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Education Select Committee raises concerns about baseline testing

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Committee advises “caution” regarding the introduction of reception year testing
 
The House of Commons Education Committee has warned the government about the potentially negative impact of testing and...Read more

Alliance creates ‘need to know’ 30-hours document for parents

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Document can be shared with parents to help explain funding concerns
 
The Alliance has created a downloadable document to help providers explain concerns around early years funding ahead of the roll-out of...Read more

Government publishes 30-hours operational guidance

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Guidance for providers and local authorities is made available ahead of the pre-election period
 
The government has published operational guidance on the 30-hours offer for providers and local authorities...Read more

New EduCare programme now available for Alliance members

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Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning is now available free for Alliance members
 
The Alliance has launched a new online training programme on the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and...Read more

Tax-free childcare scheme and 30-hours offer launch online

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Parents of three- and four-year-olds can now sign up for the 30-hour offer online
 
Working parents can now apply for the government’s 30-hours offer and tax-free childcare scheme using a new digital service...Read more

Prime Minister calls for snap general election

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Theresa May announces plans for election to be held on 8 June
 
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to hold a general election on 8 June, after “reluctantly” realising that it was...Read more

Study links touchscreen use to missed sleep in toddlers

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Each hour spent using a tablet leads to 16 minutes less sleep

 
Toddlers who use a touchscreen spend less time sleeping at night, according to a new study conducted at Birkbeck University and King’s College,...Read more

Government invests additional £50m in capital grants for providers

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Additional investment said to create 9,000 new places ahead of the 30-hours roll out
 
The government has announced that it is investing a further £50 million in capital grants for childcare providers....Read more

Ofsted launches new ‘good’ logo for providers

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Early years providers can now use a ‘good provider’ or ‘outstanding provider’ logo
 
Ofsted has launched a new logo for early years, education and children’s social care providers that have been rated ‘good...Read more

Less than half of providers plan to offer 30-hours, survey suggests

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Alliance survey finds that government is at risk of failing to deliver on 30-hours offer
 
Fewer than half of the country’s childcare providers are currently planning to sign up to the government’s 30-hour...Read more

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