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Nursery Schools: Codes of Practice

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representations he has received on implementing the Code of Practice for Nursery Education in pilot areas; and if he will make a statement; (144893)

(2) when he expects the Code of Practice for Nursery Education to be fully applied (a) in pilot areas and (b) across England.

The 2006 Code of Practice on the provision of free nursery education places for three and four-year-olds came into force on 1 April 2006. The Code of Practice is statutory guidance that all local authorities, including Pathfinder local authorities delivering the extended free early education entitlement from April 2007, must have regard to when fulfilling their statutory duty to secure sufficient nursery education for children in their area.

Officials meet regularly with representatives from the 20 Pathfinder local authorities. These meetings are opportunities to review progress and discuss emerging issues relating to the extension of the free entitlement to 15 hours.