Statutory guidance

Early education and childcare

Statutory guidance on the provision of early education and childcare.

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Statutory guidance for local authorities including new elements relating to early years provision for 2-year-olds from lower income families and the provision of information, advice and training to childcare providers. It sets out a changed role for local authorities, to enable them to focus on identifying and supporting disadvantaged children to take up their early education place.

Local authorities must follow this guidance when seeking to discharge their duties under sections 6, 7, 11 and 13 of the Childcare Act 2006. They should not depart from it unless they have good reason to do so.

It replaces guidance published in May 2012.

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