Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. In October…

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Resources for Parents

Childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds Encouraging your toddler’s independence Family Information Services Family relationships Preparing to be a parent School reception class…

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Workforce

Leadership and management As the early years sector matures it will take on its own responsibility to evolve, improve and innovate. Strong, child centred and…

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Reception Baseline Assessment

The reception baseline assessment is a new national assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to children in…

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Childcare entitlements (Practice)

30 hours childcare In June 2019, the Department for Education launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of 30 hours childcare, with a…

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Business planning

Business Sustainability Managing monthly finances Marketing Developing a Business Plan Sustaining Success Introduction to the Sustaining Success programme led by the Primary National Strategy and…

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Childminders

Case Studies Childminder Taking Funded Twos – Rachel Rachel decided that she would like to take funded twos because she felt that some children have…

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Early Years Foundation Stage (Practice)

EYFS for parents What to expect, when? What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band…

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Child development and early learning

We all know that findings from early childhood studies and neuroscience have shown that children’s early experiences are important in affecting health, behaviour and developmental…

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SEED research

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major longitudinal study of early years education following almost 6,000 children in England from age…

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Partnership working

School-childminder partnerships case studies As part of the Department for Education’s Voluntary and Community Sector grant programme, Action for Children developed sustainable cross-sector partnerships and…

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Ofsted Education Inspection Framework

The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make. Ofsted consulted on a draft education inspection framework and proposed handbooks between…

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Health and integration in practice

As professionals working in the foundation years, we all do our bit by taking on the responsibility of partnership working with our colleagues in health,…

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Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres are pivotal in cementing the early years and for providing families with services. As a professional working in the foundation years you will…

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Childcare entitlements (Policy)

Free Early Years Provision: Model Agreement The DfE has published a model agreement outlining the information local authorities should include in their agreements with early…

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Childminder agencies

Introduced by the Department for Education in 2013, childminder agencies are ‘one-stop shop’ organisations that register childminders and provide them with training, advice, administrative support and marketing…

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Early Years Foundation Stage – Key documents

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early…

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Healthy development

Eat better, start better Getting children eating well for life means starting early. The Eat Better, Start Better guidance and supporting material was developed to help early…

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Early years pupil premium

Case studies Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in the Early Years Friars Primary School and Nursery is a two form entry school based in Shoeburyness, near…

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Quality

As a professional, you know that evidence shows high quality provision during the foundation years has a lasting impact on children’s outcomes, future learning and…

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Home Learning Environment

In 2019, the Department for Education launched Hungry Little Minds – a three-year campaign to encourage parents to engage in activities that support their child’s early…

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations The Government has published guidance to help those who work in early years…

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Language development

Gateway to Writing The Gateway to Writing resources highlight the importance of the four interdependent strands of language development, and the crucial role of practitioners…

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SEND (Practice)

SEN and Disability in the Early Years Toolkit 4Children and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) produced a toolkit for SEN and disability in the early…

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SEND (Policy)

Government review into SEND launched In September 2019, the Government announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational…

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Maths

Exploring Mathematics in the Early Years should be fun for both children and practitioners. But sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin…

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Working with health services

Good health is one of the most important determinants of a child’s life chances. All professionals working in the foundation years need to be involved…

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Reception class is the first year at primary school, but unlike every other school year, it is not compulsory for your child to attend, but…

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Working with fathers

Working with fathers is a central, if often neglected, part of the process of giving families the support they need to build healthy, long lasting…

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Working with parents

Mums and dads are the first and most important influence on their child’s development and future outcomes. What interactions take place in the home environment…

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Maths Resources

MATHEMATICS IN THE EARLY YEARS TOP TEN LISTS Exploring Mathematics in the Early Years should be fun for both children and practitioners. But sometimes it…

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Early Years Qualifications and Apprenticeships Webinar

We were delighted to have Ian Ward, Team Leader Early Years Workforce at the Department for Education (DfE) join us live to answer your questions…

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New Hungry Little Minds toolkit

The Department for Education would like to thank you for your ongoing support for the Hungry Little Minds campaign. All of your support has been…

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New Government review into SEND launched

The Government has announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The review is…

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Ministerial portfolios confirmed at Department for Education

The government has confirmed Michelle Donelan as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. Minister Donelan began the role on Tuesday 10 September,…

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