Childcare and early years news

December 2018

MPs’ Recommendations First Step Towards Childcare Passport

23 December 2018
Work and Pensions Committee logo
The Work and Pensions Committee have today (23 December) published the report on their inquiry into the childcare element of Universal Credit. Read more  

New Scottish National Standard is the only standard

20 December 2018
Maree Todd MSP
Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd gave a ministerial statement and answered questions from MSPs in Scottish Parliament regarding Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion yesterday (19 December). Read more  

Parent survey: funded childcare not supporting families equally

20 December 2018
Parent and child
The DfE has released the results of its biennial childcare and early years survey of parents, which gives a range of statistics including for funded childcare places. Read more  

More children accessing 30 hours than before 

19 December 2018
Department for Education logo
The Department for Education (DfE) have published the statistics for 30 hours take-up during the autumn term. Read more  

Scottish Government announces National Standards for 1140 hours 

18 December 2018
Maree Todd MSP
Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd announced the details of the National Standard and Funding Follows the Child today. Read more  

Christmas message

18 December 2018
We hope all our members have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, enjoying a well-deserved break with loved ones. Read more  

Issues faced by LAs offering funded places

17 December 2018
Department for Education logo
A new report from the Department for Education (DfE) reveals the results from the Children’s Services Omnibus Survey. Read more  

Scottish Government reveals budget plans

12 December 2018
Derek Mackay MSP
Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has set out his plans for tax and spending for the year ahead to the Scottish Parliament. Read more  

Estyn report: nurseries in Wales improving but fewer of them

05 December 2018
Estyn logo
Estyn, the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales,  has released their latest annual report revealing that the standard of non-maintained settings in Wales continues to improve. Read more  

School readiness and lack of SEND funding: Ofsted Annual Report

04 December 2018
Ofsted's Annual Report 2018
Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman expressed her delight at nurseries’ high quality but gave warnings about the numbers of children unable to use the toilet properly when they started school. Read more