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Ofsted annual report issues early years capacity warning

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The number of early years places is not increasing in line with the growth in the child population, Ofsted has warned in this year's annual report.
 
The report highlights that while there are now more than 240,000...Read more

Ofsted clarifies ‘nominated individual’ requirements

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Early years providers can appoint someone who is not a member of their governing body to act as their nominated individual under certain circumstances, Ofsted has confirmed.
 
Nominated individuals, who act as primary...Read more

National living and minimum wages to rise next year

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The 'national living wage' (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) are both set to rise next year, the government confirmed at last week's autumn statement.
 
The NLW, which currently stands at £7.20 an hour, will...Read more

Autumn Statement makes no mention of additional support for early years

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Today’s Autumn Statement from Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond made no mention of additional support for the early years sector.
 
While the Chancellor’s speech covered a variety of areas – including...Read more

Labour MP proposes early years inquiry

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Labour MP Helen Jones called for an early years inquiry at a parliamentary debate on free childcare on Monday.
 
The debate was prompted by a government e-petition calling for ‘free childcare when both parents are...Read more

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