In this section you will find information relating to policy and delivery.
The Department for Education and the Department of Health have published a policy statement on the foundation years, setting out our vision for reform. We know that there have been huge improvements in maternity and early years services over the past years, but it is important that we review and refresh what we do and how we do it in response to changing pressures and new developments.
We want a system that is led by the professionals who understand how best to deliver these services, so we have worked closely with experts in the early years sector to produce our publication, collaborating on a new vision for the crucial foundation years of each child's life.
An overview of the Childcare Act 2006, including details of its aims and a breakdown of the duties it sets out.
General article 14 June 2011
Biographical details on the members of the Co-production Steering Group.
General article 16 December 2011
Information and pen-portraits of the early education and childcare workforce co-production group.
General article 04 October 2011
Information about the co-production group, including an outline of its functions and details of its co-chairs.
General article 22 July 2011
Information about the Department's vision for Early Years education.
General article 18 July 2011
Download Sarah Teather's letter to local authorities, in which she explains how to keep public information about children's centres up to date.
Letter 18 July 2011
Access information sharing principles, which allow registered childcare providers to move between regulatory authorities without undue bureaucracy.
General article 04 July 2011