Local authority underspend on early years rises

16 April 2021

The total of unspent early years funding by local education authorities (LEAs) for 2019-2020 has risen to £62 million, according to an updated report by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

Funding boost for children with SEND

16 April 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or requiring alternative provision in England will benefit from a £280 million funding boost.

Covid-19 linked to increased risk of mental health disorders

12 April 2021

The largest study yet conducted into the link between Covid-19 and mental health problems has revealed that about one third of Covid survivors have also received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection.

Wales given a roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions

9 April 2021

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has set out plans to further relax Covid restrictions with the aim of taking Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17 May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

Finalised EYFS framework published

8 April 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the final version of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and confirmed that it will be rolled out nationally from 1 September.

Small high-powered magnets can seriously harm children

8 April 2021

A growing number of cases where children and teenagers have suffered serious internal injuries after swallowing small, high-powered magnets has led the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to launch a new safety campaign.

Ofsted to resume early years inspections

1 April 2021

Ofsted has confirmed that onsite education inspection framework (EIF) inspections of registered early years providers will begin from 4 May 2021.