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Pre-School Education

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend the free nursery entitlement for three and four-year-olds. (205978)

By 2010 all three and four-year-olds will be eligible to receive 15 more flexible hours of early years provision, compared to the existing 12½ hours.

20 Pathfinder local authorities are already delivering the extended entitlement and we have pledged to extend that progressively between now and 2010.

The extension to the free entitlement will offer considerable benefits both to the three and four-year-olds who will receive additional high quality early education and to the families who will benefit from the increased flexibility in balancing to both their work and family life.