Schools as organisations – Level 3
Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education. There are many different types of education establishments within England. These vary dependent on the type of funding they receive or if they are attached to a particular faith.
Using the internet, research early years provision, the different characteristics of different types of schools within England and post 16 options.
Each local education authority receives funding from the government to ensure that every three- and four-year-old child has access to free part-time education.
Summarise early years entitlement, include a brief description of the early years framework and state why it is important that every child is able to access free early years provision.
As part of Every Child Matters and the Childcare Act 2006, all 3-4 year olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free education for up to 38 weeks of the year. The government funds local authorities for this this to ensure every child receives up to two years of education before reaching school age. Early years specialises in young children and uses play rather than formal education as research shows that this is an important basis for children’s learning. Foundation stage focuses on 3-5 year olds and is used in Reception classes as well as in nurseries. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced in England in September 2008 and it sets out one standard framework for learning, development and care for all children from birth to the end of the Reception year. In Scotland, the curriculum is a more flexible programme provided for 3-18 year olds. This is called Curriculum for Excellence. The curriculum for 3-4 and the early primary phase as taught as one level, known as phase 1 and children only move into the next phase once they are ready. In Northern Ireland, pupils in Year 1and 2 are in Foundation Stage. Throughout the school, the year...
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