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Ofsted report shows increase in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ providers

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The latest early years dataset from Ofsted has shown an increase in the proportion of providers achieving ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ ratings from 86% to 91%, as at 31 August this year.
 
Neil Leitch, chief executive at...Read more

Alliance slams ‘Are nurseries safe?’ report from Good Morning Britain

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Neil Leitch, chief executive at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has criticised today’s Good Morning Britain report titled, ‘Are nurseries safe?’
 
The report investigated the overall safety of early years settings...Read more

DfE must publish childcare delivery costs research following ICO ruling, Alliance says

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The Alliance has called on the Department for Education to publish externally-commissioned research from Deloitte – used in the ‘Review of childcare costs: the analytical report’ in November 2015 – following a ruling from the Information...Read more

DfE yet to publish report on cost of delivering early education

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‘The cost and funding of early education’ report – part of the DfE’s Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) project – is still awaiting publication.
 
The report was commissioned to economic consultancy...Read more

Government to extend availability of free entitlement following consultation

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The government has concluded its consultation into the 30-hours scheme and, having considered the responses, has said it will extend the hours over which the funded hours can be delivered, to between 6am and 8pm (increased from between 7am and...Read more

DfE launches consultation on early years qualifications

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Caroline Dinenage, early years minister, has today announced that the DfE has launched a consultation on the literacy and numeracy skills needed by early years staff.
 
The consultation is design to support the...Read more

DfE to publish 30-hours pilot results in July 2017

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Early years minister Caroline Dinenage has revealed that the DfE will publish an evaluation of the 30-hours pilot scheme next summer.
 
In a response to a parliamentary question on 2nd November, Caroline confirmed...Read more

STC report suggests need for more early years teachers

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Save the Children has today released a report which found that children attending a high quality nursery with an early years teacher are almost 10% more likely to reach the expected level of development at age five.

Setting wins court ruling against Ofsted

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Old Co-operative Day Nursery in Gotham, Nottinghamshire, has won a court case against governing body Ofsted for the downgrading of its setting from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’.
 
In what is thought to be the first...Read more

Lucy Powell appointed chair of parliamentary group for nursery schools

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Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has taken on the role of chair at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)...Read more

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