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DfE Consultation – Level 3 early years educator: numeracy and literacy requirements

A consultation on the literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge needed by level 3 staff has been launched by Minister for Early Years, Caroline Dinenage.  This consultation is an opportunity to better understand what knowledge, skills and appropriate qualifications in mathematics and English are required to perform an effective level 3 role.  It also seeks to consider what literacy and numeracy qualification requirements can put level 3 staff in the best position to progress in their careers

The consultation runs until 28th November and can be accessed here:


DfE Consultation Outcome – 30hours free childcare

The DfE has published the consultation outcome to the 30-hour free childcare entitlement. It includes the summary of the responses it received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.


Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results: 2015 to 2016

The DfE has published the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile result: 2015 to 2016. The profile results show that nationally, 69.3 per cent of children achieved a good level of development, an increase of 3 percentage points (ppts) on 2015.

The gap for children achieving at least the expected level in all early learning goals decreased nearly 1 percentage point from 16.6 ppts in 2015 to 15.7 ppts in 2016. Both girls and boys have shown improvement but boys have improved at a faster rate.

The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, has also announced that the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain in place for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.


Wraparound and holiday childcare

New guidance to help schools understand how to respond to requests from parents and childcare providers about wraparound and holiday childcare.


  • Did you know that parents and childcare providers have a right to request wraparound or holiday childcare at your school?
  • We’ve created a guide to help you understand what it means for your school.


  • If you’re looking to expand your childcare business, have you thought about using the facilities at your local school?
  • You now have a right to request to use school facilities for wraparound or holiday childcare at times when the school isn’t using them.


  • Did you know you now have a right to request wraparound or holiday childcare at your child’s school?

For more information please follow this link


Supporting Public Health: children, young people and families

PHE has published a number of documents to support local authorities and providers in commissioning and delivering children’s public health services aged 0 to 19 years. These documents identify 6 areas where health visitors have the highest impact on the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 to 5 years and a further 6 areas for school aged children from 5 to 19 years.

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