Southampton Early Years and Childcare service

The Early Years and Childcare Service has developed an excellent understanding of all aspects of early years and childcare, aligned with up to date knowledge of current legislation and best practice. It provides targeted support and challenge to providers to ensure they are working to improve outcomes and to reduce inequalities for children; this contributes to ensuring the optimum development of the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The service also acts as a ‘market facilitator’ to support any actual and expected increase in the number and quality of early years placements needed to ensure the delivery of the statutory requirement to provide 15 hours a week of early education for disadvantaged 2 year olds and up to 30 hours a week of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, as well as childcare for children of all ages.

Our service offer contains an outline of what is available from the Early Years’ Service. Many services continue to be offered at no charge, but in addition there is the opportunity to purchase enhanced support in the form of a range of services.

We look forward to continuing to work with you, making sure that together we secure the best outcomes for all children in Southampton.

If you need any further information, you can contact the Southampton Family Information Service.

If you wish to make a complaint about the Early Years and Childcare Service, please refer to the Council's complaints procedure.

The teams

Southampton Family Information Service (FIS) SHOW

Early Years Development Workers SHOW

Early Years Advisory Teachers/Area SENDCos SHOW

Early Years Funding Team SHOW

Speech and Language Specialists SHOW

The Language Intervention Team – Speech & Language Schools Assistants (SALSA) SHOW