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All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). All maintained/independent schools or registered early years providers in the private, voluntary and independent sectors caring for children from birth to five must use the EYFS. This includes: * reception and nursery classes in maintained and independent schools * day nurseries

* childminders
* playgroups
* after school and breakfast clubs
* holiday playschemes
* Sure Start Children’s Centres
The EYFS ensures:
* children learn through play
* providers work closely with parents
* you are kept up to date on your child’s progress
* the welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities The following groups are not covered:

* mother and toddler groups
* nannies
* short-term, occasional care (eg crèches)

Childminders

Childminders usually look after children in their own home. Those offering free early learning places for three and four year olds should be registered by Ofsted and accredited as part of a local authority quality assurance network. All childminders who care for children under eight agree to meet certain quality standards and must be registered, checked and inspected regularly to make sure they are suitable to look after children. Childminders:

* look after your child from a few months old up to the age of five * can often be flexible about the days and times they work - every childminder is different so you will have to discuss this with them * can look after up to six children under eight years old, although no more than three must be aged under five Some childminders will also look after school age children after school and in the holidays.

Sure Start...
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