Cost of providing childcare review
The government is undertaking a review of the costs of providing childcare in England and has issued a call for evidence that will inform its findings. The purpose is to:
- improve the government’s understanding of how much it costs early years providers to provide childcare
- inform the outcome of the review into the cost of providing childcare
The call for evidence can be accessed here
Ofsted: Common Inspection Framework and Early Years Inspection Handbook
Ofsted has now published the Common Inspection Framework which comes into effect from September 2015. The framework is designed to bring together the inspection of different education, skills and early years settings to provide greater coherence across different providers that cater for similar age ranges.
A new inspection handbook for the early years settings has also been released. The handbook details the main activities the inspectors will undertake and how the settings are evaluated.
Exit Requirements for English and Maths for Childcare Apprentices
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that people looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life. Childcare apprentices will now have to show they have a good level of English and maths by the end of their training through the creation of an ‘exit standard’ of a grade C or above in GCSE English and maths.
Advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty
The Department for Education has published advice for schools and providers on the Prevent Duty which came into effect on 1st July, 2015. Schools and childcare providers are already responsible for keeping children safe, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and for promoting the welfare of children in their care. The Prevent duty will reinforce these existing duties by spreading understanding of the risks and current good practice across the country. This advice is intended to help schools and childcare providers think about what they can do to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and suggests how they can access support to do this.
Record number of 3 and 4 year olds receiving free childcare
Recently released statistics show an unprecedented demand for childcare places due to the government’s offer of 15 free hours per week – resulting in 99% take-up from 4-year-olds and 94% take-up from 3-year-olds.
The figures mean that around 650,000 3-year-olds and 675,000 4-year-olds currently receive funded early education – a total of over 1.3 million.
The statistics also show that for the first time more than 1 million 3- and 4-year-olds get their funded hours in settings rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Funding available for early years initial teacher training (ITT)
There is still time to apply for an early years ITT place starting in September 2015. Early years teachers play an essential role in children’s development between birth and the age of five, providing high-quality early education to support the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Training to gain early years teacher status (EYTS) provide trainees with the knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning.
There are four training routes available – all options lead to early years teacher status (EYTS) upon successful completion.
For more information on funding, the different routes and how to apply for this September please visit the Get into Teaching website.