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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.

There was a consultation earlier this year seeking views on how this may be implemented. There are concerns about the financial sustainability of the proposals and these have been conveyed to the Department of Education by way of consultation submissions.

DfE has recently launched a six week consultation on an early years national funding formula. The proposals are being put forward to support the recent increase of 30 free hours of childcare entitlement. This consultation was launched on 11 August 2016 and responses should be made by 22 September 2016.

4 Nov 2016 Early Years

Early Years - update November 2016

Standards and Testing Agency Handbook

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3 Sep 2016 Early Years

Tax free childcare

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

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10 May 2016 Early Years

Government review into ‘cutting red tape’

Evidence sort from early years childcare providers

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10 May 2016 Early Years

Consultation on disqualification from childcare arrangements


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21 Jun 2017

ISC responds to Primary Assessment Consultation

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

1 Sep 2014

Early years: guide to the 0 to 25 SEND code of practice

From the Department for Education. Advice for early years providers that are funded by the local authority.

1 Mar 2014

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

From the Department for Education. Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.