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Update of childcare provider contact details

Published: Monday, 06th January 2014

For the attention of all Childcare providers

Introduction to the Family Support and Early Intervention Division

Published: Thursday, 03rd October 2013

Induction sessions for practitioners

Practitioners are invited to meet with members of the Family Support and Early Intervention (FS&EI) Team to hear about who we are; the work we do around early intervention and early help for children and families and how we can work in partnership to deliver a range of services to support families.

Early Education Capital Grant funding

Published: Thursday, 01st August 2013

Early Education Capital Grant funding is now available for childcare providers within Barnet that offer early education and childcare .

Early intervention and prevention services

Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2013

Acting now, before problems occur or get worse, will help strengthen families, build confidence and skills and enable children and young people to achieve their full potential.

News update - 21 June 2013

Published: Friday, 21st June 2013

Below are a range of recent reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

Nursery ratio changes being scrapped, Nick Clegg says

Published: Tuesday, 11th June 2013

The BBC has reported that plans to allow nurseries and childminders in England to look after more children are being dropped, Nick Clegg has said.

News update - 28 May 2013

Published: Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Below are a range of recent news/reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

News update - 15 May 2013

Published: Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Below are a range of recent reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

New update

Published: Friday, 10th May 2013

Below are recent containing relevant and up-to-date news, research, reports and consultations

Childminder grant from early May

Published: Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

A new grant scheme is being developed by the Government equalities office for new childminders.

News Update- 12 April 2013

Published: Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Below are a range of recent news items, consultation updates and information about new guidance which will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.

Consultation on proposal changes to the role of the local authority in early education and childcare

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The Government values local authorities’ important role as ‘champions’ of disadvantaged children and their families. We want local authorities to focus on ensuring that all two, three and four-year olds, particularly the most disadvantaged, take up their entitlement to funded high-quality early education.

Capital funding for new school places

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The National Audit Office says that one in five primary schools in England is full or near capacity and there are signs of “real strain” on places. The quick rise in England ’s birth rate has played a role in driving demand. The NAO advises that a quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by autumn 2014.

Teachers to strike

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The NUT and the NASUWT has announced that teachers will stage a series of strikes in protest at changes to their pay, pensions and workload. The strikes will begin in North West England on 27 June, followed by walkouts in the autumn, region by region and a national one-day strike before Christmas.

Commission to examine youth work & school partnerships

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Youth work’s educational role is to be assessed by an independent commission formed by the National Youth Agency (NYA). The group of youth work and education leaders will investigate how schools can work more closely with youth work organisations to improve young people’s social and personal development.

Lord Chief Justice calls for research into effects on children of giving evidence in abuse cases

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

The most senior criminal judge in England and Wales has said that research should be carried out into the long-term effects on those who give evidence about sexual abuse when they are a child; as such evidence would help improve the way in which young victims are treated by the justice system.

Police change approach to missing children’s cases

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Senior police have revealed a new approach to investigating cases of missing people in light of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation case. This new approach aims to target investigations, in future the definition of missing people will be changes to ‘absent’ OR ‘missing’ after a risk assessment has been carried out by the police call handlers.

Primary school sport funding

Published: Monday, 08th April 2013

The Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport are jointly providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to improve the quality of sport and PE for children.

Stories Together

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Supporting dialogic book talk in the EYFS

Government proposals to reform vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposals to reform vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds.

New Young Offender Assessment – AssetPlus

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013



AssetPlus will be available to YOTs in April next year and youth prisons from January 2015. Assessment will be more needs based, taking into account factors such as communication needs and learning difficulties.

Children with strong maths skills at age 10 earn significantly more in their 30s

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

New research finding show that children with strong maths skills at age 10 earn significantly more in their 30s. The report uses data from the British Cohort study – a large group of individuals born in April 1970 – to look at the link between reading and maths scores at age 10 and earning at age 30, 34 and 38.

School Capacity: academic year 2012 to 2012

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

The statistics provided are based on information collected from local authorities as part of the school capacity 2011/12 collection. It also includes information on the number of places in academies.

NEET statistic: quarterly brief – quarter 4, 2012

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

This brief sets out the latest statistics available on young people who are NEET in England from the Department for Educations 16-18 participation statistical first release, the Labour Force survey (LFS) and regional NEET figures.

A Call to End Violence against Women & Girls

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

This action plan is the Government’s vision and ambition to tackle the blight of domestic and sexual violence. Recognising that tackling violence against women and girls requires a sustained, robust and dynamic cross Government approach.

Public views on Child Poverty: Results of the second poll undertaken as part of the measuring Child Poverty Consultation

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

A consultation had been undertaken to identify better measures of child poverty with the aim of developing new measure of child poverty that would provide a broader understanding of the real experience of child poverty in the UK .

The Child Protection system in England: Responses from the Government and Ofsted

Published: Friday, 15th March 2013

This report is a compilation of responses from the Government & Ofsted to the committee’s fourth Report of Session; highlighting recent developments and identifying areas for the Government and local agencies to consider.

The Early Education Pilot for two year old children: Age five follow-up

Published: Friday, 15th March 2013

Key findings of this pilot show that children who attended the early years education pilot when they were age two, showed no evidence of better outcome at age five as measured by the Early Years Foundation Stage profile, than those who did not attend the pilot.

Specialist Met unit in London to tackle gang-led child sex abuse

Published: Friday, 15th March 2013

The Metropolitan police are setting up a specialist unit to counter child sex abuse in London similar to that in Rochdale, in response to a shocking report revealing the scale of incidents involving gangs across Britain .

Annual Youth Justice Convention 2013

Published: Friday, 15th March 2013

This year’s annual Youth Justice Convention will be held in Birmingham at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November 2013.

Monitoring visits guidance for local authorities

Published: Monday, 04th March 2013

This Standards & Testing Agency guidance explains how local authorities should carry out monitoring visits to schools administering Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests.

Good practice resource – Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Published: Monday, 04th March 2013

‘Lessons from history and current practice tell us that the only effective way of identifying and supporting victims and prosecuting offenders is to do so in partnership’. Nick McPartlan, Team Manager, Engage Team

Participation in education, training and employment by 16 to 18 year-olds in England, end 2011

Published: Monday, 04th March 2013

This DfE statistical release draws together information from the different post-16 learning options (school, FE colleges, work-based learning, higher education, etc.) to give a coherent and comprehensive picture of the participation of 16- to 18-year-olds.

Conception Statistics

Published: Monday, 04th March 2013

The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales fell sharply in 2011 and is now at its lowest level since 1969.

Measuring up: the medical profession’s prescription to the nation’s obesity crisis

Published: Monday, 04th March 2013

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is demanding a 20 per cent increase in the cost of sugary drinks, fewer fast food outlets near schools and a ban on unhealthy food in hospitals to prevent the country’s spiralling obesity crisis.