Early Years Providers – Since the introduction of the National Childcare Strategy in 1997, the sector has increased massively. It has been estimated that the UK children’s day care nurseries market was worth £2.7 billion in 2003. The children’s nurseries market has grown rapidly in the last 10 years, and is now more than seven times the size (in nominal terms) than at the end of the 1980s. Increasing demand from working mothers as well as the governmental investment has led to a boost of provision of early years care, education and playwork settings.
Providers for early years education, childcare and playwork include:
- Full day care
- Sessional care
- Out of school clubs and holiday play schemes
- Family centres
- LEA nursery schools, nursery classes and reception classes
Early Years Providers – The Welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) also make it clear that everyone involved in the care and education of young children has a role to play in safeguarding and promoting their welfare. The EYFS Statutory Framework includes both specific legal requirements and statutory guidance for which Early Years providers must have regard, in order to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.
Excluded are relatives; nannies (working only for one family in their home); provision of less than two hours; and children who are wholly looked after e.g. by the local authority, unless they are attending one of the settings above.
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