Expansion of the entitlement to free education for disadvantaged two-year-olds
- Document type
- Corporate author(s)
- Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services
- Date of publication
- 1 March 2012
- Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Families
- Social welfare
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From September 2013, Local Authorities have a statutory duty to provide free early education to disadvantaged two-year-olds. Eligible families are entitled to 570 hours of free early education for their two-year-olds and, under the 2010 Spending Review, the number of places was set to increase nationally from 20,000 to around 140,000 over the four years until 2014-15. Fifteen trials involving eighteen Local Authorities tested a range of approaches to expanding free early years education for disadvantaged two-year-olds. The trials ended on 31 March 2012. The areas were: Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Hartlepool, Manchester/Tameside, Medway, Northamptonshire, North Yorkshire, Rotherham, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Merton/Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Walsall/Wolverhampton.
The Children's Improvement Board (CIB) commissioned the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children's and Young People's Services (C4EO) to identify lessons from the trial areas which are testing approaches to expanding the entitlement to free early years education for disadvantaged two-year-olds.
This paper provides a brief overview of the policy context that underpins the trials, a description of the elements that the trials have been testing out with some case studies, the key findings and learning points from the trials that can be shared, and finally, signposting to the tools and materials that the local areas have produced and can be shared.
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