Policy paper

Early learning for 2-year-olds: trials

This report brings together learning from trials of 10 local authorities offering early learning to 2-year-olds.

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


Early learning for two-year-olds: trials


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.

Published 12 June 2013