. Summarise Entitlement and Provision for Early Years Education

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Summarise entitlement and provision for early years education The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the statutory standards that all Early Years Providers must meet. This standard applies to all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register – this includes childcare providers and childminders. Early years education provision commences from 0 through to 5 years of age in England. EarlyYears education can be provided from birth upwards in a variety of settings:- • nursery schools • nurseries on school sites • nursery classes in schools and academies • children’s centres • day nurseries • some playgroups and pre-school • Childminders (Registered childminders can look after up to six children up to the age of eight. Of these, a maximum of three can be under fives, who are classed as 'young children' and a single childminder can only have one child under one year old. This ratio includes the childminder's own children if they are under age eight. • Sure Start Children’s Centres However, Early Years education can also be provided by: • Play groups and crèches which provide services to the under 5s. These can require the adult carer/parent to be in attendance and services are more limited. • Nannies also provide care within the employers own home and can provide educational play on request of the employer. Early Years education is distinct from Key Stage 1 Education and focuses on play in learning as opposed to the more formal learning environment of KS1 which commences in Year 1. The Every Child Matters Agenda and the Childcare Act stipulate that the entitlement of all 3 to 4 year olds is up to 570 hours of early years education. This equates to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year at no cost to the parents/carers. This provision is funded by the Government through

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