Supporting Teaching and Learning Level3 Diploma

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Question 1a Summerise entitlement and provision for early years education. Since the Childcare Act 2006 and as part of Every Child Matters all children in the UK aged 3 and 4 years old are entitled to free places at either a nursery or another pre-school setting for up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. This is funded by the government for local authorities to ensure that every child has at least 2 years free education before reaching school age. Sure Start Children Centres: Work with parents from the birth of their child, helping with early years education, full day or short term care, health and family support as well as parenting advice and employment advice. Nursery Schools: Help with early learning and childcare for children between the ages of 3-5. They are either based in sure start centres or linked to a primary school. Playgroups and Playschools: These normally ran voluntary groups give part-time and early learning to under 5s. 3-5 years old can use their 15 hours free entitlement early years education at these. Day Nurseries: Are mainly based at the workplace or run as a business giving care and learning activities to children from birth to five years old. Nannies and Childminders: Provide care in their own home or the child’s home and can look after a child from any age. All childcare providers are inspected by OFSTED who are the Office For Standards in Education, Children Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services that care for young people, children and those who provide education and skills for learners of all
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