IDENTIFY THE RANGE OF EARLY YEARS SETTINGS AND HOW THEY REFLECT THE SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF THE SECTOR:
In the uk there are a variety of Early Years settings. Depending on the individual family needs, parents have a choice.
Nurseries full or part time provide a safe environment where children play and learn new experiences whle the parents are at work.
Also for parents that work a more homelike environment may be preferable, so child minders that look after a small number of children in their own home may be a suitable choice.
Reception classes for children aged 4 and 5 are generally in the school to which the child will attend. This is a more structured learning environment.
Some employers may offer a creche facility for example at a hospital or college for staff and students with young children.
Play groups for pre-schoolers are also available in many communities. They can take children from aged 2 and a half but may incur a charge. Children age 3 (term after) currently receive 15 hours sessional free day care a week. limited to 38 weeks a years. (Term time).
There are also Parent and Toddler groups run mainly by local parents or a voluntary group. These sessions provide a social safe environment for children to play and interact with others. Parents/carers must stay for these sessions and there will be a minimal charge.
Some families cannot afford provision and may opt for grandparents to help out. Families on low income may be eligible to reeive up to 15 hours free early education for children aged 2. (Term after and limited to 38 weeks a year)