Budget extends early education entitlements

In today’s budget the Chancellor has confirmed several new measures on early education and childcare: Our analysis The decision to relax the ratios for 2-year-olds from 1:4 to 1:5 despite overwhelming opposition from the sector and parents is extremely disappointing. While most of the sector are unlikely to implement this, the pressure on settings budgets […]

Call for government to address early years funding shortfall

Today, Early Education, the NAHT, NEU and Unison have jointly written an open letter calling on the government to address the shortfall in early years funding. The letter asks the Secretary of State for Education and the Chancellor to prioritise raising the funding for the early education entitlements: Before any expansion of the number of […]

The early years sector needs a properly funded workforce

Today, teachers from the National Education Union are striking, including many working in nursery and reception classes. In the last week, the Department for Education published a report providing further evidence of the importance and impact of high quality teaching in reception. This adds to existing evidence about the crucial role of high quality teaching […]

Early Education President, Cathy Nutbrown, made a Dame in New Years Honours list

We welcome the news that our President, Professor Cathy Nutbrown, has been made a Dame in the year’s New Years Honours list.  This is much deserved for Cathy’s tireless work advocating for the best interests of young children and championing the vital role of the early years workforce.  Cathy’s landmark report into the early years […]

Government response to funding consultation and announcement of 2023-24 allocations

DfE have today announced the early years funding settlement for 2023-24, which leaves the early years sector struggling on below inflationary increases. While an additional £10m for the least well-funded maintained nursery schools (MNS) is welcome, and an additional £20m for the Early Years National Funding Formula represents a token acknowledgement of the additional wage […]

Ofsted’s Annual Review highlights importance of early years workforce

Ofsted’s latest annual review highlights the impact of recruitment and retention challenges and finds a link between inspection outcomes and the proportion of graduates in a setting. It recognises the work which settings are doing to address the impact of the pandemic on young children. It found that 96% of providers on the early years […]

Strep A and Scarlet Fever: useful links

With heightened concern about the possible spread of Strep A and scarlet fever, here are some useful links to further information: Back to school advice issued amid high levels of flu, COVID-19 and scarlet fever, UKHSA (2 January 2023) Group A Strep – What you need to know – from the UK Health Security Agency […]

What does the EYFS Profile data for 2022 tell us?

mark making in early years

The Department for Education have just published the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) data for 2021/22.  This is the first set of published data since the EYFS reforms of 2021.  No EYFSP data was published in 2019 and 2020 due to the assessments being made non-statutory during the pandemic.  So what does the data […]

Open letter to HMCI Amanda Spielman regarding the Early Years Curriculum Review

The open letter below was sent to Ofsted in November 2023. Download Ofsted’s response We the undersigned are writing to you about the recently published Ofsted document Best start in life part 1: setting the scene. While we welcome Ofsted’s recognition of the vital role of the early years, we are concerned that as a […]