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3 to 5 years

for age of child - 3 to 5Now your child is an active toddler, you might be thinking about some sort of education, perhaps in a nursery or playgroup. Perhaps you are looking for childcare, or want to choose a suitable learning activity for your child. Have a look at the 'Types of early education' section on the left-hand menu.

You should also start thinking about looking for a school for your child or considering home education. Have a look at the 'Before your child starts school' section.

The 3 to 5 years section includes:

Bigarrow Before your child starts school
Information on selecting a school and preparing your child for their first big step.

Bigarrow Choosing childcare
Tips on what you should be looking for in childcare and links to resources to help you do your research.

Bigarrow Help for lone parents
Advice about New Deal for Lone Parents, a Government programme designed specifically to help lone parents who want to work.

Bigarrow Free early years education and the Foundation Stage
A guide to your child's rights to pre-school education and an explanation of the Foundation Stage and early learning goals.

Bigarrow Sure Start
Information about Sure Start, the Government programme promoting the physical, intellectual and social development of young children.
Bigarrow Read and write together
A look at ways in which you can start helping your child to get to grips with the basics of reading and writing.

Bigarrow Types of early education
Including state and private nursery schools, reception classes, playgroups, childminders and day nurseries.

Bigarrow Child Trust Fund
Information about the Government saving scheme designed to enable you to plan for your child's future.

Bigarrow Educational games
Fun online games designed to help your child learn.

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