There are plans to increase the number of free childcare hours from 15 to 30, doubling the current offer.
A lot of our clients have children with special educational needs (SEN), for example learning difficulties or disabilities. Often, Parents will effuse about the pre-school learning and interaction their child receives, especially where the child has special educational needs which are so expertly provided for by trained and experienced staff.
Many parents would love for their child to have the offer of longer at the pre-school of their choice and, given that pupils with SEN can take longer to pick up the routines and skills of their peers, this could be a great opportunity to begin providing this for them.
Mr Schleicher said the variety of early years places could be "very fragmented and hard to navigate". Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said: "We have long argued that, given current limited resources, the government should focus its spending on where it is needed most. "As such, we remain at a loss as to why there has been no attempt to rethink the current eligibility criteria for the 30-hour offer." A Department for Education spokeswoman said: "We are investing more than ever before into childcare - £6bn per year by 2020 - and doubling our existing offer of free childcare for all three and four year olds to 30 hours for working parents.