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30-hours debate to take place at House of Commons

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MPs to debate impact of 30-hours ‘free childcare’ offerRead more

Recruitment concerns

Nearly half of early years settings have unfilled vacancies, new survey finds

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Survey finds that 12,580 vacancies remain unfilled at early years settingsRead more
Ofsted new framework

Ofsted launches new five-year strategy

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Strategy focuses on “intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation”Read more
30 hours could widen gap

30-hours could widen the social mobility gap, says Sutton Trust

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Social mobility foundation says that government should focus on quality over quantity in early yearsRead more
early language development

Report links early language to child wellbeing

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Research from the Early Intervention Foundation suggests early language is as important as obesity as a sign of wellbeingRead more
Childminder ratio rules

Rules on ratios could be relaxed for childminders with 30-hours children

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DfE says that childminders may be able to work outside of current ratios if they provide wraparound careRead more
Baseline assessment to be introduced

Government announces plans to introduce new baseline assessment

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EYFS Profile will remain, but will be more aligned with the KS1 curriculumRead more
Education secretary Justine Greening is set to appear in front of the Education Select Committee

Education secretary to face 30 hours questions from select committee

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Justine Greening will be expected to explain the DfE's work on schools funding, GCSE changes and the implementation of the 30 hours in an upcoming committee hearing.Read more
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UK public spending on early years among lowest in OECD, report reveals

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Less than half of early year spending in the UK comes from public sources, the second lowest of all OECD countriesRead more
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A third of parents yet to secure a 30-hour place, DfE figures show

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29% of parents still hadn't had their 30-hour codes validated by the start of the autumn termRead more

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