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Early Years Foundation Stage Non-Statutory Guidance

December 17, 2020

You will be aware that a reformed Development Matters guidance has been written to help guide children’s experiences in the early years. A coalition of early years sector bodies has …

*Register your place now* Business Map – A national webinar for early years and childcare providers, childminders and schools

December 14, 2020

DfE has funded Hempsall’s to deliver a new national webinar for all types of early years and childcare provider. You can book your FREE place(s) today. Managing an early years …

Free virtual workshop – Working with parents/carers of children with SEND in Solihull

December 2, 2020

DO YOU WORK WITH FA M I L I E S OF YOUNG SEND CHILDREN IN SOLIHULL? This workshop, on Thursday 21 January 2021 from 10:00am to 12:30pm, will provide …

DfE Christmas opening

December 2, 2020

Department for Education Christmas opening

Ofsted latest news – changes to inspection and notifying Ofsted of Covid cases

November 16, 2020

Ofsted announces new early years inspection arrangements A new approach to inspecting early years providers will give good and outstanding providers more consistency while prioritising providers rated less than good.  …

COVID-19 series: briefing on early years and schools interviews carried out in October 2020

November 10, 2020

Evidence from research interviews with 208 registered early years providers and maintained nursery schools between 5 and 16 October. COVID-19 series: briefing on early years, October 2020 COVID-19 series: briefing …

Urgent Covid-19 update: people arriving in the UK from Denmark

November 10, 2020

The government has responded urgently [link] to the latest developments in Denmark reporting widespread Covid-19 outbreaks in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus. The concern is that …

Update of frequently asked questions from the Early Years team and Foundation Years

November 5, 2020

We have updated the frequently asked questions with the latest news relating to the current lockdown.  Please check regularly as we will be updating them as further information becomes available. …


October 28, 2020

The West Midlands Ofsted Big Conversation has gone virtual. Join the chat with Ofsted and hear Mine Conkbayir talk on self-regulation on Tuesday, 3 November 2020 from 18:30 to 20:30 …

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice

October 26, 2020

Safeguarding guidance for providers of activities, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings. Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice