Southampton Early Years and Childcare service

There is a proven track record of effective partnership working between the Early Years & Childcare Service and schools, Children’s Centres and the providers that operate throughout the City of Southampton. Working collaboratively, the service has been instrumental in raising the quality of provision and improving outcomes for all children.

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 Early Years and Childcare Service, which is part of the wider Education Service, supports the development of sufficient good quality, affordable and flexible provision for young children within Southampton, as identified within Southampton’s ‘Childcare Sufficiency Assessment’.

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.

The service also delivers a wide range of continuous development opportunities for early years and childcare providers linked to individual providers’ needs, local and national initiatives and other identified areas for development.  Up to date information on provision across the city is maintained, and the service is able to act as brokers for parents looking for childcare and support.

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.

The Early Years and Childcare Service is based at:

Startpoint Sholing
Wood Close
SO19 0SG

Early Years and Childcare Team Manager: Darrin Hunter
Telephone 023 8083 2112

Assistant Team Manager: Karen Grove

The teams

The Early Years and Childcare Development Team SHOW

Southampton Family Information Service - FIS SHOW

Early Years Funding Team SHOW

Early Years Advisory Teachers/Area SENDCos SHOW

ECaT (Every Child a Talker) SHOW

ELG (Early Learning Group) Early Years Speech and Language Advisory Service SHOW

The Language Intervention Team (SALSA Outreach) SHOW