Tda 3.19

Claire Buhler

TDA 3.2:       Schools as organisations
Unit reference A/601/3326
Level 3
Credit Value 3

1. Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education.
1.1 Summarise entitlement and provision for early year’s education.
Since 2004 all children in the UK aged three and four years old have been entitled to a free place at a nursery or another preschool setting (this includes child-minders).   From 1st September 2010 the Government have extended these hours from 12.5 to 15 hours for up to 38 weeks of the year.   The free entitlement ensures that all children have the opportunity to access and benefit from early years education.   The extended hours have also supported parents and carers providing them with within your means child care helping them, if they wish, to go back to work or progress their careers through further education.
Examples of provision for early year’s education
Sure Start Children’s Centres
Working with parents from the birth of their child, providing early years education for children, full day care, short-term care, health and family support, parenting advice as well as training and employment advice.
Nursery Schools
They provide early learning and childcare for children between the ages of 6 months and five years old.   They are often based at Sure Start Children’s Centres or linked to a primary school.
Day Nurseries
Often based in the workplace and run by businesses or voluntary groups they provide care and learning activities for children from birth to five years old.
Pre-schools and Playgroups
Usually run by voluntary groups they provide part-time play and early learning for children under five.   Three and four year olds can use their 15 hours of weekly free early year’s education at these providers.

They look after children under the age of 12 in their own homes.   They can look after up to 6 children under 8 years old, although no more than three of them maybe under...