Early Years Development Workers

The Early Years and Childcare Development Team offer a wide range of support. This is available for all early years and childcare providers (including wrap around childcare). They also offer support for prospective providers.

This includes:

  • Advice and guidance around new provision
  • Registration processes
  • Signposting to appropriate training
  • Preparation for Ofsted registration
  • Post-registration support

The team ensure that good quality childcare provision is available to parents. In the event of a setting closing, they also help providers to support parents and staff. They can help find alternative provision and where possible, ensure a smooth transition.

For registered provisions, they offer support visits, training and guidance around quality provision. The team aim to keep providers up to date with:

  • National and local policies and procedures
  • Statutory requirements
  • New initiatives.

The team will work with you to develop and maintain a quality provision. They will provide extra support for any provider graded less than good by Ofsted.

Advice and support for early years providers

Each early years provider is allocated an Early Years Advisory Teacher and Development Worker.

Universal support is available for all early years providers. This support is free of charge. It includes:

  • Access to free training and information session
  • Support by phone
  • Annual Shared Conversation
  • Access to the directory of support services
  • Inclusion Network each term
  • Monthly SEND Surgeries
  • EYFS Drop-In Sessions
  • Wellbeing Workshops
  • Mental Health Forum
  • Provider Briefings
  • Early Language Clubs

View the events calendar for upcoming meetings. 

Providers may request, or be identified, as requiring more specific support. This may be due to change in management or senior staff, a critical incident or a less than good Ofsted grading. In this case, providers can pay for support and bespoke training from the Early Years & Childcare Team. View details of training and support charges.

More details on available support and services

Annual Shared Conversation SHOW

Dingley’s Promise Early Years Inclusion Programme SHOW

Early Years & Childcare Provider Briefings SHOW

Healthy Early Years Award (HEYA) SHOW

Ofsted SHOW

Out of school care guidance SHOW

Pre-school Committee Network SHOW

Retention and recruitment SHOW

Safeguarding SHOW

Sufficiency SHOW

Support for childminders SHOW