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Childcare Act 2006

The Childcare Act, passed into law on 11 July 2006, is pioneering legislation – the first ever exclusively concerned with Early Years and childcare. The Act will help transform childcare and Early Years services in England for generations to come, taking forward some of the key commitments from the Ten Year Childcare Strategy published in December 2004.

Measures in the Act formalise the important strategic role LAs play through a set of new duties. These duties will require authorities to:

The Act also reforms and simplifies Early Years regulation and inspection arrangements providing for a new integrated education and care quality framework (for pre-school children) and the new Ofsted Childcare Register. The sufficiency, information and outcomes duties came into effect from 1 April 2008 and the remaining provisions from September 2008. For further information, see the following:

A number of new duties have been introduced under the Childcare Act 2006.

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Last updated on 28/05/2009