‘Early Years’ usually describes the first five years of a child’s life. There is universal provision, which is for everyone; targeted provision for children who have needs additional to and different from other children of the same age, and specialist support for children with complex needs.
Early years provision could be a nursery, childminder or preschool. Some take children from 2-5 and other take children from birth to 5.
Childcare provision usually refers to before and after school provision and holiday clubs and play schemes.