News writes to Minister for Children and Families

9th September 2021 have written to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families in England, Vicky Ford, in relation to comments she made in an exchange in the House of Commons with shadow children and early years minister Tulip Siddiq regarding a decline in the number of childcare providers since the start of 2001. We have received a number of concerns from our registered childminder community that the comments are dismissive and disrespectful, appearing to imply that childminders are less important than nursery settings.   … read more

Ofsted answer your questions about the revised EYFS 2021

29th July 2021

Your questions on the revised EYFS from September 2021 answered by Ofsted HMI's In this exclusive video interview, Sarah Neville puts members' questions to senior Ofsted inspectors. … read more

UK's largest childcare platform allows parents to search for Covid-19 vaccinated childcare providers

9th June 2021, the UK's largest childcare platform with more than 2.5 million members, now allows parents to search for childcare providers and tutors who have received a Covid-19 vaccine. … read more

Exclusive Video Discussion (part 2) with Dr Julian Grenier - Lead Writer of Development Matters - Our members' questions answered ...

14th May 2021

Your questions on Development Matters answered by Dr Julian Grenier Our previous video presentation with Julian Grenier, lead writer for the Development Matters 2020 guidance, and Sarah Neville, a three-times Ofsted Outstanding rated registered childminder, has been watched by thousands of early years providers and led to our members asking even more questions about the changes. … read more

Exclusive video interview with Nancy Stewart - Project Lead Birth to 5 Matters

12th April 2021

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2021), the new statutory framework to be used from September 2021, introduces a new way of delivering the learning and development requirements for all early years providers in England. … read more

Changes to the EYFS 2021 Q&A

5th April 2021

Is there a new EYFS? Yes, after a lengthy consultation, the final version of the EYFS 2021 was published by the Department for Education at the end of March. Read EYFS 2021   … read more

We're saying a big THANK YOU to key workers by giving away 50 restaurant meals including a babysitter to take care of the kids

25th March 2021

It's time to say thank you to key workers for all their help during the pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before. … read more

Childminders in England can now order rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests for home delivery

19th March 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care have updated their guidance in relation to the list of people who are eligible to access regular rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests to now include 'anyone who works in an occupation related to a childcare provider, school, nursery or college, and their household, childcare and support bubbles'. … read more

Early years workers and teachers will not get vaccine priority

26th February 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have announced that vaccine priority based upon jobs would be "more complex" and could slow down the vaccination programme down. … read more

Parents, Childcare & Covid-19 FAQ

23rd February 2021

At we are doing everything we can to help and support parents during the Covid-19 pandemic. … read more