The range of provision which is available for parents to access for their children are: Pre- schools Day nurseries Children and family centres
These are to be found in the private, voluntary or independent sector.
The purpose of the early year's sector is to care for and educate children and the these settings provide for babies and children which are put into a day nursery for parents/careers to go back to work. Children are put into sessional settings for social and educational purposes or a combination of care and education purposes. 'Families requirements for their children vary some parents want care for their children so that they can return to work, some parents want to stay with their children while they socialise, some parents want their children in setting which offer services aimed at learning, some parents want their children to be in a home based environment and some families cannot afford to pay fees for provision.' (http://www.silkysteps.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13241&highlight=scope)
Because of this the early year's sector provide many types of provisions to meet the needs of families.
Other provisions include: Nurseries Childminders Pre-schools Crèches Parent and toddler groups Children centres
EYMP 4 Task 3
The effective provision of pre-school education (EPPE) project is the first major European longitudinal study of a national sample of young children's development (intellectual and social/behavioural) between the ages of three and seven years. To investigate the effects of pre-school education for three- and four-year-olds, the EPPE team collected a wide range of information on more than 3000 children, their parents, their home environments and the pre-school settings they attended (http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/earlylearningandchildcare/evidence/a0068162/effective-provision-of-pre-school-education-eppe)