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Today, Friday 28 March, the Department for Education has published a consultation seeking views on changes to the provision of early education and childcare as a result of measures in the Children and Families Act.

Part A of the consultation is about the introduction of childminder agencies and specifically new draft regulations, including key requirements for those organisations who wish to set up agencies, whilst Part B seeks views on draft regulations which make changes to the way local authorities discharge their duty under section 7 of the Childcare Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”).

The consultation will run until 22 May and can be accessed here

The government has also announced a freeze on the fees childminders pay to Ofsted for the fifth year in a row, keeping them at £35 per year.

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