Early years in schools

Setting up early years provision as a school

Schools who are interested in opening up early years provision should use the following guidance documents to support them through the process: 

The first steps

Before any decisions are made, it is important for schools to consider the following:

  • Is there any demand for early years provision in their community?
  • What impact will the provision have on the capacity of the school?
  • Does the school have space for an early years setting?
  • How is the provision going to be financed? 

To ensure that appropriate support can be provided, the following form should be completed by schools who are considering opening early years provision, School Based Early Years Provision - Initial Proposal Form (opens in a new window)

Governor Led provision

For schools that have formally made the decision to open Governor Led provision, the following form should be completed, Governor-Led School Based Early Years Provision - Post Consultation Form (opens in a new window)