Department for Education Consultation

Department of Education

Details of two Department for Education consultations running until 16th September 2022.

The Department for Education (DfE) are seeking views on proposed Childcare Regulatory Changes.  Responses by 16th September 2022.

Childcare: Regulatory Changes Government consultation
Childcare: Regulatory Changes - July 2022 Consultation ( proposals.
Childcare: Regulatory Changes - Department for Education - Citizen Space consultation online.

This consultation seeks views on the following proposals:

  • Changing the current statutory minimum staff:child ratios in England for 2-year-olds from 1:4 to 1:5.
  • Making the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework (EYFS) explicit that childminders can care for more than the specified maximum of three children under the age of 5 if they are caring for siblings of children they already care for, or if the childminder is caring for their own baby or child.
  • Making the EYFS explicit that “adequate supervision” while children are eating means that children must be in sight and hearing of an adult. 

The DfE are also seeking views on proposed updates to the early years funding formulae, and maintained nursery school supplementary funding. Responses by 16th September 2022.

Early years funding formulae Government consultation proposals.
Early years funding formulae - Department for Education - Citizen Space consultation online.

Published: 25th July 2022