Government frameworks for the early years have a major impact on ISC schools catering for the 0-5 year old age group.
ISC works with sector associations to uphold the principles of independence for these schools.
Early Years - update May 2017
The Government have announced two tax schemes concerning childcare.
Tax free childcare
Tax free childcare is a new government scheme to help parents with their childcare costs.
30 hours free entitlement to childcare
As you may be aware the government has passed legislation to increase the number of hours of free entitlement of childcare from 15 hours to 30 hours.
Government review into ‘cutting red tape’
Evidence sort from early years childcare providers
Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) update
The Government announced further detail on the rollout of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), and the closing of Employer-Supported Childcare (ESC) to new entrants.
Consultation on 30-hour free childcare entitlement
The Childcare Act received Royal Assent on 16 March.
Summer born children
Some schools have raised queries about the impact of Nick Gibb’s letter in September last year on the admission of summer born children.
Tax-Free Childcare (TFC)
The Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement that there will be some changes to TFC to better target the support that it gives to working families.
The Childcare Bill
The House of Commons Public Bill Committee is due to consider the Childcare Bill which is currently passing through Parliament and gives effect to the increase to 30 hours free childcare.
First aid qualifications
The government is consulting the childcare sector, health professionals, parents and local authorities in England.
Cost of childcare consultation
The government has launched a consultation on the cost of providing childcare.
Tax-Free Childcare is part of the government’s long-term plan to support working families.
Registration with Ofsted for Early Years settings
Changes to the registration arrangements for early years provision in schools.
Early years pupil premium: model form and letter for parents
Model form and letter to help providers of early years education identify which children are eligible for the early years pupil premium.
Early years pupil premium
The Department for Education has published a model form and letter.
Tax-free childcare draft guidance
HMRC publishes draft guidance on tax-free childcare. Also see updates on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014.
SEND Code of practice and Early Years
DfE publishes advice for early years providers funded by the local authority
Tax free childcare
ISC met with HMRC to explore some aspects of the Government’s proposals for tax free childcare, published earlier this year. Also see updates on EYFS framework document.
Tax-free childcare scheme
In August 2013 the Government published a consultation document, seeking views on the design and operation of Tax-Free Childcare.
The regulation of childcare consultation
The Government published their response to the 2013 consultation on the Regulation of Childcare. Also see updates on Management of independent schools consultation, Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions and DfE Policy Statement on 16-18
Early years foundation stage profile 2017 handbook
EYFS Handbook 2017 from the DfEDownload
Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
DfE document: Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to fiveDownload
ISC responds to Primary Assessment Consultation
ISC has responded to the primary assessment consultation. Our response can be downloaded below.Download