Know the Structure of Education from Early Years to Post Compulsory Education

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1. Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education. The Every Child Matters agenda and the Childcare Act of 2006 stated that it will be an entitlement of all 3 and 4 year olds to receive free part-time early year’s education. As part of the agenda the government’s Sure Start initiative offers all 3 and 4 year olds a guaranteed free, 12.5 hours per week, 38 weeks per year “early years” placement. The Sure Start programme is intended to deliver the best start in life for every child by bringing together early education, childcare, health and family support. The funding is for 2 years before the child reaches school age. Early year’s foundation sets out one standard framework for learning development and care for all children. There are six areas covered by the early years learning goals and education programme: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; problem solving, reasoning and numeracy; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development and lastly creative development. This is provided through schools and nursery programmes. There are four main types of school that are funded by local authorities: Community schools; community schools look to develop strong links with the local community. They can do this in a number of ways, including, providing use of their facilities, or providing services like childcare and adult learning classes. A community school is run by the local authority, which; employs the staff, owns the land and buildings and decides which ‘admission criteria’ to use. The school I am currently working at is part community school. It has strong links with the community offering adult education classes and also use of the sports facilities for external clubs. Foundation trust schools; are run by their own governing body, which employs the staff and sets

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