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Headteachers call for more early years funding

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The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) called for better funding and status for the early years sector at its annual conference in Birmingham last weekend.
 
The school leaders’ union said that existing...Read more

Funding revealed for York’s 30-hours pilot

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Early years settings in York will receive an average of £3.66 per hour if they take part in the 30-hours childcare pilot, Nursery World reports.
 
The City of York council has allegedly confirmed that its providers...Read more

Parents back providers for reversal of GCSE requirements

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A new poll has revealed that 70% of parents disagree with the government’s GCSE policy which states that all Level 3 practitioners must have at least a C in English and maths in order to be able to count in the ratios. Alternative...Read more

DfE unable to confirm release date of 30-hours pilot results

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At a Commons public accounts committee hearing earlier this week, DfE officials were unable to confirm when the results of its 30-hours pilot will be available, Children & Young People now reports.
 
The scheme is...Read more

Childcare providers fear closure over 30-hours offer, survey shows

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Half of childcare providers fear that they may be forced to close as a result of the 30-hours free childcare entitlement initiative, a new survey from the Alliance has discovered.
 
Approximately 1500 childcare...Read more

Early years training courses dropped by two UK universities

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Leeds Beckett University and the University of Winchester have dropped their early years teacher status (EYTS) courses five months prior to the start of the next academic year, Schools Week reports.
 
Earlier this...Read more

New study halves recommended dairy intake for older children, no change for under fives

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The Eatwell Guide from Public Health England has nearly halved previous recommendations for the amount of milk and dairy products for children over five years old.
 
Existing recommendations for milk and dairy...Read more

Reception baseline assessments to be abandoned

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The DfE has today revealed that reception baseline assessments will not be used to measure pupils’ progress, after a study found that the three different assessments were not comparable.

DfE proposes to extend daily availability of free entitlement

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In its open consultation on the 30-hours free childcare initiative, the DfE has proposed extending the period that parents can access this free entitlement from 7am – 7pm to 6am – 8pm.
 
The DfE’s draft document –...Read more

New report calls for a qualified early years teacher in every setting

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A new report from Save The Children and University College London has highlighted the importance of stimulating toddlers’ brains, claiming that nearly 130,000 children per year are falling behind before they even reach school.

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