• Early Years Pupil Premium

    Early Years Pupil Premium is available for Children in Care if they: are looked after by a Local Authority in England or Wales and are placed in foster care or have left care in England or Wales through: a Special Guardianship Order, a Child Arrangements Order or an Adoption Order.

  • Government updates

    Updates include: ‘Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings’; ‘Survey of childcare and early years providers and coronavirus (COVID-19): wave 3’; ‘Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’; ‘Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests’; and ‘Check early years qualifications’.

  • Update on testing and shielding

    Guidance from the Department for Education includes information on testing for early years providers, including childminders, and the end of shielding for clinically vulnerable people.

  • Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

    The Government have increased incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

  • Early years qualifications – clarification on ‘knowledge only’ pathway

    To enable progression for learners who are unable to access a work placement due to the current restrictions, NCFE CACHE worked together with Ofqual, Department for Education (DfE), Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and UCAS to agree how learners can progress through a ‘knowledge only’ version of EYE or EYP qualifications.

  • Cyber security awareness in early years

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have published guidance for early years settings on how to protect settings from accidental damage and online criminals.