The early years of a child's life are ones of rapid growth and development. Children enter their early learning years with a significant background of learning experiences within their families and with friends, neighbours and relatives.
During their time in early learning and childcare, provision for children is provided in a range of settings including the local authority, private and voluntary sectors. Staff work in close partnership with parents in developing children's learning. The vital contribution of early education lies in developing and broadening the range of children's learning experiences leaving them confident, eager and enthusiastic learners.