30 hours Early Implementation areas announced
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced £13 million, which will allow 8 councils across the country to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds – a year ahead of schedule.
Working parents in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire will now benefit from the early offer from this September.
Right to Request childcare consultation
The government is consulting on the right for families to request wraparound and holiday childcare, for children from Reception up to the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9), at the school they attend. 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 consultation 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 consultation closes on the 29 February 2016. 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]
£80 million to boost support for special educational needs
A multi-million pound package ensuring thousands of children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) have the same opportunities as any other child has been announced.
This will increase funding for councils and support charities who work with some of the most vulnerable young people in the country. Alongside this, the government is continuing transition funding in 2017 to 2018 to help implement the reforms introduced in 2014, building on the progress so far.
Early Years census 2016: technical specification
The DfE has published a document with the technical specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the early years census 2016. It explains:
- changes to the previous year’s census collection
- what data local authorities should supply at establishment level and child level
- how to structure the data in XML or CSV format
- how to check the data against the validation rules
Ofsted guidance for providers
Ofsted has issued guidance for childcare providers on appealing a decision that may affect their registration, objecting to a decision that may affect their registration, and guidance for schools when they must register their early years or childcare provision with Ofsted.