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Schools minister takes charge of early years policy

By Joe Lepper |

12 September 2019

Schools minister Nick Gibb has taken charge of early years policy as part of the reshuffle of ministerial responsibilities at the Department for Education.

The government and Ofsted are looking to reduce paperwork for early years practitioners as a survey reveals many feel overburdened by excessive administration.

An additional £66m in government childcare funding has been branded "unacceptable and tokenistic" by early years leaders.

The government is claiming that controversial testing of reception-age children can help improve their attainment at the age of seven, despite widespread concerns about the validity of the assessments.

DfE names temporary children's minister

By Joe Lepper |

05 September 2019

Former education select committee member Michelle Donelan has been appointed as children and families minister, taking over from Kemi Badenoch while she is on maternity leave.

YMCA fundraises for £2m community hub

By Joanne Parkes |

29 August 2019

Plans for a £2m family-focused community hub have been revealed by YMCA Norfolk.

Warning over widening early years attainment gap

By Dan Parton |

28 August 2019

The government must "adequately" fund early years education because there are signs the inequality gap for early years education is beginning to widen again, sector representatives claim.

A multi-billion pound government funding boost for education could include £800m for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), according to leaked documents.

The CYP Now Awards highlight the very best practice in work with children, young people and families.

The government is to undertake a one-year spending round for public services in 2020-21, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced.