This research looks at five pilot projects delivering extended provision ѷrapped around' a core early education place to improve developmental outcomes for children and meet the needs of parents. The pilot was announced by the Government in October 2000 as part of its early years expansion programme (Inter-Departmental Childcare Review, 2002; La Valle et al, 2000; Woodland, Miller and Tipping, 2002).

This study was commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills to evaluate the implementation, effectiveness, and quality of provision of pilot projects in five local authorities providing Wraparound Care. It is highly relevant to current policy development, and adds to the growing literature on evaluation and integration. The experiences of the five pilots will provide useful information to local authorities and others seeking to develop and extend their services to families and children and to schools seeking to provide childcare or other extended and community services.