Free early years provision and childcare: model agreement

What information local authorities should include in their agreements with early years providers.

Applies to England



The model agreement is for:

  • local authorities
  • early years providers, including:
    • early years providers and childminders registered on the Ofsted early years register
    • childminders registered with a childminder agency that is registered with Ofsted
    • independent schools and academies taking children age 2 and over and which are exempt from registration with Ofsted as an early years provider

The statutory guidance Early education and childcare is also available for local authorities.

Published 3 March 2017
Last updated 21 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated model agreement.

  2. First published.