During 2012 to 2013 the department funded ten local authorities to offer early learning to those 2-year-olds, within specific localities, meeting the eligibility criteria due to be introduced nationally in September 2013. The local authorities took practical steps to overcome a range of challenges around supply, quality and parental demand.
The overall aim of the trials was to enable local authorities to test how best to deliver early learning to all eligible children in a particular geographic area or areas.
This report sets out some of the work the trial authorities undertook against the main objectives. Further information from the ten trial local authorities will be available on the ‘Achieving Two Year Olds’ Knowledge Hub.