This briefing paper considers the diversity in early years provision. It was produced for the Healthy Early Years study, which was funded by the Department of Health, to help inform decisions about extending the Healthy Schools Programme approach to early years settings. The paper focuses on childcare and early education provision for children aged from birth to five years: maintained and private nursery schools, Sure Start local programmes, children's centres, day nurseries, pre-school playgroups and childminders. An overview of the relevant issues and of the distinguishing features of each type of setting is provided
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