What early years teachers need to know
Important changes are taking place to the provision of early years education in England. Free nursery entitlement for three and four year olds is being extended from 12.5 hours to 15 hours per week. Thirty-four local authorities are already offering the increased hours. All others are required to provide 15 hours of nursery education to the most deprived 25% of families from September 2009, and to all three and four year olds from September 2010.