Childcare and early years news

November 2018

Early years teacher crisis

30 November 2018
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Save the Children has asked the Government to reverse the decline of early years teachers in its report: Tackling the crisis in the early years teacher workforce. Read more  

New report highlights issues surrounding Universal Credit

29 November 2018
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Save the Children (StC) have released a new report on childcare and Universal Credit titled A Bright Start. Read more  

Lack of funding for wage increases could threaten providers before 2020

28 November 2018
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Responding to the Low Pay Commission’s report on the National Living Wage increase NDNA Scotland have highlighted that rising costs will place added pressure on private and voluntary childcare providers in the run up to 2020. Read more  

Influencing Policy – Welsh Government supports private sector 

28 November 2018
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Following discussions with Sandra Welsby, NDNA Cymru National Manager, about potential issues around capital grants for delivering the Childcare Offer for Wales, the Welsh Government have responded. Read more  

Welsh Government should look again at funding rates in light of minimum wages increases

28 November 2018
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Responding to the Low Pay Commission’s report on the National Living Wage increase NDNA have highlighted that the rising costs will be unsustainable for the sector. Read more  

Ofsted stats: 95% of nurseries good or outstanding 

 27 November 2018
Amanda Spielman
Ofsted has released its latest statistics regarding nursery providers. Read more     

Unfunded Minimum and Living Wage increases to cost nurseries thousands

27 November 2018
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The Low Pay Commission has released a new report revealing that 5 million people benefited from an increase to the National Living Wage (NLW) in April 2018. Read more  

NDNA presents case to Audit Scotland

23 November 2018
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NDNA Scotland supported MSPs in a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 1140 hours. Read more  

Flat funding rate amounts to serious cuts in nursery funding

23 November 2018
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The announcement by the Department for Education of the latest Early Years National Funding Rates has confirmed that rates will remain stagnant for 2019/20. Read more  

NDNA joins members presenting evidence to APPG Inquiry

15 November 2018

MPs heard about the huge challenges facing private, voluntary and independent nurseries (PVI) at an APPG inquiry yesterday. Read more  

Education Minister’s £18m for home learning a “drop in the ocean”

14 November 2018
Damian Hinds MP

Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced an £18 investment in projects to support children’s communication skills through home learning. Read more  

NDNA shares social mobility concerns following Nursery World investigation

13 November 2018
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A new Freedom of Information (FOI) investigation by Nursery World has revealed that thousands of the most disadvantaged children are losing out on early education because of Government policy. Read more   

Key concern for 1140 hours is sustainable funding

07 November 2018
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The Scottish Government consultation on the expansion of early learning and childcare to 1140 hours reports the main concern is a sustainable funding rate. Read more  

Underspend on tax-free childcare to be returned to Treasury

06 November 2018
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£600m underspend on the Government’s tax-free childcare (TFC) scheme is to be returned to the Treasury, according to Labour. Read more  

Childcare providers’ survey suggests worrying trends

02 November 2018
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The Department for Education (DfE)’s 2018 providers survey was released yesterday (1 November). The findings have highlighted just how vital the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector is in the delivery of the Governments 30 hours policy. Read more  

NDNA Scotland member experiences and research inform Scottish Parliament debate

1 November 2018
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MSPs from all major parties took part in a lively debate, called by the Conservative group, about the roll-out of the Scottish Government’s 1140 hours policy yesterday (31 October 2018). Read more