Primary headteachers condemn the negative effect of SATs on pupils’ wellbeing

Over 80% of headteachers agree that SATs have a negative effect on pupils’ wellbeing, new research by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) reveals. A survey of 288 primary school headteachers and 20 in-depth...

Future early years minimum wage rise ‘unsustainable’

The early years sector has warned it cannot afford another minimum wage increase – unless the government plugs a claimed £662m funding shortfall. The Early Years Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch said...

Childcare might become ‘available only in rich areas’

Childcare in England risks becoming the preserve of the wealthy, unless a £660m funding gap in a free childcare scheme is plugged, MPs are warning. Severe financial strain has been placed on private and...

Category - Early Years

Level 3 qualified nursery workers down by a third

The number of nursery workers qualified to Level 3 has hit crisis point after dropping 37 per cent in the last four years, according to a new report by the National Day Nurseries Association. The latest early years workforce survey carried out by...

Fifth of nurseries in deprived areas face closure

Nearly one in five nurseries in deprived areas of England are facing closure within the next 12 months due to the early years funding shortfall. Independent research agency Ceeda found that 17 per cent of childcare providers in the most deprived...

Early help

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published an early help resource pack to help councillors in England better understand their own local offer. The pack, featuring contributions from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), gives an...