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Nursery school heads march to Downing Street 

18 March 2019

Nursery school head teachers have marched to Downing Street to deliver a letter to the Chancellor calling on the Government to secure the long-term funding of nursery schools.

New online dangers resources launched

18 March 2019

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched the first new learning resources aimed at young children to help keep them safe from online sexual abuse and exploitation.

Rising costs for childcare providers

11 March 2019

Costs of providing childcare have risen over the past three years, according to a government-commissioned report by Frontier Economics.

Government moves ahead with baseline trials

11 March 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) is pressing ahead with testing the new reception baseline assessments and has invited schools to take part in trials starting in September.

Help with family-friendly policies

7 March 2019

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has issued guidance for employers on the “evidence-based actions” they can take to improve their family-friendly policies in order to help to close the gender pay gap in their workplaces.

Childcare costs rise by 3%

4 March 2019

Coram Family and Childcare has published its 19th annual Childcare Survey, revealing that the average price for 25 hours of nursery childcare for a child under two has risen by 3% to £6600 per year. 

Call for early years “revolution”

4 March 2019

The Health and Social Care Committee is calling on the Government to develop a long-term strategy to improve support for children in the first 1000 days of their lives.

Statutory maternity, etc pay rates for 2019/20

28 February 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed its proposed rates for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental payments from April 2019 (policy paper is here). These new rates will be effective from 7 April 2019.

Low take-up of Tax-Free Childcare

26 February 2019

Only a fifth of the expected number of families are using the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme, according to new government data.

Free early learning apps for disadvantaged children

26 February 2019

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has announced that thousands of families are to receive free access to educational apps that help boost early literacy and language skills.