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:
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.