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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.

The upper income limit per parent will be lowered to £100,000 per annum. The lower income level per parent will be increased from 8 hours at the relevant National Minimum Wage/New Living Wage (NMW/NLW) to 16 hours at these rates. The changes will be aligned between TFC and the 30 hours free childcare offer for working parents.

Alongside this, Nicky Morgan has confirmed at the Second Reading of the Childcare Bill that parents will be able to apply for both TFC and the 30 hours via a joint online application being developed by HMRC, something that ISC has been pressing the Government to do to ensure simplicity. The joint childcare application will be available to support the introduction of TFC from early 2017, and the 30 hours free childcare offer from September 2017.

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.