6.1.1 Entitlement and provision for early year’s education.
There are a variety of different providers of care and education for children between 0- 5 year olds. These include:
Sure start children’s centres: These centres work with parents from the birth of children by providing family outreach support, early education and child care. This includes play schemes, parenting classes, training and providing family, childcare and employment advice.
Nursery schools: They provide early education for children 3-5 years old. They are often based at Sure Start Children’s Centres or linked to a primary school.
Preschools and playgroups: They provide part-time play and early learning for the under-fives. They are usually run by voluntary groups. Three and four year can go these providers 15 hours a week free there.
Day Nurseries: Provide care and learning activities for children from birth to five years old. They are often based in workplaces and run by businesses or voluntary groups
Childminders: Look after children under 12 in the childminder’s own home. They can look after up to six children under eight years old, although no more than three of them must be under the age of five.
Nannies and home-based carers: Provide care for children in your home and can look after children of any age.
Since 2004 all children in the UK aged three and four years old have been entitled to free places at nursery or another preschool setting (including child-minders). From 1st September 2010 the Government extended these hours from 12.5 to 15 hours for up to 38 weeks of the year.
The free entitlement provides universal access to early childhood education and care, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to benefit from early years education. The extended hours also supports parents who wish to go back to work or develop their careers through further education by providing affordable day care.
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