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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.

This was announced in the budget. TFC is being launched from early 2017 and the scheme will be gradually rolled out on an age-based approach, allowing parents of the youngest children to enter the scheme first. Families with multiple children will be able to join the scheme when their youngest child becomes eligible, and at that point they will be able to receive support for all their qualifying children. All disabled children will be prioritised so they will join the scheme early on in the rollout process. By the end of 2017 TFC will be open to all eligible parents. It was also confirmed that ESC will remain open to new entrants until April 2018, to support the transition between the two schemes.

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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17 Aug 2016 Early Years

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.

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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.