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Early Years Education Essay

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Early Years Education is the provision of an education environment for children between the ages of 0 and 5. Children between the ages of 4 and 5 will then start school in the reception class. The environments that education can be provided in include the following:
- Nursery Schools: Nurseries schools provide early learning for children between the ages of 3 and five. The nursery may be linked to/ adjoining a school. Some nurseries are also extending their provision to include 2 year olds.
- Play groups and pre-schools: Often run voluntarily, they usually take children between 3 and 5 although may have a provision for 2 year olds.
- Day Nursery: A day nursery is a childcare centre that caters mainly for working parents (whether full-time or part-time) and this means that they are usually open for extended
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They can look after no more than three children under the age of 5. They can look after up to six children under the age of 8.
- Nannies: Nannies (or other home-based carers) are childcare providers who work in the childâ€TMs own home, able to look after children of any age.
Although not compulsory, free early years education is available to all 3 and 4 year olds throughout the UK if their parents wish for them to attend. It is also being extended to some two year olds.
This free education covers nurseries and childminders. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free Early Years Education per week, for up to 38 weeks of the year. In nurseries this is usually taken as 3 hours per day (either a morning place or an afternoon place attending 5 days a week). Childminders will be flexible to the needs of the parents and provision may depend on their availability. All free early education must be within an approved setting for it to be provided free of charge. There is now also a provision of free education including nursery and childminders
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