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DfE confirms new early years minister

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The DfE has confirmed Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, as early years minister.
 
The news follows public concerns made by the Alliance both last week and earlier today and comes more than three weeks after...Read more

Alliance writes to DfE over lack of childcare minister

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The Pre-school Learning Alliance has written an open letter to the Department of Education (DfE), expressing concerns over the continued lack of early years minister.
 
It has been nearly a month since Theresa May...Read more

Under-fives should be active for three hours a day

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The Department of Health has launched a campaign designed to increase the amount of physical activity undertaken by toddlers and young children to at least three hours a day.
 
As part of the campaign, an expert group...Read more

Alliance voices disappointment over lack of childcare minister

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Neil Leitch, chief executive at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has voiced his disappointment that the government has still not appointed a minister to the early years portfolio.
 
“With news that the...Read more

NAHT forms early years council

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The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has launched an Early Years Council, Nursery World reports.
 
The sector council is expected to lobby on key issues in the early years sector in order to raise...Read more

Practitioners could be prosecuted for failing to report child abuse concerns

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The Department for Education and the Home Office are holding a joint consultation to consider prosecuting those that fail to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect to local authorities.
 
The consultation is...Read more

Alliance raises concerns over 30-hours capital funding process

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The Pre-school Learning Alliance has raised concerns over the 30-hours capital funding process, following the results of its latest Twitter poll which revealed that 39% of respondents were unaware of the bidding process.

New schools funding formula to be delayed until 2018/19

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Newly appointed education secretary Justine Greening has today revealed that the schools funding formula, originally set for implementation in England from 2017/18, has been delayed until 2018/19.
 
In a statement...Read more

Childcare costs mean working parents struggle to make ends meet, study claims

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The high cost of childcare is leaving working parents £2,600 short of a decent standard of living every year, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has claimed.
 
Following its Minimum Income Standard (MIS)...Read more

Amanda Spielman confirmed as next Ofsted chief inspector

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Education secretary Justine Greening has confirmed that Amanda Spielman is to become the next chief inspector of Ofsted.
 
Despite initially being blocked by the education committee, Spielman’s appointment has now...Read more

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