High quality early education sits alongside health as an important determinant of children’s life chances. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education per week.
A growing number of disadvantaged 2 year olds are now accessing free early education and by 2014-15 this will be extended to 40% of 2 year olds. This will mean that around thirteen times more children should be able to access free early education at age 2 (260,000 children nationally).
Eighteen local authorities are currently trialling new approaches to improving quality and capacity in the sector to respond – you can find out more via the Department for Education’s website.
A diverse range of providers deliver early education: childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and reception classes in the maintained, voluntary, private and independent sectors. Whilst each provider has their own unique systems and structures for doing this, all adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework unless exempted from the learning and development aspects by government.
This autumn, the Department for Education will be consulting on changes to the code of practice that providers of free education are required to meet. The consultation will be asking you to consider a range of criteria that you will need to meet. Why not join us at the early education and childcare consultation events taking place around the country in November and December 2011.
Be prepared for the early education consultation by thinking about:
You must be logged in to post a comment.