Separate registration for two-year-olds to discontinue #earlyyears

Forthcoming legislation is expected to remove the requirement that schools register early years provision for two-year-olds separately with Ofsted. It is anticipated that, subject to the approval of parliament, this will come into effect in September 2015. In an open letter on reforms, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education Sam Gyimah said:…

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Major Concerns at Childcare Funding Shortfall #earlyyears

A new report has shown that government funding falls short of covering the amount needed for every child accessing free childcare. Counting the Cost: An Analysis of Delivery Costs for Funded Early Years Education and Childcare, carried out by social and market research agency Ceeda and commissioned by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, demonstrates that government…

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Early education “can have negative effect” on disabled children #earlyyears

The Institute of Education (IoE) has published new research that questions whether children with a disability benefit from early education. With research from the IoE, the National Children’s Bureau and the London School of Economics, Convergence or Divergence? A Longitudinal Analysis of Behaviour Problems among Disabled and Non-disabled Children Aged 3 to 7 in England…

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Childminder agencies get a handbook … and the go-ahead #earlyyears

Ofsted has published a handbook offering guidance to prospective childminder agencies, on registration applications and regulation. Childminder agencies can start operating as of yesterday. As well as for providers, the handbook provides guidance for inspectors, setting out legal background, enforcement and extent of power. Ofsted has promised to publish more information about the inspection of…

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HR Case Confidential – What happens when an employee’s conduct outside of the workplace has a direct impact on their employment?

Croner’s team of HR advice line experts have shared a recent case with us. A nursery manager received a call from an employee’s mother, who advised that her daughter, a nursery nurse employed at the nursery, had been convicted of assaulting her husband witnessed by her three year old daughter. The manager wanted advice on…

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Citizens Advice reports on lack of quality childcare for low earners #earlyyears

The Citizens Advice service says self-employed parents or those in jobs with “irregular hours” have a hard time finding high-quality childcare. In its report, The Practicalities of Childcare: An Overlooked Part of the Puzzle, surveying 400 childcare providers across the country, it found that provisions rated as outstanding and good require more notice to change…

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New feature article on managing transitions can be found in your Croner-i Toolkit #earlyyears

Starting at an early years provision or childminder offers exciting opportunities as well as challenges, and this transition needs to be managed sensitively and effectively.  When a child leaves the home environment for the first time it can be an anxious and emotional time for the whole family. The principle of well-planned transitions and of working…

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Review of Enforcement in the Childcare Sector #Childcare #Ofsted

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a new report into enforcement in the childcare sector. Review of Enforcement in the Childcare Sector: Focus on Enforcement Regulatory Reviews outlines serious concerns among smaller providers about the “quality, volume and coherence of Ofsted guidance”. In particular, the accuracy of written Ofsted reports is…

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Check out the learning and development section of the #EarlyYears Foundation Stage (EYFS) topic on Croner-i

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations. The learning and development section of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out the requirements that all early years providers must…

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Staff Supervision #earlyyears Croner-I Latest Advice

Supervision is a process that involves arranging regular and frequent meetings between a staff member and their supervisor for development and support. It is distinct from appraisal, which involves regular but infrequent meetings to review performance, plan development and set objectives. It is also is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory…

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