Early Years: Will we get our £770,000,000 back?

So, on reading this article in Nursery World which informs us that there is a massive 93% underspend on the Tax Free Childcare Accounts - which ultimately forms part of the £6 billion investment in early years funding for education & childcare I can't help but ask:  Will we see this money come back into the sector through increased funding rates?  I suspect I know the answer will be NO, but perhaps we should be asking those that advocate our … [Read more...]

Ofsted Big Conversation West Midlands Open Meeting

We've had a great time at the Coventry Childcare Expo but there's no time to stand still as we're proud to be supporting & exhibiting once again at the Ofsted Big Conversation in Wolverhampton on 13th October. Have you ever wanted to just ask Ofsted a question, but not had the opportunity outside of the inspection process? Perhaps you've heard differing interpretations over aspects of the Statutory Guidance and want something clarified? - … [Read more...]

Being School Ready Training for Practitioners

Following on from my Assessment Measures Blog in July where I mentioned that we were involved in doing some research with schools about their expectations for children I am glad to report that we have moved the project forward in supporting parents and practitioners in Being School Ready. Our project has involved talking to schools directly, working with parents and providing training for practitioners. We have also created a brand new resource … [Read more...]

Assessment Measures

We have recently become involved in a project to support parents and children in preparing for the journey to school. We initially thought this was all about the children, but having spoken to several schools it seems it’s as much about the parents as it is the children – who knew! So the project has taken a turn in that direction. The other side of the project though, is considering moderation between schools and settings. This has … [Read more...]

What’s new in the updated Operational Guidance?

I’ve been catching up with recent publications related to the early years over the last few days. So on 17th July, just 5 days before the end of term, the DfE decided that they should publish a revised and updated Operational Guidance.  The Pre-school learning alliance has published A guide to the key changes and so here I will be looking at the implications of some of these for parents and providers. The document has had quite a shake up in … [Read more...]