Portage Awareness Workshop and a Portage Workshop. For more information about Portage visit the Portage Support Hub.

If you are interested in accessing the training or developing Portage in your area please contact:

[email protected] (North & Midlands)           [email protected] (South)



Achieving Two Year Olds (A2YO) launch a new film: Learning from what works

Achieving Two Year Olds (A2YO) would like to congratulate and thank the local authorities, providers, childminders, children’s centres and schools who have already embraced the two-year-old entitlement. The A2YO team has been working with each local authority and thousands of providers and partners to provide information sharing, and the support and challenge to make it happen since 2012.  To celebrate this success a film has been launched showcasing the particular achievements of everyone involved, and the factors contributing to such success.

Watch it here, live streamed for FREE:


Working Families

Tax-free childcare and free childcare in England

You may have heard announcements from the government about tax-free childcare, which will help parents to pay for the cost of childcare via government top-ups. Unfortunately the scheme has been delayed, and now won’t start until early 2017. In the meantime, all the existing schemes continue, including the childcare element of working tax credit (WTC) and the salary sacrifice schemes which allow some employees to use childcare vouchers. Read more about tax free childcare here.

Preparing for Tax Credit Cuts in April 2017

We now know that the main tax credits cuts are for people starting their families, or having a third child, from April 2017. Tax credits will be frozen in April 2016, but be careful if your income is going to go up by more than £2,500 compared to 2015-16, as this could cause an overpayment. Read more about tax credit cuts here.

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