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Nurseries struggling with lack of outdoor space, new study shows

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A survey of nearly 400 early years providers has shown that many settings are struggling with either inadequate or a total lack of outdoor space.

The Early Childhood Forum and national charity Learning through Landscapes – the...Read more

New national minimum wage rates announced

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The national minimum wage for 21- to 24-year-olds is to increase to £6.95 an hour, the government has announced. 

The increase, which is based on recommendations by the Low Pay Commission and set to come into effect from October, is...Read more

Local areas to get more notice of SEND inspections

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As of May, local areas will have a longer notice period of SEND inspections in a bid to provide parents and others with a greater opportunity to contribute their views and experiences, Ofsted has announced.

The inspections of facilities...Read more

Middle class parents are ‘more informed’ about childcare services

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A report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has revealed that middle class parents are more informed about the early years childcare services available to them than working class parents.

“The experiences of early...Read more

Fairer funding needed for schools, says Nicky Morgan

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Education secretary Nicky Morgan has this week outlined plans for reforms designed to end unfairness in the school funding system.

Morgan claims that the existing system for distributing funding is outdated, inefficient and unfair, and a...Read more

DfE not yet hit full value for money with 15 hours free childcare

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Despite making significant progress with the 15 hours free childcare scheme for parents of three and four year olds, the Department for Education (DfE) has not yet achieved full value for money, the National Audit Office has said.

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More eligible two-year-olds are taking up free entitlement places

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New government figures, published today, have suggested an increase in the number of eligible two-year-olds taking up free entitlement places.

The Department for Education publishes annual estimates of the number of children benefiting...Read more

Ofsted to directly manage early years inspections

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Ofsted will directly manage its early years inspections and regulatory work as of April 2017, the inspectorate has announced today. Two companies, Tribal and Prospects, manage the existing early years inspections on Ofsted’s behalf, with...Read more

NSPCC and government launch child abuse whistleblowing helpline

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The NSPCC has joined forces with the home office to launch a whistleblowing helpline for employees to speak out about child protection failures.

The government has provided £500,000 to set up the service, which will be open Monday to...Read more

Disabled children have notably lower access to play, Sense reports

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Nine out of ten parents of disabled children say that their child does not have the same access to play as non-disabled children, according to national deafblind charity, Sense.

The survey revealed the severe restrictions disabled children...Read more

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