The TES is reporting that DfE lacks data to measure impact of its £2.7bn spend on free childcare.
Children should be tracked from pre-school childcare onwards to check their development, a report from MPs said today.
The failure to introduce baseline assessments raises fears that there is no national dataset to assess how well children are developing in their early years, the Commons Public Accounts Committee has said.
In its report Entitlement to free early years education and childcare, the committee says:
“The Department told us it was possible to match data it holds from the different census returns it receives from childcare providers and schools, to track children’s achievement, but these would not provide immediate feedback of issues in specific settings”.
It recommends that the DfE should report back to the committee by September 2016 on how it will measure the value for money of providing free early education and childcare. It should consider tracking children from pre-school childcare onwards, it adds.
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