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Confusion continues over children’s centre consultation

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DfE policy still unclear after life chances strategy dropped last year
 
The Department for Education (DfE) has refused to confirm whether a planned consultation on the future of children’s centres will go...Read more

Government announces beneficiaries of £50m childcare scheme

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Education Secretary announces grant scheme to fund childcare places
 
The Government has revealed details of the winning bids for its £50 million capital funding scheme, designed to support the 30-hour...Read more

Focus on ethnic groups to boost mobility, early years told

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The Social Mobility Commission highlights inequality in new report
 
Early years practitioners have been encouraged to focus on the needs of ethnic minority groups in a bid to fight social inequality....Read more

Paid-for re-inspection discussions to be revisited, government confirms

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The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted will revisit joint discussions on the issue of paid-for re-inspections next year, the government has confirmed in its response to the Cutting red tape review.
 
early years funding and delivery guide - updated

Free guide to early years changes published

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The Pre-school Learning Alliance has published a free guide to early years funding and delivery changes.
 
The guide,which is available to download at www.pre-...Read more

Children’s centre closures on the rise, government figures reveal

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The number of children’s centres almost doubled between 2014 and 2015, new government figures have revealed.
 
Responding to a parliamentary question submitted by Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central, early...Read more

Government confirms no plans for annual review of early years funding

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There are no plans to review early years funding annually, the government has confirmed.
 
During a House of Lords debate on Monday, the Earl of Listowel, a crossbench peer, asked if the government is "planning to...Read more

Government announces minimum early years funding rate for councils

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The government has announced a minimum hourly funding rate of £4.30 for all local authorities in its response to the consultation on early years funding changes.
 
The move, which cost the Department for Education (...Read more

Ofsted annual report issues early years capacity warning

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The number of early years places is not increasing in line with the growth in the child population, Ofsted has warned in this year's annual report.
 
The report highlights that while there are now more than 240,000...Read more

Ofsted clarifies ‘nominated individual’ requirements

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Early years providers can appoint someone who is not a member of their governing body to act as their nominated individual under certain circumstances, Ofsted has confirmed.
 
Nominated individuals, who act as primary...Read more

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