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These pages provide statutory guidance that local authorities in England must have regard to when fulfilling their duties to secure free early education for three- and four-year-olds and sufficient childcare for working parents.
It comes into force from 1 September 2012.
The phrase 'must have regard', when used in this context, does not mean that the sections of statutory guidance have to be followed in every detail, but that they should be followed unless there is a good reason not to in a particular case
This document will replace the Code of Practice for Local Authorities on Delivery of Free Early Years Provision for Three- and Four-Year-Olds (2010) and Securing Sufficient Childcare – Statutory guidance for local authorities in carry out their childcare sufficiency duties (2010).
This document will be reviewed in 2013.
The principal legislation to which this guidance relates is:
The guidance seeks to assist local authorities, providers and parents by making it clear:
The Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on the Delivery of Free Early Education for Three- and Four-Year-Olds and Securing Sufficient Childcare can be downloaded from the associated resources section below.
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Consultation on the delivery of free early education for three and four-year-olds and securing sufficient childcare