Somerset County Council

Early Years Promoting Equality and Diversity


English as an additional language (EAL) Advisory Service

Early years providers can access advice, guidance and support relating to EAL families and children in Somerset. This service is provided by the Pre -school Learning Alliance - please visit their website to view the full offer.

‘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.

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 you can find in the Information and resources section of this page. You can also get the form from the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) by visiting their website and going to the Our Services tab, then General Resources.

You can get advice from the PLA about what constitutes a racial incident and support in managing incidents of this nature. Please email them at

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) - Early Years

Area SENCO contacts 

Somerset’s Local Offer 

The SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 years


Contact: Early Years Commissioning
Address: B2 South, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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