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Early Learning and Childcare

Children’s experiences in their early years are very closely related to the quality of care that they receive. We also know that these experiences can have a real impact on how children develop in the future.

It is important that all those involved in the wellbeing, care and education of babies and young children provide an enriched environment in which children can thrive.  High-quality, child care, pre-school and school education has a vital role to play in the successful implementation of The Early Years Framework.  Early learning environments and quality childcare have a unique opportunity to adopt a holistic approach to young children's learning, which responds to each child's changing developmental needs and values the child's prior knowledge from home and life experience.

New content is now available on the Maternal and Early Years Website dedicated to supporting professionals working in early learning environments and childcare support and improve the wellbeing of the children in their care.