Today, members of PACEY’s Policy and Communications
team attended the launch of the 2-year-old offer at a Montessori
Nursery in London.
The launch was marked by a speech by
the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in which he outlined
the offer and took questions from stakeholders within the sector
From today, 130,000 disadvantaged 2-year-olds
will be eligible for 15 hours free early education a week at all
settings judged as Good or Outstanding.
In the speech, Nick Clegg spoke of how this is
set to double in the next year with the goal of 260,000 being
eligible from September 2014. This will mean one in five of all
2-year-olds in England will receive free early education from high
quality settings. Interestingly, he also stated that the
government’s long term plan is for this to be a universal offer,
where all 2-year-olds, regardless of their family’s income, will be
You can read the
content of Mr Clegg's speech on the Gov.uk
website. The BBC has also
covered this story.
Do you intend to provide this offer? Have you
engaged with your local authority about the offer? We would
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