Rolling out free early education for disadvantaged two year olds: an implementation study for local authorities and providers: summary
- Document type
- Gibb, Jennifer; Jelicic, Helena; La Valle, Ivana
- Department for Education
- Date of publication
- 1 June 2011
- Research Brief DFE-RB131
- Education and Skills, Children and Young People
- Social welfare
- Material type
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Free early education for disadvantaged two year olds was first piloted in 2006. The offer aims to improve disadvantaged children’s social and cognitive outcomes so that by the age of five they are as ready as their more advantaged peers to start and fully benefit from school. The programme aims to provide good quality early education combined with support for parents, for example, to improve their confidence in supporting their children’s learning and to deal with other challenges in their lives, such as health problems and family difficulties. This brief summarises the findings of a study of the ‘two year olds offer’, a programme that provides free early education to disadvantaged two year olds in England. A case study approach was used to explore in depth the research questions from the perspective of local authorities, key stakeholders and childcare providers.
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