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Minister sets out his vision for the workforce strategy

On Friday 1 July, Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, spoke at the National Day Nurseries Association conference, setting out his vision for the workforce strategy and launching Millie’s Mark.

The Minister talked about the concerns he has heard from the sector regarding the impact on recruitment of the GCSE requirement for those taking level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications. The Minister stated that he was revisiting and reviewing the options on how to make sure the sector has the right number of staff and the right quality of staff to deliver the 30 hours. The Department for Education will communicate the next steps on level 3 over the summer. For guidance on the GCSE requirement please visit

The Minister’s full speech is now live on


Paediatric first aid consultation outcome

The DfE has published a summary of responses it received on the consultation, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

The government has decided to proceed to include, from 1 September 2016, a requirement in the EYFS that for newly qualified early years staff (with full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) to also hold a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or emergency PFA certificate in order to be included in the required ratios in an early years setting. Childcare providers will be allowed a three month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer.


DfE guide on setting up a Childminder Agency

The DfE has published guidance for anyone wanting to register and operate as a childminder agency. The document sets out legal requirements and other issues to consider for anyone registering or operating as a childminder agency.


Wraparound and holiday childcare: Parent and childcare provider ‘rights to request’

To help working parents access the childcare they need when they need it, the government wants schools to play a larger role in the childcare market. New guidance has been published to help maintained schools and academies (including free schools) understand how to respond to parents’ requests that the school that their child attends considers establishing wraparound and / or holiday childcare, and childcare providers’ requests to use school facilities for wraparound and / or holiday provision at times when the school is not using them. The ‘rights to request’ will help parents to work, or work for longer, if they choose to do so, by making more quality childcare available during the week and school holidays. The ‘rights to request’ guidance aims to maintain school autonomy and avoid imposing unnecessary administration burdens on schools. It comes into effect in September 2016.


Early Years Capital Fund: Applications open for local authority capital bidding round

The government is making capital grants of £40 million available to early years settings (this may also include schools that currently offer, or plan to offer, provision for 3- and 4-year olds) through a local authority-led bidding process.

This substantial investment will help to create more childcare places in preparation for the government manifesto to double the funded hours of childcare available for working families of 3- and 4- year olds from 15 hours to 30 hours.

Through this funding the government has demonstrated its commitment to support local authorities to deliver their duty to ensure sufficient childcare places for the extended entitlement from September 2017.

If you are a provider who would like to submit a bid for capital funding, please contact your local authority directly in order to register your interest.

Your Local Authority must have submitted an Expression of Interest to the Department for Education in order to access the bid window.

The Department for Education is only accepting bids through local authorities as the priority for this capital bid round is creating 30 hours places where they are most needed.

Applications must be submitted by 31 August 2016.


Become an early years teacher and help children make sense of the world

Watch Roberto talk about his career change from law to early years teaching

Now’s the time to apply for a place so you don’t miss out on the course you want. To apply for a place starting in September 2016 please contact one of our training providers.

Visit to find out more and register your interest today.


Ofsted statistics on childcare providers and inspection outcomes

Ofsted has published the latest statistics on childcare providers and places, inspection outcomes and movement in the childcare sector. The latest stats show:

    • 86% of providers were judged to be good or outstanding
    • The number of childminders has decreased by 1.6%
    • The number of early years places offered by providers registered with Ofsted has remained stable


Employing Staff from Overseas – Checking DBS

It is not the role of Ofsted to issue guidance for providers on how to check the suitability of staff from overseas. Ofsted guidance on how it will check the suitability of applicants states that where an applicant has lived abroad recently then additional checks are usually required, such as a certificate of good conduct, which can be requested from the relevant embassy. As the EYFS does not prescribe this, then it is up to the provider to determine whether or not they do something similar. It is for providers to decide themselves how they determine the suitability of their own staff.

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