Pre-school education

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on pre-school education. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

07.07.2016Early Intervention
Information and analysis on early intervention policies aimed at parents and children from conception to age five, covering health, education, social development and financial benefits. This paper also looks at broader arguments around early intervention as a policy approach.
22.06.2016Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare (England)
An extra 15 hours of free childcare will be available across England from September 2017 for eligible 3 and 4 year olds who live in households where either a single parent or both parents work, or otherwise meet the criteria. This paper sets out the details of the policy, and highlights issues regarding its delivery by childcare providers.
15.07.2015Sure Start (England)
The development and impact of the Sure Start early years programme since 1998, from the initial targeted, local partnership-run programmes through to universal local authority-run children's centres.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
18.02.2009Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: provisions for children, education and learners (Bill 55 of 2008-09)
This paper is one of two which examine the main proposals of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2008-09. It deals with the provisions relating to the dissolution of the Learning and Skills Council, the transfer to local authorities of responsibility for funding 16 to 18 education and training; the education of offenders; the creation of the Young Person's Learning Agency and the Skills Funding Agency; and the legal identity of sixth-form colleges. The paper also covers the new regulatory body for qualifications (Ofqual); and a new agency to carry out the non-regulatory functions currently performed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The Bill seeks to strengthen the accountability of children's services; amend intervention powers in respect of schools which are causing concern; provide for a new parental complaints service; change the school inspection arrangements; create a new negotiating body for school support staff pay and conditions; and address issues related to pupil and student behaviour. See also Research Paper 09/14.
23.11.2005The Childcare Bill (Bill 80 of 2005-06)

Lords Library Notes

10.06.2015Childcare Bill [HL] (HL Bill 9 of 2015-16)
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Childcare Bill on 16 June 2015.


18.12.2013Special Educational Needs
This POSTnote summarises the nature and diversity of special eduational needs (SEN) and discusses the support and outcomes for affected children and their families.

Select Committee Reports

01.04.2010Early Years Single Funding Formula.
Government response. Department for Children, Schools and Families report [Commons]
17.03.2010Early Years Single Funding Formula.
Children Schools and Families Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the launch of the Bercow Review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs; recognises that the Review is an attempt ...
That this House notes the concern of academics, practitioners and members of the public over the prescriptive nature of the Learning and Development Requirements of the Early Years ...
03.12.2007DOLLY PARTON
That this House congratulates Dolly Parton on her Imagination Library which provides free books for pre-school children; notes that this scheme has encouraged reading and helped tackle ...
That this House notes that in the UK one in five children leaves primary school unable to read properly; commends the Channel 4 Lost for Words season of campaigning programmes aimed ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses