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Thousands of under-fives not ‘school ready’, study claims

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Nearly a third of children are not ‘school ready’ when they start reception, with many not toilet-trained, a national survey has claimed.
 
The State of Education survey – carried out by schools support service The...Read more

Consultation on childcarer disqualification rules excludes childminders

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A new government consultation on the changes to disqualification arrangements for childcare workers will apply only to schools and non-domestic registered settings.
 
The government plans to revise arrangements for...Read more

30 providers withdraw from 30-hours pilot in York

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More than 30 early years providers in York have pulled out of the 30-hours free entitlement ‘early implementation’ scheme due to insufficient funding.
 

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

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