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Early Years

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.

5 May 2017

Early Years - update May 2017

The Government have announced two tax schemes concerning childcare.

4 Apr 2017

Early Years - update April 2017

Early Years - eligibility criteria of parents for 30 hours free childcare

4 Nov 2016

Early Years - update November 2016

Standards and Testing Agency Handbook

3 Sep 2016

Tax free childcare

Tax free childcare is a new government scheme to help parents with their childcare costs.

17 Aug 2016

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.

10 May 2016

Government review into ‘cutting red tape’

Evidence sort from early years childcare providers

10 May 2016

Consultation on disqualification from childcare arrangements


12 Apr 2016

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.

8 Apr 2016

Consultation on 30-hour free childcare entitlement

The Childcare Act received Royal Assent on 16 March.

8 Apr 2016

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.

3 Dec 2015

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.

3 Dec 2015

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.

6 Nov 2015

First aid qualifications

The government is consulting the childcare sector, health professionals, parents and local authorities in England.

2 Sep 2015

Cost of childcare consultation

The government has launched a consultation on the cost of providing childcare.

2 Sep 2015

Tax-free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is part of the government’s long-term plan to support working families.

2 Sep 2015

Registration with Ofsted for Early Years settings

Changes to the registration arrangements for early years provision in schools.

2 Sep 2015

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.

24 Mar 2015

Early years pupil premium

The Department for Education has published a model form and letter.

1 Dec 2014

Draft guidance on tax-free childcare

Draft guidance on Tax-Free Childcare

30 Sep 2014

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.

5 Sep 2014

SEND Code of practice and Early Years 

DfE publishes advice for early years providers funded by the local authority

29 May 2014

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.

31 Mar 2014

Tax-free childcare scheme

In August 2013 the Government published a consultation document, seeking views on the design and operation of Tax-Free Childcare.

28 Feb 2014

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

1 Oct 2016

Early years foundation stage profile 2017 handbook

EYFS Handbook 2017 from the DfE

3 Mar 2017

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

DfE document: Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five

21 Jun 2017

ISC responds to Primary Assessment Consultation

ISC has responded to the primary assessment consultation. Our response can be downloaded below.