Tda 3.2 1.1entitlement and Provision for Early Years Education

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As part of the Every Child Matters and Childcare Act 2006 all children aged three and four in England are entitled to 15 hours per week of early years education for free. The local authority is provided with government funds to enable that early years education is provided for children for up to two years of free education over 38 weeks of the year, parents will also have the option to pay for additional hours if and when they require them.

Early years education is about supporting very young children, children aged 3-5 years old. It is very different from Key Stage 1 as it is based on learning through play rather than a form of formal education. Although TA’s may not always work in the early years department it is important to
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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills t hat provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. The Early years foundation stage was introduced in 2008 and sets out one standard framework for learning, development and care for all children from birth to the foundation year.
In Scotland there is the Curriculum for Excellence which aims to achieve a transformation in education by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18.
In Northern Ireland pupils in years 1 & 2 are in foundation stage and Key stage 1 consists of years 3 and 4and Key stage 2 consists of 5 and 6.

Early years learning usually runs with adults working with children on focused activities that have specific concepts such as play involving using numbers, starting letter formation and language activities. The classroom will usually contain educational toys/play areas and children will be encouraged to work/play independently and choose from a wide range of activities. Foundation stage classrooms/areas also have facilities outside the classroom for outside play.

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