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NEWS: The Labour Party on childcare

Earlier this morning, Bridget Phillipson MP, the shadow education secretary, delivered a speech on Labours plans for childcare moving forward. She promises to make reforming the childcare system her “first priority in government.” And states “The childcare model the Conservatives have built fails everyone, denying parents the ability to work the jobs they’d like, to give their children the opportunities they’d like, and is not of the quality that staff want to provide,”.


NEWS: Coram Family and Childcare releases the Childcare Survey 2023

As seen on the BBC news this morning, Coram Family and Childcare have released the Childcare Survey 2023, which is the 22nd annual survey mapping the cost and availability of childcare across Great Britain. They have highlighted some key findings, including the significant shortfall in childcare places with ‘just half of local authorities reporting enough childcare for children under 2’.


NEWS: DfE publishes SEND and AP improvement plan

Transformational reform begins for children and young people with SEND. The SEND and AP Improvement Plan published today (Thursday 02 March) confirms investment in training for thousands of workers so children can get the help they need earlier, alongside thousands of additional specialist school places for those with the greatest needs – as 33 new areas are approved for special free schools to be built as of today. 


NEWS: Ofsted publishes research review into art and design

Last week (22 February) in its Research review series, Ofsted published new research and analysis into art and design.  The context of the review says ‘Art is a rich and varied set of practices central to human civilisation. Art itself is not static, and its purposes, materials and methods are always evolving.’


NEWS: Ministerial Review of Play/Adolygiad Gweinidogol o Gyfleoedd Chwarae

The Welsh Government has published the Ministerial Review of Play steering group report. The publication follows an in-depth and collaborative review of the Welsh Government’s work with respect to play policy.  Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cyhoeddi Adroddiad grŵp llywio yr Adolygiad Gweinidogol o Gyfleoedd Chwarae. Mae’r cyhoeddiad yn dilyn adolygiad drylwyr a chydweithredol o waith Llywodraeth Cymru mewn perthynas â pholisi chwarae.


NEWS: CIW Improvement project – pilot invitation/Prosiect gwella AGC - gwahoddiad cynllun peilot

CIW are piloting an exciting new approach to the way they work with providers which you can get involved in. / Mae AGC yn peilota dull newydd a chyffrous i'r ffordd maent yn gweithio gyda darparwyr y gallwch gymryd rhan ynddo,


NEWS: PACEY provides evidence in childcare and early years inquiry

Earlier today (31 January) PACEY’s Chief Executive Helen Donohoe spoke in the first oral evidence session of the Education Committee’s childcare and early years inquiry.


NEWS: The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood launches new campaign

Today (31 January 2023) The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the first five years of childhood.


NEWS: PACEY to provide evidence in Education Committee inquiry

PACEY’s Chief Executive Helen Donohoe will be providing oral evidence in the cross-party Education Committee’s first session of its inquiry into support for childcare and the early years.


NEWS: Latest updates from Ofsted

The latest updates from Ofsted for providers in England, including details of its curriculum roadshows, updates to 'myth-busting' guidance and a link to the latest blog around inspections.