What's New

Dramatic rise in children with SEN in early years

21 January 2019

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of children attending private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries with special educational needs (SEN), according to analysis of government figures by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

Consultation on new Ofsted framework published

21 January 2019

Ofsted has launched a consultation on proposals to change the education inspection framework which is due to come into effect from September 2019.

PHE publishes early years and primary resources on reducing sugar

14 January 2019

Public Health England (PHE) has published new resources to help children reduce their intake of sugary food and drink.

Call for more intergenerational care

14 January 2019

Every nursery should partner with an older people’s care or housing provider, according to a new report by United for All Ages.

Six steps to workplace happiness

11 January 2019

The UK ranks only 10th in global workplace ratings but employers can take six key actions to boost happiness in their workplace.

New Year’s Honours List 2019

7 January 2019

A total of 86 people have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to education, children’s services and improving social mobility in the New Year’s Honours List 2019.

Call for reform of Universal Credit childcare policy

7 January 2019

Upfront payment for childcare under the current Universal Credit system “directly conflicts” with the Government’s aim of getting more people into work, according to a new report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee.

Disadvantaged two-year-olds miss out on childcare places

7 January 2019

Local authorities (LAs) are struggling to provide sufficient funded childcare places for disadvantaged two-year-olds, according to a new report by the Department for Education (DfE).

Childcare and early years survey of parents published

7 January 2019

The Department for Education has published the Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents: 2018. This details the findings from the January 2018 to August 2018 survey and is based on the experiences of parents with children from birth to 14.

New guidance on summer-born children published

17 December 2018

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has issued new guidance on how complaints about school admissions for summer-born children are handled.