New early years qualification announced

14 October 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in England including a new qualification in Early Years Leadership which will be available from autumn 2022.

Call for independent review of childcare funding

14 October 2021

The Petitions Committee is calling on the Government to commission an independent review into childcare funding and affordability, as part of its new report on the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on new parents.

Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial participants to be offered top-up doses

13 October 2021

People who have participated in vaccine clinical trials in England are being offered the option to get additional vaccine doses to ensure they can travel abroad to countries which currently only accept vaccination records with approved for deployment Covid-19 vaccinations.

Changes to rules on childcare ratios reported

8 October 2021

The Government plans to relax childcare ratios so that individual staff members can look after an increased number of children, according to a report in the Telegraph.