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Early Years Funding Consultation

The DfE is consulting on proposals to change the way it funds free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:

  • introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3- and 4-year-olds
  • changing the way local authorities fund the early years providers in their area
  • making sure that children with special educational needs or disabilities attract the extra funding they need

The consultation will close on Thursday, 22nd September.

Confused about changes to early years funding? PSLA

The Pre-school Learning Alliance have produced a free guide to help you understand how proposed changes to early years funding are likely to affect you next year. You can order a hard copy of the guide, or access a free PDF download, from


Early Years Foundation Stage Profile retained for 2016/17

We would like to draw your attention to an email from the Standards and Testing Agency, which was sent in August to operational leads in schools and local authorities about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile in 2016/17. The email reads as follows:

The early years foundation stage profile will remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

The early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) was due to become non-statutory from September 2016. Having carefully looked at the particular issues regarding the EYFSP and also in the context of the overall changes to primary assessment, the EYFSP will now remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

This is to provide continuity and stability for schools, pupils and parents and avoid unnecessary change whilst we take the time to review options for assessment in the reception year beyond 2016 to 2017.

In the meantime, schools must continue to complete the EYFSP for their reception-year pupils in the summer term, by 30 June 2017 and report the results to local authorities.

We recognise that this clarification comes during the summer break but we wanted to confirm as soon as possible the position for local authorities, schools and others ready for the start of the new term.”


Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years

Ofsted has issued guidance for inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework. The handbook sets out what inspectors must consider when inspecting safeguarding. It outlines the evidence that inspectors will look for during inspections. It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.


Physical Activity in Under 5s Infographic

The Department of Health has published an infographic promoting physical activity in under 5s:

  • Only one in 10 children aged 2-4 are active for 3 hours or more daily.
  • This is a new infographicbased on existing CMO guidelines. It will help early years practitioners, health visitors, and doctors to talk with parents about the importance of young children being active. It can also be used as a training resource.
  • The infographicis designed to explain the UK Chief Medical Officers recommendation that children aged under 5 should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes, spread through the day. Every movement counts and includes crawling, walking, jumping, object and messy play.
  • It highlights the benefits being active and the range of activity to achieve this recommendation. Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight, improve concentration, health and fitness, improves sleep and builds social skills and confidence

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