Early Years and Childcare
Early years education provides children with an ideal opportunity to build on the knowledge they bring from home. It helps children become more independent and to make friends.
In these early years settings, children can choose from a wide range of activities suitable for their age and ability. They have stories to listen to, books to look at and songs to sing. Play and other creative activities help develop their imagination. Indoor and outdoor play help to develop their physical skills.
Children learn in an environment where they feel happy, secure and valued.
You may have come across the three terms Early Help, Early Years and Early Support. So what do they mean? What is the difference?. Below we have tried to describe each term.
Early Help (0-19)
The term Early Help is used to describe the process of taking action early and as soon as possible to tackle problems and issues emerging for children, young people and their families.
Early years refers to children from birth to the age of five. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. View more details on our Early Years and Childcare (Local Offer) web page.
Early Support in Peterborough is a pathway for children in their pre-school years with complex health, education, or care needs. These children will require considerable ongoing support from across education, health and care. This includes:
children who have great difficulty communicating
children who have sensory or physical difficulties
children who have complex health needs
View more details on our Early Years and Childcare (Local Offer) web page.
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