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Under 5s

Our aim is to ensure that Reading’s young children have the best start in life with easy access to maternity, health, education and support services.

The term ‘early years’ refers to a specific period of time between conception and age five. During this time young children consolidate, through play and exploration, the abilities, knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for their future progress through school and life.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework sets the standards for providers of learning, development and care for children from 0–5. All schools and Ofsted registered early years providers must follow the EYFS.

Ofsted are changing the way they inspect and report on schools from September 2019. For more information on how these changes will affect you please visit

It supports an integrated approach to early learning and care by giving all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to adhere to.

It contains detailed information about statutory duties and requirements such as the need for settings to have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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