Early Education and Childcare Coalition manifesto calls for “rescue and reform”

Today, Friday 17 May, the Early Education and Childcare Coalition (EECC) has launched its new manifesto, with proposals to rescue and reform England’s early education and childcare sector. Early Education are one of the 30 organisations in the coalition which brings together representatives of parents and children, practitioners, providers, employers and the business sector. To […]

DfE clarification: funded entitlements to remain free to access

In response to recent queries about why the latest DfE guidance on providing the early education and childcare entitlements has removed references to additional charges being voluntary, we have received the following clarification for providers: Clarifying policy on charging The policy has not changed. As set out in A1.36 of the guidance, Local authorities should […]

Government launches new early years recruitment campaign

A new campaign to boost recruitment to the early years sector in England is being launched today by the government. The government press release says: The “Do Something Big” recruitment campaign is to encourage people to start a career working with small children – one part of this government’s ongoing sector support to ensure providers […]

New EYFS Statutory Framework documents published

The Department for Education has today published the two versions of the EYFS Statutory Framework which will apply from 4 January 2024: These incorporate the changes set out in the government’s response to its consultation on the proposed changes.  The main changes for group-based providers include: The new frameworks are accompanied by guidance on Early years […]

Early years funding rates for 2024-25 still fall short for 3- and 4-year-olds

The Department for Education have today announced the funding rates which will apply from April 2024, including for the new entitlements launching from that date.  They have also published the response to the consultation on the new funding rates. National average funding rates from April 2024 will be: DfE have published an “easy explainer” of […]

DfE announces further changes to EYFS requirements

The Department for Education has today published its response to the EYFS consultation conducted in the summer. The changes will be implemented from January 2024 and copies of the revised Statutory Framework documents will be published in the coming weeks. Ministers have listened to feedback on two key proposals and will not go ahead with […]