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Free Early Education
Eligible two-year-olds and all three and
four-year-olds in Medway are entitled to a free nursery
The early years are critical in a child's development. Children
develop rapidly during this time, physically, intellectually,
emotionally and socially.
All children should be given the opportunity to experience
the very best possible start to their education. Nursery education
provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning and is great fun
Free nursery education in Medway is available in
nursery classes attached to some primary
schools, in pre-schools, day
nurseries with accredited childminders and for older four
year-olds, in primary school reception classes.
The period from the age of two years until the beginning of
Year 1 in primary school (when children are coming up to six years
old) is called the Foundation Stage of learning.
Nurseries, pre-schools, accredited childminders and schools
working with children who are in the Foundation Stage provide a
curriculum to enable children to achieve Early Learning Goals.
Nurseries, pre-schools and accredited childminders in Medway are
inspected by Ofsted and supported by a team of qualified
early years advisers.
Get a list of
accredited childminders in your area from the Medway Family
Information Service or by using the contact details below.
Please access the Family
Information Service Directory for further information on Early
Years and Childcare.