Cascade to

Early Years leads.

Summary

From 2013, local authorities will have a statutory duty to provide free early education to less advantaged two-year-olds. Once the duty is in place, we plan that the Early Years Census and Annual Schools Census will collect data on take-up. This data return is to assist us with plotting the trajectory of the growth in places before the formal data collections commence from January 2014. The trajectory is to assist local authorities and the Department to assess locally and nationally the progress being made towards implementation of the new duty.

This is a voluntary data return.

Action required and due date

To complete a short electronic survey by Friday 4 May 2012.