14/12/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 14/12/20.

Open consultation: Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions 2021 – Department for Education

10 December 2020. Views sought on proposed changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ with a view to making changes for September 2021:

Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions 2021

Article: Out-of-school sector threatened with collapse – Nursery World

9 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  A ‘worryingly high’ proportion of out-of-school providers are operating at a loss – and more than half of them expect to be closed within a year, a survey by the Out of School Alliance (OOSA) reveals:

Out-of-school sector threatened with collapse

Article: Scotland to offer free childcare for children who defer school – Nursery World

10 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  Funded childcare will be provided for all parents who delay their children’s start to primary school, the Scottish Government has announced:

Scotland to offer free childcare for children who defer school

Call for Evidence: National plan for sport and recreation – Parliament UK

The House of Lords Select Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation has published its call for evidence:


News: Vulnerable teen given tent to live in, watchdog report finds – BBC News Online

10 December 2020, Hannah Richardson.  A teenager given a tent to live in, and a child denied the chance to say “goodbye” to his dying mother feature in a report revealing heart-breaking decisions about children in care:


Research and analysis: ‘Feeling heard’: partner agencies working together to make a difference for children with mental ill health – Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and Care Quality Commission

9 December 2020.  A summary of findings from our joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) of how multi-agency partnerships identify and respond to children with mental ill health:

‘Feeling heard’: partner agencies working together to make a difference for children with mental ill health

Press release: Joint working improving children’s access to mental health services – Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and HM Inspectorate of Probation

9 December 2020.  A new joint report shows that more children with mental health needs are getting the right support at the right time:

Joint working improving children’s access to mental health services

News: Covid-driven recession likely to push 2m UK families into poverty – Guardian Online

9 December 2020, Patrick Butler.  Joseph Rowntree Foundation study finds destitution was already rising pre-pandemic:


News: Encrypted messaging puts children at risk, commissioner warns – BBC News Online

8 December 2020. Encryption of online messages could make it harder to police child abuse and grooming online, the children’s commissioner for England has warned:


Article: Extra £44m funding will cover living wage rise, minister says in early years debate – Nursery World

7 December 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  Funding increases for nurseries will cover national living wage increases next year, children and families minister Vicky Ford told MPs in a debate on the future of nurseries and early years last week:


Guide: Safeguarding – Nursery World

December 2020.  What are the current challenges in social care, and how does this impact on the early years practitioner? What about recent reforms? Safeguarding expert Rachel Buckler provides this guide to safeguarding in the current climate:


Short Debate in the House of Lords: Children: Online Grooming on 2nd December – They Work For You

2 December 2020, Baroness Benjamin. “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect children online who have been groomed into filming their own abuse”:


Official Statistics: Obesity Profile: December 2020 update – Public Health England

1 December 2020. Obesity Profile online data tool: update with new data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for academic year 2019 to 2020:

Obesity Profile: December 2020 update

News:  Vulnerable children in lockdown ‘national concern’ – BBC News Online

1 December 2020, Sean Coughlan.  The “invisibility of vulnerable children” during the pandemic should be a “matter of national concern,” says England’s chief inspector of schools:


News:  Ofsted points to total school disruption in some areas – BBC News Online

1 December 2020, Hannah Richardson.  Education has been “completely disrupted” by the sheer scale of Covid absences in some schools in some areas, Ofsted regional bosses have warned:


Article: Exclusion of early years settings from new Covid fund a ‘slap in the face’ – Nursery World

30 November 2020, Katy Morton.  The sector has accused the Government of disrespecting early years providers by excluding them from new Covid workforce funding:


Research Briefing: The future of nurseries and early years settings – House of Commons Library

30 November 2020.  House of Commons Library Research Briefing. A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘The future of nurseries and early years settings’ has been scheduled for Thursday 3 December 2020 from 3.00-4.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Steve Brine MP, Theresa Villiers MP and Jack Dromey MP:

The future of nurseries and early years settings

Article: Children have been let down by a shameful lack of support from this government – Politics Home

30 November 2020, Daisy Cooper MP. The Chancellor’s decision to ignore children’s needs in the Spending Review is unforgiveable. Those from poorer households have borne the brunt of the government’s failings:


News: SNP pledges free school meals for ALL primary pupils in Scotland if reelected – Daily Record

28 November 2020, Chris McCall.  SNP pledges free school meals for ALL primary pupils in Scotland if re-elected:


News: Kate Middleton says care for under-5s is key to ‘the society we will become’ as she reveals early years survey – I News:

27 November 2020, Will Hazel. The Duchess of Cambridge will say that ‘homelessness, addiction, and poor mental health are often grounded in a difficult childhood’:


Research Briefing: The Troubled Families programme (England) – House of Commons Library

27 November 2020. The Troubled Families Programme (TFP) is a programme in England administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The programme conducts targeted interventions for families experiencing multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. This briefing examines the TFP since 2012, details MHCLG evaluations of the programme, and describes recent commentary and potential future directions for the programme:

The Troubled Families programme (England)

Research Briefing: Early Years Funding – House of Commons Library

27 November 2020.  This House of Commons Library Briefing provides a short overview of early years funding in England since the introduction of the new national early years funding formula from 2017-18:

Early years funding (England)

Impact assessment: Soft Drinks Industry Levy – HMRC

26 November 2020.  This is HM Revenue and Customs’ initial equality impact assessment of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy:

Soft Drinks Industry Levy

News: Coronavirus: Teacher stress levels ‘rocketing’ – TES Online

26 November 2020, Dave Speck.  From maintaining ‘bubble groups’ to dealing with learning loss, research identifies new sources of stress for teachers:


Coronavirus: Call for examples of how children’s play has changed during the pandemic – Nursery World – Article

26 November 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  Practitioners observing children’s play during the pandemic have a unique chance to contribute to an archive that will inform future generations about how children’s play experiences changed during the Covid-19 outbreak:


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