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This statutory guidance from the Department for Education is for English local authorities on their duties under sections 6, 7, 11 and 13 of the Childcare Act 2006. Local authorities must have regard to this guidance when seeking to discharge their duties under sections 6, 7, 11 and 13 of the Childcare Act 2006. They should not depart from it unless they have good reason to do so.
From 1 September 2013 it will supersede the current statutory guidance (which was published in May 2012 and came into effect from 1 September 2012).
This guidance will be kept under review and updated as necessary.
The Childcare Act 2006
This statutory guidance includes new elements relating to early years provision for 2-year-olds from lower income families and the provision of information, advice and training to childcare providers. It sets out a changed role for local authorities, to enable them to focus on identifying and supporting disadvantaged children to take up their early education place.
The guidance seeks to assist local authorities, providers and parents by making it clear:
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Consultation on the delivery of free early education for three and four-year-olds and securing sufficient childcare