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NEWS: Plans to ease restrictions in Wales / Cynlluniau i lacio’r cyfyngiadau yng Nghymru

The First Minister has set out how Wales plans to move back to alert level zero if the public health situation continues to improve / Mae’r Prif Weinidog yn nodi sut y mae Cymru yn bwriadu symud yn ôl i lefel rhybudd sero os bydd y sefyllfa iechyd cyhoeddus yn parhau i wella.


NEWS: Reminder about Ofsted inspection activity in 2022

Ofsted recently confirmed that it is continuing with its inspection activity in 2022. You can find the latest information around how inspections in England will be prioritised and your options for applying for a deferral if you are affected by the latest coronavirus wave.  


NEWS: Self-isolation in England to be reduced to 5 full days

Yesterday the Government confirmed that from 17 January, people in England with COVID-19 will be able to end their self-isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative via LFD on days 5 and 6. 


NEWS: Ofsted responds to sector concerns around recent guidance

Ofsted responds to sector concerns around now-deleted guidance for childminders, nannies and other childcare providers on reporting significant events in England. 


NEWS: DfE publishes specific guidance for childminders

Today (13 January) The Department for Education (DfE) has published a new webpage: Additional guidance for childminders operating during the pandemic.


NEWS: Non-maintained curriculum in Wales / Cwricwlwm nas cynhelir

Welsh Government have published the Curriculum for funded non-maintained nursery settings as part of the wider New Curriculum for Wales that will be in place from September 2022. Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cyhoeddi’r Cwricwlwm ar gyfer lleoliadau meithrin nas cynhelir a ariennir fel rhan o’r Cwricwlwm Newydd ehangach i Gymru a fydd yn ei le o fis Medi 2022.


NEWS: DfE launches weekly surveys of settings in England

The Department for Education has launched a weekly ‘pulse survey’ to find out more about how COVID issues are affecting the childcare and early years sector. 


NEWS: DfE confirms ratio flexibility in latest COVID wave

Today (11 January) the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that the current wave of COVID-19 is considered an ‘exceptional circumstance’, and early settings and childcare settings in England can have temporary flexibility in their staff-to-child ratios. 


NEWS: Ofsted coronavirus notifications reach record high in England

This week Ofsted published its latest data showing the number of registered early years and childcare settings in England that reported confirmed cases of coronavirus. The latest data for December 2021 shows a record high, with notifications more than doubling over that month.  


New Children’s Commissioner for Wales announced / NEWS: Cyhoeddi enw’r Comisiynydd Plant Cymru nesaf

The First Minister has announced the appointment of Rocio Cifuentes as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales.  Mae’r Prif Weinidog wedi cyhoeddi mai Rocio Cifuentes fydd Comisiynydd Plant newydd Cymru.