The Extended Schools Initiative

Pre-school facilities at schools and charitable status.


The Extended Schools Initiative and the provision of pre-school childcare

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This guidance clarifies:

  • when a school can provide pre-school facilities
  • what happens when an existing charitable pre-school association already operates at the school
Published 1 February 2006