The Childcare Bill successfully passed Committee Stage in the Commons on 10th December 2015. On 25th January it had its Report Stage, Legislative Grand Committee and Third Reading, which all passed successfully and will now move to Lords consideration of the amendments made in the Commons on Tuesday 2nd February.
Right to Request
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced new plans to give families the ‘right to request’ wraparound and holiday childcare for children from Reception up to the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9) to help deliver on the government’s commitment to help parents access affordable and flexible childcare. Childcare providers will also have the ‘right to request’ the use of a school’s facilities when the school is not using them – opening up good quality, affordable childcare when they need it.
The consultation, on draft departmental advice on how schools should respond to the ‘rights to request’, was launched on the 7 December 2015 by the Prime Minister. It seeks views from parents and carers on making a request, and from schools, childcare providers and others on how they can work together to deliver this commitment for hard working families.
The departmental advice aims to avoid imposing unnecessary burdens on schools and maintains school autonomy, whilst ensuring schools understand the basis on which they should be responding constructively to requests for wraparound and holiday childcare.
The consultation closes on the 29 February 2016.
We look forward to hearing your views on the proposals in the draft departmental advice document. The consultation can be found here
If you have any questions about the consultation please contact David Aickin at the Childcare Providers and Regulation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmed early years initial teacher training providers for 2016 to 2017
The National College for Teaching and Leadership are pleased to confirm training provider details for 2016 to 2017. Further information, including funding details is available on the Get Into Teaching webpage for early years. We hope this will help you to take a step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career where you can make a real impact for young children.
App launched to help monitor children’s sugar intake
Public Health England has launched a new Sugar Smart app to help parents see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. This follows revelations that 4-to-10 year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes a year, or around 22kg – the average weight of a 5-year-old. This can lead to painful tooth decay, weight gain and obesity, which can also affect children’s wellbeing as they are more likely to be bullied, have low self-esteem and miss school.
Childminders on non-domestic premises
From January 2016, childminders can provide childcare on non-domestic premises for up to 50% of their time. This will give childminders the flexibility to provide childcare from different settings – if they wish to do so – by expanding the range of premises from which they can operate without registering separately as a childcare provider.