Must knows children: Early years

Effective, high quality early years provision makes a difference to young children, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage to give them a good start in life. It is a key element of early help and leads to better developmental outcomes and readiness to learn.

Accessible and affordable childcare also underpins economic development, helping women into work and tackling poverty. Councils must ensure the availability of high quality part-time early education for all three and four year olds, and for 40 per cent of the most disadvantaged two year olds from September 2014.

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