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Foundation Stage Pre-School To Reception Age 3 To 5

All 3- and 4-year-olds can get 12.5 hours of free early education a week (2.5 hours a day, 5 days a week), 38 weeks a year from the 1 September, 1 January or 1 April after their 3rd birthday. By 2010, this will increase to 15 hours a week. This free provision must be with a registered childcare provider. In addition, parents will have the flexibility to use the free entitlement across a minimum of 3 days so that the 15 hours could, for example, be used over 3 days rather than 5.

The government planned that by 2008 there would be at least 1,000 primary schools that open from 8.00am to 6.00pm up to 48 weeks a year. By 2010, schools will open from 8.00am to 6.00pm and you will have access to an out-of-school childcare place for children aged 3-14 every Monday to Friday, all year round.