Early years funding consultation 

The Department for Education (DfE) today published its government responseto the consultation on early years funding reform, including the introduction of an early years national funding formula. DfE would like to thank all those who shared their views via the online survey and attended regional consultation events.

Your local authority will shortly be running a consultation on your local funding formula – please get involved and have your say.

Advice and support for providers

DfE will also be publishing information and advice for providers over the coming weeks via the Foundation Years website to support delivery of 30 hours next year, including a factsheet on the funding consultation and a link to a toolkit developed with the Family and Childcare Trust to help providers work in partnership.

Today, DfE are also launching a package of online support materials on the gov.uk and Foundation Years websites to help providers ensure their businesses remain sustainable, including guidance, case studies and a directory.

Please do take a look at these resources, as well as following the DfE Twitter account and #30hours, to stay in touch with latest news and information in the run up to 30 hours roll out.


Ofsted Annual Report 2015/16

Ofsted has published its Annual Report for 2015/16. The report shows that:

  • Across the country, 91% of early years providers are now good or outstanding: a 22 percentage point increase since 2010.
  • The proportion of good and outstanding nurseries and pre-schools is now almost identical in the least and most deprived areas.
  • This year, in every local authority area in the country, at least eight out of 10 childcare places are in registered providers of early education judged good or outstanding.
  • In 2016, over two thirds of young children reached the government’s ‘good level of development’ compared with just over a half in 2013


Early Years Initial Teacher Training 

National College for Teaching and Leadership (part of the Department for Education) would welcome your feedback on our early years initial teacher training marketing campaign.

If you could please take the time to fill in this short survey, we would be very grateful as your feedback will help to inform our future marketing.

If you are an employer, please complete this survey . Anyone else please complete this survey.