The Coalition's Programme for Government made a number of commitments to support families with young children.
This section contains the latest information from the Department on early learning and childcare.
Reforms include a slimmed down curriculum for 0-5-year-olds, more focus on getting children ready for school and free childcare entitlement to be more flexible for parents.
Press notice 06 July 2011
Information on the core purpose of Sure Start Children's Centres and an opportunity to share your views to contribute to its development.
General article 13 July 2011
Evidence of the importance of high-quality Early Years education, particularly for the most disadvantaged.
General article 01 July 2011
Dame Clare Tickell recommends that the Early Years Foundation Stage is radically slimmed down to make it easier to understand, less burdensome and more focused on making sure children start school ready to learn.
Press notice 30 March 2011
Updated capital guidance for local authorities (LAs) to help with Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant (SSEYCG) and Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC) capital grants.
General article 07 January 2011