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PACEY policy - June

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.

England

Last chance to have your say on the EYFS

As the Department for Education (DfE), pilots revised Early Learning Goals (ELGs) in advance of a planned revision of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework that will be rolled out in 2021, PACEY and other leading sector bodies want to know what practitioners think. What do you like about the current EYFS, and what would you like to see changed? Take our short survey, which is open until Friday 21st June.

PACEY and sector colleagues demand action on early years funding

PACEY has written a joint letter, published in The Guardian, which argues that the childcare sector is “close to breaking point” due to the early years funding shortfall, and calls on the Government “to respond and ensure that funding matches the true cost of delivering quality childcare.”

Early years workload initiative

PACEY has joined sector colleagues, along with DfE and Ofsted, to look at what can be done to tackle excessive workload in the early years. Our research has repeatedly found that paperwork and red tape put off many small providers from delivering the funded entitlements.

Find out more about upcoming policy developments

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is holding a series of Learn – Explore – Debate (LED) events in July in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Newcastle on behalf of the DfE. Sign up today.

Latest stats on 30 hours

The DfE has published its latest round of statistics on the number of eligibility codes issues and validated for the summer term 2019, and a comparison between the 2017/18 and the 2018/19 academic years. Around 378,774 children were in a 30 hours place during the summer term. This is 38,800 more than this time last year – an 11% increase. The publication also reveals that 90% of those parents who were issued a code for the summer term actually took up a place – 2% less than last year.

Reminder: the new Ofsted framework is coming

The Education Inspection Framework (EIF) will come into force for all early years providers from 1 September. Visit PACEY’s EIF spotlight page for the latest information.

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