General information for childcare providers

Report on the experiences of the early years pupil premium as part of the study of early education and development (SEED)

The DfE has published the outcome to the consultation on the 30 hour free childcare entitlement which includes the government’s response outlining the next steps

Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills – updated August 2016

Ofsted Early Years Video Clips: Lee Owston, Ofsted's National lead for Early Years, including topics on:

  • what teaching and play means in an early years setting
  • teaching learning and assessment
  • Ofsted having no preferred style of teaching
  • disadvantaged children and the Pupil Premium
  • working to influence and make a difference in the early years sector

Tax-Free Childcare is a new government initiative which is due to be slowly rolled out from early 2017, and will replace the existing Childcare Voucher Scheme in April 2018.

The government intends to proceed to include that from 1 September 2016 it will be a requirement in the EYFS for all newly qualified early years Level 2 and 3 staff to hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate in order to be included in the required ratios. Full details can be found in the Paediatric First Aid consultation outcome.

Prevent Duty and British Values

From 1 July 2015 all schools and registered early years and childcare providers became subject to section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 – also known as the ‘ Prevent Duty’. This means that they must have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

Ofsted’s new ‘Common Inspection Framework’ which comes into effect on 1 September 2015 requires that providers ‘actively promote British Values’.

The Foundation Years website has produced a factsheet called ‘ Fundamental British Values in the Early Years’ – providing guidance on what ‘British Values’ means in an early years setting.

Advice on the new Food Information Regulations

The EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation came into force in December 2014

A guidance booklet ‘allergen information for loose foods’ has been provided by the Food Standards Agency. They have produced a useful ‘dishes and their allergen content’ template.


Contact us

The Early Years and Childcare Team operate a helpline for all childcare providers in Cheshire East. This is available on :

  • Monday 1.30pm to 5.00pm
  • 01625 374162

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