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NEWS: Additional FAQs for early years and childcare settings in England

This week the DfE issued further clarification on coronavirus measures in a FAQ document for early years and childcare settings in England.


NEWS: DfE announces new NPQ for early years in England

The Department for Education has announced its reformed National Professional Qualifications which includes a new qualification in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) available from autumn 2022.


NEWS: COVID-19 Testing for children in Wales / Profion COVID-19 i blant

The Minister for Education and the Welsh Language has today announced the future arrangements for COVID-19 Testing for children and young people in Wales.  Cyhoeddodd y Gweinidog Addysg a’r Gymraeg heddiw trefniadau i ddod ar gyfer Profion COVID-19 i blant


NEWS: Confusion over plans to relax childcare ratios in England

Over the weekend, new reports published in the Telegraph hinted at potential government plans to relax adult-child ratios in early years settings in England if staff qualification levels were higher.


NEWS: Funding to support childcare in Wales /Cyllid i gefnogi gwasanaethau gofal plant yng Ngymru

Deputy Minister announces further funding to support childcare and play services in Wales / Mae’r Dirprwy Weinidog yn cyhoeddi cyllid pellach i gefnogi gwasanaethau gofal plant a Chwarae yng Ngymru


NEWS: Childcare Offer for Wales - New National Digital Service/Cynnig Gofal Plant i Gymru - Gwasanaeth Digidol Cenedlaethol Newydd

Welsh Government have provided an update on the move to a new digital service to deliver the Childcare Offer for Wales in 2022. / Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi darparu diweddariad am y ffaith y bydd gwasanaeth digidol newydd ar gyfer Cynnig Gofal Plant Cymru yn cael ei gyflwyno yn 2022.  


NEWS: Updated guidance to support the EYFS

The Department for Education has released two updated documents that are used widely across the early years sector, to align with the changes to the new EYFS that came into effect on 1 September.


NEWS: Over half a million children respond to Commissioner’s ‘Big Ask’ survey

Today Dame Rachel de Souza, Children's Commissioner for England, has published the responses to her ‘Big Ask’ survey of children.


NEWS: Will Quince appointed children and families minister at DfE

As part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, Colchester MP Will Quince has replaced Vicky Ford as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education. 


NEWS: Nadhim Zahawi replaces Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary in England

Nadhim Zahawi has been announced as the new Secretary of State for Education, as part of a wider government reshuffle in England.