University of Reading 1st November 2019
‘Professionals working with young children: or just anybody?’
A group of academics, practitioners, professionals and employers from the early childhood sector met to discuss the growing crisis in the early childhood workforce.
A joint social media campaign began on 8th November entitled #'One voice for childhood'
New research and reports available to read here
Here is the link to the latest blog post written by Prof. Helen Bilton "Professionals working with young children: or just anybody?"
Consider contributing to this post here
EYFS Consultation Launch - have your say?
The Department for Education has today launched a public consultation seeking views on changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The goal of the reforms is to improve outcomes for all children and reduce workload. The EYFS consultation is now live here and will run until January 2020.
The summary of the EYFS coalition consultation is here.
The consultation includes proposed changes to the educational programmes, the early learning goals and the EYFS profile assessment. It also seeks views on one change to the safeguarding and welfare section of the framework to promote good oral health.
Also, please see the Maths ELG proposals from ELG https://bsrlm.org.uk/the-case-for-space-in-the-early-years/
Findings from the pilot of the draft revised EYFS framework led by the Education Endowment Foundation, in partnership with NatCen Social Research and Action for Children have also been published today.
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Do you work with children and young people with toileting difficulties, who also have special educational needs and disability?
We want to hear from you!
We are conducting an online survey with school and social care staff about toileting for children and young people with special educational needs and disability. The NHS wants to improve toileting services for children and young people up to the age of 25 years. We need to hear your experiences of trying ways to improve toileting and how toileting is managed. The results of the survey will help inform health and care services for children in the future. To take part in the survey visit: http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/iconstudy/taking-part/
Hub and Spoke Expressions of Interest
The Froebel Trust is calling for expressions of interest for its Hub and Spoke programme, https://www.froebel.org.uk/about-us/hub-and-spoke-programme/
A 'Hub' is potentially a partnership between an ECE setting and researchers, although this need not necessarily be the case and applicants can decide how to constitute their proposed Hub, which should do things like explore, interrogate, exemplify and disseminate Froebelian approaches to ECEC. The criteria and objectives are detailed on the website. A fascinating project?
'Getting it right in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a review of the evidence'. Exciting launch of the report from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood authors Chris Pascal, Tony Bertram, Liz Rouse. Getting it right means looking at the evidence, a sector-led response to the proposed changes to the EYFS.
TACTYC Executive Members have been highlighting relevant issues in Nursery World!
Read the latest from our President Wendy Scott 'Time to look and listen Minister'. Wendy asks Nick Gibb, minister now in charge of early years, to pay attention to the evidence on effective practice in the latest opinion piece https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/opinion/1168766/time-to-look-and-listen-minister
Helen Moylett and Nancy Stewart call for sector-wide collaboration ahead of the review of Development Matters 'Its's time to talk!'
TACTYC are also involved in the EYFS Launch Proposed EYFS changes ‘not supported by evidence’ https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1168714/proposed-eyfs-changes-not-supported-by-evidence
TACTYC supports Fair Future Funding Action Week 10th June 2019
TACTYC strongly supports the ‘Fair Future Funding’ campaign. High quality early childhood education and care is vital for our children and families. But it needs to be properly funded for all if it is to be accessible and sustainable.
‘Enough is enough’
Childcare funding rates were set and frozen in 2015 – this means they don’t take into account the subsequent increases to business hikes, minimum wage rises or any other cost increases since then. This has forced providers to put up parent fees and, in some cases, close.
The early years plays a vital role in our communities helping children reach their full potential and enabling parents to get back into work - but the sector is struggling to stay sustainable due to government under funding.
This summer we have a chance to change that.
The Government’s ‘Comprehensive Spending Review’ – where the government sets out its spending priorities – is taking place in the coming months. It’s an opportunity for providers and parents to warn MPs about what will happen to childcare provision in their constituencies unless the government takes action on under funding.
Join in the Early Years Alliance action week from 10 June: write to your MP, invite them to your setting and make sure everyone knows the effects of the childcare funding crisis.
Providers (and parents) can sign-up to take part using this link: www.eyalliance.org.uk/fairfuturefunding