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Early Years Provision

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what timetable he has set for the review of the code of practice for local authorities on delivery of free early years provision for children aged three and four;

(2) what criteria he plans to use in undertaking the review of the code of practice for local authorities on delivery of free early years provision for children aged three and four.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

We will be consulting in the autumn on streamlining the code of practice for local authorities on delivery of free early years provision for three and four-year-olds. The aim of the review will be to ensure that the code is clearly understood by local authorities enabling them to set out a clear offer to parents and their children and to providers; does all it can to promote children's access to their entitlement; and reduces national prescription and so helps to free up local authorities (and in turn providers) from unnecessary and often burdensome red tape.

The consultation will be published on the Department's website and will run for 12 weeks. The consultation will conform to the seven criteria set out in the Government's Code of Practice on Consultation which can be found on the Department's website at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations

The intention is that revised statutory guidance will come into force in September 2012. It will follow the Department's new approach to advice and guidance which is explained on the website:

http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/advice

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