In this section you will find news, speeches and letters related to early learning and childcare.
Sarah Teather MP and Anne Milton MP write to local authorities about their new joint policy vision, set out in the publication 'Supporting Families in the Foundation Years'.
Letter 18 July 2011
Reforms include a slimmed down curriculum for 0-5-year-olds, more focus on getting children ready for school and free childcare entitlement to be more flexible for parents.
Press notice 06 July 2011
Dame Clare Tickell responds to a misleading article in the Times Educational Supplement about her independent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
News 01 April 2011
Dame Clare Tickell recommends that the Early Years Foundation Stage is radically slimmed down to make it easier to understand, less burdensome and more focused on making sure children start school ready to learn.
Press notice 30 March 2011
Children's Minister Sarah Teather writes in Nursery World about the Government's commitment to Early Years education for the most deprived children.
Statement 24 March 2011
Details of the Government's approach to Sure Start Children's Centres and access to the accompanying statutory guidance for local authorities, primary care trusts and Jobcentre Plus.
News 17 February 2011
Sarah Teather: Early Years support for all families is important but our reform must benefit the most disadvantaged families first and foremost.
News 16 November 2010
Children's Minister Sarah Teather writes in Nursery World on the Spending Review and the early learning and childcare sector.
Statement 27 October 2010
Dame Clare Tickell launches a call for evidence to inform the independent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Includes a link to the online consultation.
News 02 August 2010
Government to remove bureaucracy surrounding children’s trusts.
News 22 July 2010