Somerset County Council

Supporting your Early Years business


All early years business owners and voluntary management committees have responsibility for management, finances and employment of staff in their childcare provision. The experienced Early Years Improvement Team offer support for your early years business and early years committees through meetings with committees, visits to childcare providers, phone and email support. 

Areas where they can help include:

  • Practical advice on marketing, policies and charging for childcare
  • Staffing issues – Mediation of disputes
  • Recruitment – Supporting the process 
  • Sustainability concerns or issues – the earlier these are raised the better!

We also deliver a wide range of workshops to help you with all aspects of your Early Years Business and Committees. The workshops are available throughout the year at venues across the county. 

To find out more about the workshop available to your business and committee please download the Business Development Workshop Brochure  

To book onto any of the Business Development Workshops please complete a Early Years Improvment Workshop Booking Form. 

Bespoke Workshops 
The Early Years Improvement team can provide bespoke professional development workshops for your setting and committee. The bespoke workshop can be delivered at your setting when you have an inset day or on an evening.  

£100 for 2 hours 
If you are able to provide a suitable venue for the professional development workshops to be delivered the cost will be reduced to £80 for 2 hours.

This price includes tutor and materials including individual learner certificates. 

As well as the workshops covered in the brochure we can provide a range of topics which are individual to your setting. Topics that could be covered in bespoke workshops are:

  • Teamwork
  • Creating your business plan
  • Tailor-made committee training

For more information about the support and workshops on offer to your early years business and committees, contact the Early Years Improvement Team on 01823 35 7359.

We have developed a range of online resources to help you with all aspects of your Early Years Business. Please browse the subject headings to find documents to help you. Additional and updated documents are added regularly, so please check back often.

‘Welcome to Somerset’ is a resource for parents of children with English as an additional language.
A new film clip has been produced which gives brief information about childcare options in Somerset, in English and 10 other languages. There is also a pack of information that early years providers can share with parents and carers whose first language is not English.

Please visit  - find 'Our services' in the right hand menu and then find 'EAL - Welcome to Somerset' to download the information.

Human Resources (including date modified) 


Safeguarding (including date modified) 

Business Planning (including date modified) 

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) - Early Years

Guidance document and audit criteria to support early years providers and schools when making a ‘High Needs’ funding application for Foundation Stage children. This document replaces all previous guidance issued. 

Early Years Committee Information   

Racial Incident Reporting 
Any incident at your setting that has a racial element should be reported to the Local Authority using the Racial Incident Recording Sheet which can be found in the Information and resources section.  The form can also be obtained from the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) by going to their website and going to the Our Services tab then General Resources.

Advice regarding what constitutes a racial incident and support in managing incidents of this nature can be obtained from the PLA.  Please contact them using the email address


Contact: Early Years Improvement
Address: Support Services for Education, Cheddon Road, Taunton, TA2 7QP 
Phone: 01823 348266
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday closed

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