Summarise Entitlement and Provision for Early Years Education.

Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
Level 3

Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education.

Summarise entitlement and provision for early years education.

The Child Care Act 2006 and the Every Child Matters agenda state that all 3 and 4 year old children in England are entitled to receive up to 15 hours per week of early years education for 38 weeks per year.
Local authorities receive government funding to ensure that every child receives up to 2 years of free education before reaching school age. Parents have an option to pay additional fees for any hours needed in excess of the free 15 hours per week.
Early years provision in school is all about supporting very young children and is based on learning through play rather than a more formal education. Play has been shown to be an excellent vehicle for young children’s learning. In each country within the UK this provision is separate from Key Stage 1 learning.

In England the Foundation Curriculum is used in school nurseries and Reception classes covering the ages of 3 years to 5 years old. The Early Years Foundation Stage (revised September 2012) advises of the standard framework of learning, development and care for all children with an age range of birth to the end of the Reception year.
In Wales The Early Years Foundation Phase covers ages 3 to 7 year olds and combines both the Early years and Key Stage 1 learning in line with the National Curriculum.
The curriculum in Scotland is in accordance with the document, Curriculum for Excellence. This document encompasses a wide age range of 3 to 18 years old. The curriculum is presented differently in that 3 and 4 year olds alongside the early primary phase (Primary 1) are collectively presented as one level. There is a strong emphasis on active learning and children only move to Primary 1 when they are ready to do so.
In Northern Ireland the year groups are divided differently from those in the...