Summarise Entitlement and Provision for Early Years Education

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There are many childcare options available for children within the early years age group {0-5}

Nurseries
Nurseries come in different forms ranging from large company work based nurseries which are set up to help staff . Also university / college, community , hospital based. Some Schools also have nurseries which are geared towards preparing 3-5 year olds for reception as well as learning through play. Most nurseries will take children between the ages of 0-5 although some stipulate 2 upwards.

Children centres / Nurseries
Children’s centres provide a lot more than just nursery places. They are an excellent source of support and information for parents and carers, offering advise on social housing, benefits and back to work advise and training and health care issues. They also offer places to children between 0-5.

Playgroups and crèches
These provide services for the under 5’s and can be run & organised by organisations and voluntary led groups. Often services are for a more limited period of time and / or require the attendance of an adult.

Childminders
Provide care from their own home for children 0-8 years +. They can only care for 1 child under 1 year and no more than 3 in the early years. Although this rule has changed slightly from September 2012.

Nannies
Also provide home based care but only within their employers address. They care look after any age children .

All children within the uk aged 3 and 4 are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early years education within nurseries and nursery schools, for up to 38 weeks per year. This ensures that all children are given the opportunity to learn and experience early years education regardless of their families circumstances . Parents can also contribute to the costs of placements if further hours are needed.
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