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Early years and childcare Function

Bookstart (1601) Service

Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at two key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.

Childcare out of school hours (19) Service

Out of school hours services for children, usually based in or near schools. The service is available to all families in the local area however local priorities for places may apply.

Childcare sufficiency assessment (1680) Service

A council must make sure there is sufficient childcare provision in the local area to enable parents to work, or undertake education and training leading to work. To ensure there is sufficient childcare an assessment of supply and demand for childcare services within a local authority area is carried out at regular intervals, consulting with parents and childcare providers as appropriate.

Childminders (21) Service

Information and support for those interested in becoming a registered childminder and those who are already registered. This may include training, grants and funding, ongoing support and information about setting up childcare.

Childminding and day care (20) Service

Registered childminders and daycare facilities which are available in the local area for parents and carers of pre-school age children.

Early education for 2 year olds (1741) Service

From the school term after they turn two some children may be eligible for up to 15 hours per week early education or childcare.

Nursery school places (12) Service

Nursery education is offered to children aged four in community maintained nursery classes and schools and are for two and a half hour sessions per week in term time.

School holiday schemes (18) Service

Out of school holiday play schemes which provide care for school-aged children during school holidays, are usually on school premises or in local community buildings. The education authority generally operates a booking system, offering remaining places on a first come first served basis.

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