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NEWS: DfE publish the two new EYFS statutory framework documents.  

The DfE have, today, published the two new EYFS statutory framework documents. One for childminders and the one for group and school-based providers. These documents apply from the 4 January 2024



NEWS: Children of the 2020s: first survey of families at age 9 months

The Children of the 2020s (Cot20s) study collects longitudinal statistical evidence on the factors and mechanisms that influence cognitive and social-emotional development during early childhood.


NEWS: Updated Childminder agencies: registration and suitability 

On Thursday 30 November, Ofsted updated the Childminder agencies: registration and suitability guidance following new regulations which mean any childcare provider registered with a childminder agency at the time of its closure will automatically be registered with Ofsted. 


NEWS: Government publishes funding entitlement rates for 24/25 (England)

Today, the Department for Education (DfE) has published the local authority funding entitlement rates for 24/25 in England


NEWS: The Structure of the School Year in Wales / Strwythur y Flwyddyn Ysgol yng Nghymru

Welsh Government want your views on proposals to amend school term dates. So that terms are more equal in length, with more evenly distributed breaks, for maintained schools in Wales / Mae Llywodraeth Cymru eisiau eich barn ar gynigion i ddiwygio dyddiadau tymhorau ysgol. Bwriad hyn yw creu termau sy’n fwy cyfartal o ran hyd, gyda’r gwyliau’n cael eu dosbarthu’n fwy cyson, ar gyfer ysgolion a gynhelir yng Nghymru.


NEWS: Autumn Statement reaction

Following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement today, PACEY responds to the possible impact on the childcare and early years sector.


NEWS: Ofsted Annual Reports published (England)

Ofsted have published their annual report on childcare providers and inspections for 2022-2023 aswell as their Annual Report of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2022/23.


NEWS: CIW Annual Report published / Cyhoeddwyd Adroddiad Blynyddol AGC

CIW have published their Annual Report for 2022-2023 / Mae AGC wedi cyhoeddi eu Hadroddiad Blynyddol ar gyfer 2022-2023


NEWS: Coalition report reveals the scale of the workforce crisis in early years

New research published today by the Early Education and Childcare Coalition and the University of Leeds reveals the scale of the workforce crisis in early years with 57% of nursery staff and 38% of childminders considering quitting the sector in the next year. 


NEWS: DfE confirm changes to EYFS, Wraparound scheme details and more

Today, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced planned changes to the EYFS following the consultation period that ended on 26 July 2023, details of the £289m funding for the wraparound scheme for local authorities and another £100m of capital funding for settings.