All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to receive a free, part time early year’s education. They are entitled to 15 hours a week, for 38 weeks of the year. This is part of the Every Child Matters agenda, which is a government initiative for England and Wales, and its main aims are for every child, whatever their background or circumstances, to have the support they need to; * be healthy
* stay safe
* enjoy and achieve
* make a positive contribution
* achieve economic wellbeing,
and the Childcare Act 2006, which works in conjunction with the Every Child Maters agenda, and formalises the important strategic role of local authorities through a set of duties requiring them to; * work with their NHS and jobcentre partners to improve the outcomes of all children up to five and reduce inequalities between them secure sufficient childcare for working parents * provide a parental information service
* Provide information, advice and training for childcare providers. There are different types of childcare options available for 0-5 year old within this provision of early year’s education. These include * Sure start children’s centres; these work with parents from child’s birth, providing early years education, full day care, short term care, health and family support and parenting advise. * Nursery schools; providing early learning and childcare for child aged 3-5, often linked to a primary school * Playschools and pre-schools; providing part time and early learning for under 5s. Three and four year olds are entitled to their 15 hours of free early year’s education with these providers. * Nurseries; providing care and early years education from birth to five * Reception class; the early years curriculum framework runs from ages 3-5 and therefore is used in reception class and school nurseries. Learning in the early years...