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The government is inviting views on a quality assurance scheme for pre-school education. ...
The government is inviting views on a quality assurance scheme for pre-school education.

A consultation document published today sets out the options for the various elements of the new scheme and seeks the views of interested parties.

The document has been produced jointly by the department for education and employment and the department of health.

Commenting on the consultation exercise, education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard said:

'I want to make sure that the pre-school education which is provided in exchange for vouchers is of high quality and offers good value for money, but is also run with a light touch and without too much central prescription. That is why the health secretary and I are seeking views on how this can best be achieved.'

The document covers:

- a new educational inspection framework for institutions which redeem vouchers

- premises and equipment

- child:adult ratios

- special educational needs

- publication of information for parents

- promulgation of good practice

The consultation will be carried out alongside a separate but related exercise by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority on the desirable learning outcomes for pre-school education, that is what children should be able to achieve by the time they begin compulsory schooling.

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