Welcome to the September edition of the Foundations Newsletter
Here at the Foundation Years Team we hope you had a summer that was good for you. It was a bit of a full on summer for us, as 4Children closed and our work transferred to Action for Children. We are pleased with our new “home” with Action for Children and it is very much business as usual. Please note our new email addresses as listed below.

The first 2 weeks of September saw us out on the road delivering the LED events which were hugely successful and we thank for your support. The presentations from these events can be accessed here.

Autumn looks like being a very busy season for us in early years and as always we will keep you fully updated with developments.

You can keep in touch through our new email address, and follow our twitter account  and facebook page for all the latest early years news.

With our thanks for all the support and good wishes
The Foundation Years Team
Updates from the Government
Updates from the Sector
Latest Resources

Updates from the Government

Early Years Funding Consultation
The DfE is consulting on proposals to change the way it funds free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:
  • introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3- and 4-year-olds
  • changing the way local authorities fund the early years providers in their area
  • making sure that children with special educational needs or disabilities attract the extra funding they need
The consultation will close on Thursday, 22nd September.

Confused about changes to early years funding? PSLA
The Pre-school Learning Alliance have produced a free guide to help you understand how proposed changes to early years funding are likely to affect you next year. You can order a hard copy of the guide, or access a free PDF download, from
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile retained for 2016/17
We would like to draw your attention to an email from the Standards and Testing Agency, which was sent in August to operational leads in schools and local authorities about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile in 2016/17. The email reads as follows:

The early years foundation stage profile will remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

The early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) was due to become non-statutory from September 2016. Having carefully looked at the particular issues regarding the EYFSP and also in the context of the overall changes to primary assessment, the EYFSP will now remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

This is to provide continuity and stability for schools, pupils and parents and avoid unnecessary change whilst we take the time to review options for assessment in the reception year beyond 2016 to 2017.

In the meantime, schools must continue to complete the EYFSP for their reception-year pupils in the summer term, by 30 June 2017 and report the results to local authorities.

We recognise that this clarification comes during the summer break but we wanted to confirm as soon as possible the position for local authorities, schools and others ready for the start of the new term.”
Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years
Ofsted has issued guidance for inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework. The handbook sets out what inspectors must consider when inspecting safeguarding. It outlines the evidence that inspectors will look for during inspections. It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.
Physical Activity in Under 5s Infographic
The Department of Health has published an infographic promoting physical activity in under 5s:
  • Only one in 10 children aged 2-4 are active for 3 hours or more daily.
  • This is a new infographic based on existing CMO guidelines. It will help early years practitioners, health visitors, and doctors to talk with parents about the importance of young children being active. It can also be used as a training resource.
  • The infographic is designed to explain the UK Chief Medical Officers recommendation that children aged under 5 should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes, spread through the day. Every movement counts and includes crawling, walking, jumping, object and messy play.
  • It highlights the benefits being active and the range of activity to achieve this recommendation. Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight, improve concentration, health and fitness, improves sleep and builds social skills and confidence

Updates from the Sector

Action for Children
LED Events Presentations September 2016
During September 2016, we ran our free Learn Explore Debate events which we run as the Department for Education’s Early Years and Childcare’s strategic partner. The LED events covered the 30 hours entitlement, early years funding consultation, early years workforce strategy, and Ofsted updates. The presentations from these events can be accessed here.

Latest Resources

LED Presentation

Guide to early years funding



Action for Children
Childminder Agencies

We are pleased to host an information session about childminder agencies, including how to set one up, on the 21st of September in central London.

Childminder agencies were implemented in 2014 as a way to improve childcare for Britain’s families. Childminder agencies are organisations that register childminders and provide them with training, advice, administrative support and marketing to families. Any organisation that is committed to providing parents and children with a high quality childcare experience can apply to be registered by Ofsted as a childminder agency.

Who should attend? Anyone interested in providing high quality, flexible childcare. Current childminder agencies consist of nurseries, childminders, local authorities and schools.

Aim of the session:

  • Offer support to those considering setting up as an agency, either now or in the future
  • Share experiences and best practices of existing childminder agencies
  • Access to the most up-to-date information on childminder agencies
  • Networking with like-minded people

Session details: Date: Wednesday 21 September Location: CCT Venues Barbican, 135-137 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4JA Time: 10am to 3pm*  *Please note lunch will not be served. Lunch can be purchased in the vicinity of the venue. Space is limited, so please email to book a place.


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