Entitlement and provision in England for early years education is that every three and four year old child is entitled to free early year’s education in an OFSTED inspected setting which is found to be satisfactory. The Childcare Act 2006 and Every Child Matters have made it possible for every child to access early year’s education from the age of 3 years. Some children from the age of 2 years old will also be offered 15 hours of early years education, there is a different criteria that needs to be met, and certain benefits need to have been awarded and the household income is to be no more than £16.190 per year. This option is still fairly new and is only accessible in certain sure start, private and school nurseries. Free entitlement is funded by the government for all children aged 3 and 4 and is available for 15 hours per week over the school term time period of 38 weeks of the year. Free places are available in a number of settings including: school nurseries, childminders, sure start nurseries and private day nurseries. Each parent is able to choose how they use their 15 hours each week for their child. It is called flexi hours and allows for more flexible time to be spent in nursery. This can be used for three hours on a morning, afternoon or used to enable a child to spend two full days in nursery using the remaining hours as desired. Early Years provision for each of these very young children is mainly play based as opposed to formal learning and supports social and emotional development. It will begin with the transition and settling into their new nursery routine. And is mainly play based as opposed to formal learning and supports social and emotional development. The Foundation Curriculum in England and Wales runs from the ages 3-5 and is therefore implemented in nursery schools right up to the end of the autumn term in Year 1. It...
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