01/11/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 01/11/21.

Article: DfE to reform Level 3 early years qualifications – Nursery World

29 October 2021, Katy Morton. The Department for Education is to review and reform level 3 early years qualifications as part of its measures to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young children:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/dfe-to-reform-level-3-early-years-qualifications

News: Forest schools flourish as youngsters log off and learn from nature – Guardian Online

31 October 2021, Miranda Bryant. After months of home schooling, more and more children are ditching their tech and heading outdoors:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/oct/31/forest-schools-flourish-as-youngsters-log-off-and-learn-from-nature

Commons Debate: Childcare Bill – Parallel Parliament

29 October 2021.  Short debate on the Private Members Childcare Bill which seeks to ‘enable provision to be made for appeals relating to free childcare for young children of working parents to be settled by agreement; to make further provision designed to increase efficiency in the administration of free childcare schemes; to make provision about the promotion of the availability of free childcare, including to disadvantaged groups; and for connected purposes’:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-10-29/debates/021FA922-67FC-409A-813B-4269C3BEAF92/ChildcareBill

Research briefing: Provision of school-based counselling services – House of Commons Library

29 October 2021.  Backbench Business Committee debate, 9 November 2021: School-based counselling services:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2021-0178/

Research and analysis: How early years multiple providers work – Ofsted

28 October 2021. A report on early years multiple providers and how they influence policy and practice across individual nurseries and pre-schools:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-early-years-multiple-providers-work

Article: Spending Review: Sunak’s Pledges For Children, Young People And Families – Children & Young People Now

27 October 2021, Fiona Simpson. A £300m investment in Andrea Leadsom’s proposed Start for Life offer and a £560m boost for youth services have been announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR):

Link: https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/spending-review-sunak-s-pledges-for-children-young-people-and-families

News: Budget fails to deliver for young people struggling with their mental health – Children & Young People’s Coalition

27 October 2021, Kadra Abdinasir, Strategic Lead. Budget fails to deliver for young people struggling with their mental health, says The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition:

Link: https://cypmhc.org.uk/budget-fails-to-deliver-for-young-people-struggling-with-their-mental-health-says-the-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-coalition/

Article: Autumn Budget 2021: Early years sector gives cautious welcome to funding increase – Nursery World

27 October 2021, Catherine Gaunt. While Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £170m for early years funding by 2024-25 in his Budget speech today, Nursery World now understands that there will be additional funding in 2022-23 and 2023-24 that was not initially set out:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/autumn-budget-2021-early-years-sector-gives-cautious-welcome-to-funding-increase

National Statistics: Characteristics of children in need: 2020 to 2021 – Department for Education

28 October 2021.  Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services for the year ending 31 March 2021:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/characteristics-of-children-in-need-2020-to-2021

Article: Spending Review Autumn 2021: Chancellor urged to invest in babies and children – Nursery World

21 October 2021, Katy Morton. A coalition of children’s sector organisations is calling on the Chancellor to use his Spending Review, next week, to provide ‘much-needed’ cross-Government investment in babies, children and young people:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/spending-review-autumn-2021-chancellor-urged-to-invest-in-babies-and-children

Article: ‘National living wage’ rise from April will lead to ‘fear and worry’ for nurseries – Nursery World

25 October 2021, Catherine Gaunt. Early years organisations have warned that the rise to the ‘national living wage’ threatens to make the situation worse for early years and childcare providers, after ministers accepted the recommendation of a 6.6 per cent increase from the Low Pay Commission:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/national-living-wage-rise-from-april-will-lead-to-fear-and-worry-for-nurseries

News: How Finland’s Public Childcare System Puts Britain to Shame – Tribune Magazine

24 October 2021, Tatu Ahponen.  In Finland, 70% of pre-school children attend a full day care service. It is public, subsidised and free for families with lower incomes – showing that Britain’s expensive childcare mess is a political choice:

Link: https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/10/how-finlands-public-childcare-system-puts-britain-to-shame

Article: Spending Review 2021: £500m earmarked for children and families – Nursery World

25 October 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  Ahead of this week’s budget and spending review, the chancellor has announced £500m for families and early years support – however there is no sign of any increase in funding for the 15 and 30 hour entitlements:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/spending-review-2021-500m-earmarked-for-children-and-families

Article: Health and wellbeing study urges ministers to invest more in the early years workforce – Nursery World

22 October 2021, Katy Morton.  A new report calls on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to creating a first-class early years workforce by releasing a ‘comprehensive strategy’ to raise the entry qualification level and publishing pay scales:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/health-and-wellbeing-study-urges-ministers-to-invest-more-in-the-early-years-workforce

Research and analysis: Children’s social care market study interim report – Competition and Markets Authority

22 October 2021.  The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its interim report into its market study into children’s social care provision:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childrens-social-care-market-study-interim-report

Policy paper: Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds: response to the select committee report – Department for Education

21 October 2021. The government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s first report of session 2021 to 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/left-behind-white-pupils-from-disadvantaged-backgrounds-response-to-the-select-committee-report

Article: Nursery schools petition Chancellor ahead of spending review – Nursery World

21 October 2021, Catherine Gaunt. More than 150 nursery school campaigners, MPs and parents have marched to Downing Street to deliver a petition to the Chancellor calling for urgent action over nursery school funding:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nursery-schools-petition-chancellor-ahead-of-spending-review

News: Clean out online cesspit now, Keir Starmer tells Boris Johnson – BBC News Online

20 October 2021.  The Labour leader offered to work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to fast track new online safety laws:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58980384

News: £78bn wage hit from pandemic lost learning – study – BBC News Online

21 October 2021, Hannah Richardson.  Education recovery funding needs to quadruple to at least £13bn to prevent learning lost due to the pandemic from doing lasting damage, a report says:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58968039

Article: ‘Dysfunctional’ childcare system in urgent need of reform – report – Nursery World

20 October 2021, Catherine Gaunt. A radical rethink of the way the early years system works is needed, according to a new report from the Nuffield Foundation:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/dysfunctional-childcare-system-in-urgent-need-of-reform-report

News: Netflix Squid Game schools warning sent to parents – BBC News Online

18 October 2021.  A council has written to parents and guardians of school children warning of the dangers of “replicating games from the Squid Game programme”:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58958698

Article: Recorded child abuse crimes soar by three quarters in four years – Willis Palmer

October 2021. Politicians are set to scrutinise the draft Online Safety Bill, designed to protect children online, the NSPCC says that the bill falls significantly short of tackling this issue:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/recorded-child-abuse-crimes-soar-by-three-quarters-in-four-years/

Article: Early intervention mental health hubs needed to tackle rise in young people with mental ill health – Willis Palmer

October 2021. Mental health practitioners and health and wellbeing practitioners would be available at the centres, which currently exist in some places. Young people can also access various other services which support young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing including youth services, sexual health and drug and alcohol support before they hit crisis point:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/early-intervention-mental-health-hubs-needed-to-tackle-rise-in-young-people-with-mental-ill-health/

News: Make school-based counselling available to all children to tackle rising child mental health issues – Local Government Association

15 October 2021.  School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges:

Link: https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/lga-make-school-based-counselling-available-all-children-tackle-rising-child-mental

News: Budget 2021: Ministers pledge £500m to support young families – Guardian Online

15 October 2021. Ministers are to fund a network of “family hubs” in England as part of a £500m package to support parents and children:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59018031

Report: Suicide in Children and Young People – National Child Mortality Database

14 October 2021.  This report draws on data from the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) to identify the common characteristics of children and young people who die by suicide, investigate factors associated with these deaths and pull out recommendations for service providers and policymakers:

Link: https://www.ncmd.info/2021/10/14/child-suicide-report/

Article: Five-year University of Oxford study will look at how to improve the lives of children and families – Nursery World

14 October 2021. A project to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged children and families by better understanding their needs and experiences has been awarded £2.8 million by the Nuffield Foundation:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/five-year-oxford-university-study-will-look-at-how-to-improve-the-lives-of-children-and-families

News: Life expectancy falling in parts of England before pandemic – study – BBC News Online

13 October 2021.  Differences across England have now become stark, say researchers – such as a 27-year gap in life expectancy for a man living in Kensington and Chelsea, compared with Blackpool:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58893328

Report: Evaluation of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme – The Food Foundation

8 October 2021. This year, the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme was expanded across England. Given this is the first year of the expanded scheme, we have worked with researchers to undertake an evaluation of the implementation and impact of the scheme focussed on delivery in the summer holidays of 2021 across Yorkshire. This report summarises the preliminary findings and key recommendations:

Link: https://foodfoundation.org.uk/publication/evaluation-holiday-activities-and-food-programme