NDNA Knowledge Hub - England

Get the latest on England childcare and early years policy.

Consultation on EYPP and Free School Meals

21 November 2017
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NDNA will be responding to a Government consultation on a proposed approach to revising the Universal Credit entitlement criteria for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and Free School Meals (FSM).

You can respond to the consultation here

HMRC update: November 30 deadline for 30 hours places starting January 2018

9 November 2017
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With the January term fast approaching, HMRC is encouraging parents to apply for 30 hours as soon as possible, before 30 November to make sure they get their code in good time for next term. 
Download HMRC's parent communications toolkit, to provide further information to parents about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare. 

Download the toolkit here

Haringey Council invitation to local providers

24 October 2017

Haringey Council has written to local providers, inviting them to submit quotes to take on the operational management of West Children’s Centres of a period of one year.  

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HMRC update

1 September 2017
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View an update from HMRC in regards to 30 hours code and reconciliation of payments here.

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Help to create a better, clearer Ofsted website

22 August
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Ofsted is building a new website to make it easier for nurseries to work with them, and they need your help.

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Guidance for parents on how to find their 30 hours code

16 August

Following feedback that some parents and carers have found it difficult to retrieve their 11 digit eligibility code once they have successfully applied online for 30 hours, Bristol City Council have shared this useful step-by-step guide to show how to find the code again. You can share this guidance with parent or carers you know are having problems retrieving their code.

FREE 30 hours live webinar

8 August 2017
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Are you ready for 30 hours? Join our live FREE webinar at 9.30am on Thursday 10 August with NDNA Trustee and early implementer Helen Gration, of Yorkshire Montessori Nursery.
Hear Helen’s top tips on making it work in practice, your admissions policy and communicating with parents.

To sign up, send the name of the person attending, setting, email address and phone number to bookings@ndna.org.uk or call Heather on 01484 407070.  

Ofsted publishes mythbusting videos

2 August 2017

Following its mythbusting document , Ofsted has published a new series of nine videos answering common myths about early years inspections - find out more here  

Update to Heatwave Plan for England

1 June 2017
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Gov.uk has updated it's Heatwave Plan for England, access it here .  NDNA members, get access to our FREE Sun Care Policy template for England, Scotland and Wales to adapt for your setting.
Download a sun care policy template  

Download new good and outstanding Ofsted logos

7 April 2017

Ofsted has designed and launched new logos for early years and education providers rated good or outstanding. Settings can now download and use the new logos through an improved system - read more here 

Ofsted publishes mythbuster on inspecting early years providers

4 April 2017

Ofsted has published a new document, to confirm facts about early years inspections and dispel myths - including approaches to paperwork, and offering inspectors a cup of tea! See the new document here  

EYFS Your Questions answered

22 March 2017

We answer your questions on the new EYFS, released 3 March 2017 to implement on 3 April 2017 here.

Functional skills and model agreement announcements

06 March 2017
The Childcare Minister Caroline Dinenage last week confirmed the return of functional skills for level three qualification requirements as part of new Early Years Workforce Strategy – and also launched the Department for Education’s (DfE) Model Agreement to local authorities for 30 hours. NDNA is delighted about functional skills – but warns the Model Agreement is unworkable.

Read our comments on the return of functional skills here, early years workforce strategy key announcements here and the Government's Workforce Strategy here.
Read our comments on the Model Agreement here and the DfE's 'Model Agreement: Early years provision free of charge and free childcare' document here.

Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework update: Spring 2017

06 March 2017

On 3 March 2017, the Department for Education published a revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework, coming in to force on 3 April 2017.

View the key changes to the revised framework to support early years providers - and the updates to NDNA products and services - here 

Department for Education (DfE) respond to NDNA member questions regarding 30 hours funding

11 January 2017

The DfE has responded to comments and questions raised by NDNA members concerning funding and the position of local authorities, eligibility and legal requirements. NDNA is campaigning for changes to make 30 hours work - see our latest press release .

Read the full Q&A here

Childhood flu immunisation programme

9 November 2016
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Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies, has written a letter to staff in the early years, for support in raising awareness of the childhood flu immunisation programme. 

View the letter

30 hour free childcare entitlement

8 November 2016
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The Government has released its 30 hour free childcare entitlement delivery model consultation response document.

View here

Updated guidance: Early years provider non-compliance - action by Ofsted

31 October 2016
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The Government has updated its guidance on what Ofsted does when a childminder or childcare provider does not comply with regulations, including the addition of a summary of changes document.

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NDNA Workforce Survey results

19 October 2016
NDNA England Workforce Survey 2016

NDNA calls for the Government to act to reverse the catastrophic recruitment crisis so nurseries can deliver the 30 hour funded childcare promise, after results of our Workforce Survey.

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Safeguarding update: FAQs for registered early years providers

17 October 2016
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View FAQs from Ofsted Early Education Deputy Director Gill Jones on the new safeguarding updates. 

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Clarification on medicines in early years settings

6 October 2016
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The DfE has clarified paragraph 3.45 of the EYFS relating to medicines in the early years.

It states that 'medicines must not usually be administered unless they have been prescribed'. Settings must not, as their usual practice, administer medicines without permission to do so.

The DfE will clarify this further in the next amendment of the EYFS.

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Get the latest from HMRC and ACAS on the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage

3 October 2016
National Minimum Wage rates
HMRC and ACAS have teamed up to give you the help you need as an employer or employee. Find out about the new National Living and National Minimum Wage rates and who you need to pay it to in this free live webinar on Tuesday 11 Oct – 1pm to 2pm.

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