Statutory guidance

Early education and childcare

Statutory guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare.



This is for local authorities.

It relates to the provision of early education and childcare by local authorities on their duties under sections 6, 7, 7A, 9A, 12 and 13 of the Childcare Act 2006.

This guidance includes information on:

  • the extension of the early education entitlement for 2-year-olds
  • the introduction of childminder agencies
  • providers who do not actively promote fundamental British values or promote views or theories as fact which is contrary to established scientific or historical evidence and explanations

Statutory guidance is issued by law. You must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.