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Early Years Consultant's Handbook

The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on LAs and their partners to improve outcomes for all young children and reduce inequalities between them. Fulfilling this duty requires a broad and inclusive strategy, part of which should focus on the provision of high quality early learning and care.

The overwhelming evidence from research shows that high quality early learning and care is essential to give children the solid start they need to achieve better outcomes in school and beyond. Children who experience high quality Early Years provision develop better social, emotional and cognitive abilities – qualities which are necessary for school and adulthood. Poor quality, on the other hand, adds no value in the long term. The Government therefore wants LAs to sharpen up their focus on raising and sustaining the quality of Early Years experiences for children and families at all levels.