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Childcare Legislation News

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Children in 'Opportunity Area' have improved outcomes

Children in the most deprived area of the country have seen a huge improvement in their outcomes at the end of the EYFS following a major programme of targeted Government investment.

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High court rules that nurseries cannot benefit from same planning rights as schools

Bright Horizons has lost its case in the high court to extend one of its settings after a judge ruled a nursery is not a ‘school’ and therefore does not benefit from the same planning rights.

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Welsh Government plans to end the disparity in childcare funding

Wales is to pilot a programme to align funding for providers delivering the country’s two childcare offers.

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Nadhim Zahawi sets out next steps for £20m early years fund

The DfE is looking for a national training partner to take on the next stage of the Early Years Professional Development Fund, the children’s minister told delegates at the Nursery World Business Summit.

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Changes to Early Learning Goals 'criminal' says early years expert

Children are being steered towards pleasing teachers over developing a genuine love of learning under proposed reforms to the Early Learning Goals, early years experts said yesterday.


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Policy Guides

Guide to: GDPR - Ten common questions

How do the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) work in practice? Alexander Fetani, of the Early...

Guide to: Universal Credit changes 2018

In the latest Budget, the Government has changed its plans for Universal Credit. Here’s what these announcements...

Guide to: Working Together Guidance

The Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance on multi-agency working was updated in June. So,...

Guide to: Social Mobility policies

The Government has recently announced a raft of initiatives targeted at closing the disadvantage gap...

Guide to: Childhood Obesity Strategy

Following criticism of its obesity strategy, the Government added a second chapter earlier this year...

Guide to: Promoting the Early Years

What resources and initiatives are out there to help the sector promote itself to potential new and future...

Guide to: T-levels

Will the new T-levels be a bed of roses or a bumpy road? Hannah Crown gives the lowdown on the new vocational...