Policy paper

2010 to 2015 government policy: childcare and early education

How the government is making childcare and early education accessible to more children to give them the best possible start.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Find out about the current government’s policies.

Published 22 April 2013
Last updated 8 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Policy document from the 2010 to 2015 government preserved in a different format for reference
  2. Detail added: Early years pupil premium
  3. Added link to departmental advice on establishing a childminder agency.
  4. Added links to the regulations governing childminder agencies to the 'bills and legislation' section.
  5. Added information about giving parents more easy access to informal childcare. Also added detail about early years teachers and early years educators.
  6. Added detail page about childminder agencies, including information on the trials we are running and the organisations involved.
  7. Updated to include details of 3 publications from July 2013: 'More affordable childcare', 'Early years Teachers' Standards' and 'Early years educator qualification criteria'.
  8. First published.