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Early years provision managed by schools that are graded outstanding may no longer be subject to routine inspections under Ofsted's new inspection framework for schools, which takes effect in January 2012.

The Department for Education has confirmed that the final version of the revised EYFS will be published at the end of March or early April 2012.

The DfE has confirmed that all six-year-olds will take a phonics reading test next June.

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Culturebaby is a new programme rolling out in Manchester which aims to help practitioners and families find new ways to engage very young children with art and culture.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has stressed the Government's intention to take radical action 'to tackle the scandal of our educational underclass', talking of the need to ensure 'school readiness' for children who arrive in reception class 'unable to form letters or even hold a pencil'.

The north of England is set to get its first outdoor nursery, where the children will play in the woods all day, every day, whatever the weather.

Children are either born with or without a natural talent for maths, according to a new study.

Early years settings that employ an Early Years Professional make 'significant improvements' in the quality of learning for children from two-and-a-half to five, a four-year study has concluded.

The DfE has confirmed that parents who defer their four-year-old's school place this September and keep their child at their early years setting will continue to be offered the 15-hour free entitlement.