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Part 8The Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

Chapter 3Functions in relation to curriculum, Early Years Foundation Stage and assessment

182Early learning goals and educational programmes

(1)The QCDA must keep under review all aspects of the early learning goals and educational programmes.

(2)The QCDA—

(a)may advise the Secretary of State on matters concerning the early learning goals and educational programmes, and

(b)must advise the Secretary of State on any such matters which are referred to the QCDA by the Secretary of State.

(3)The QCDA may and, if requested to do so by the Secretary of State, must—

(a)carry out programmes of research and development for purposes connected with the early learning goals and educational programmes, or

(b)commission, co-ordinate or facilitate the carrying out of such programmes.

(4)The QCDA may publish and disseminate, or facilitate the publication or other dissemination of, information relating to the early learning goals and educational programmes.

(5)In this Part “the early learning goals and educational programmes” means the requirements specified under section 39(1)(a) of the Childcare Act 2006 (c. 21) by virtue of paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 41(2) of that Act.