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New Code of Practice for Local Authorities on Delivery of Free Early Years Provision for 3 and 4-year-olds from September 2010

The new Code of practice for local authorities on delivery of free Early Years provision for 3- and 4-year-olds is statutory guidance and general principles for local authorities (LAs) to help them manage and administer the new extended offer. This document replaces all previous guidance about the free entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds.

From September this year, when the new guidance comes into force, the fulfilment of the commitment made in the Ten Year Childcare Strategy 2004 to create greater choice and flexibility will be seen. The revised guidance will embed and extend a more flexible entitlement, which supports employment, better suits families’ needs and promotes take-up.

Also included on this page are the Impact assessment of the increase of the free entilement for 3- and 4-year-olds to 15 hours per week with increased flexibility and the Government response to the consultation on the new Code of practice for local authorities on delivery of free Early Years provision for 3- and 4-year-olds.


Associated documents

Code of practice for local authorities on delivery of Free Early Years provision for 3- and 4-year-olds (2.5Kb)

Impact assessment of the increase of the free entilement for 3- and 4-year-olds to 15 hours per week with increased flexibility (486.3Kb)

Government response to the consultation on the new Code of practice for local authorities on delivery of free Early Years provision for 3- and 4-year-olds (February 2010) (135.2Kb)

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