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How childcare providers are represented at decision-making bodies and how providers' voices can be heard

IntroductionThe Early Years PartnershipEarly Years Communities



This page tells you how childcare providers are represented at decision-making bodies and how providers’ voices can be heard.

The Early Years Partnership

Professionals with an interest in the early year’s agenda meet together with representatives from the early years workforce to share information and agree on joint strategies to improve outcomes for all children, young people and their families.

The partnership provides a forum to facilitate collaborative working and this group feeds into the Early Years sub group.

Early Years Communities

There are 11 geographical Early Years Communities across the county. In each of these communities, there are a minimum of 4 lead practitioners who will form the Early Years Community Committee. These leads represent the different early year’s sectors Schools, Nurseries and Pre-schools, Childminders and Health links.

The Early Years Community leads work together to provide a strong communication channel within their communities to ensure the sector has an equitable and consistent opportunity to engage across Somerset.

The purpose of the Early Years Communities is to

  • raise attainment levels, supporting children to have good levels of development
  • support practitioners with continual professional development
  • support peer-to-peer learning
  • share good practice
  • represent Early Years Provider’s voice within Somerset Council.

The Early Years Communities hold regular CPD events, by coming together they are able to share knowledge, skills and specialisms, provide informal peer-to-peer support and have a collective buying power for resources and training.

Early Years Communities Map

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Early Years Community LeadRoleEmail
Ansford and Wincanton
Catherine McMenaman Childminder

Norma Anslem Evercreech, Lovington and Acorns Preschool

Rebecca Kilburn Wincanton Primary

Samantha Davey North Cadbury Primary

Toyah Bainbridge Evercreech Primary

Allison Marker Childminder

Tracy Gill Little Oaks Nursery

Lucy Luke Wembdon St George’s Primary

Nicki Baxter Little Oaks Nursery

Kirsty Hobbs Little Crickets Nursery

Laura Mann Cannington Primary

Burnham and Cheddar
Andrew Rose Childminder

Bev Tweedie East Brent Preschool

Cheryl Bull Mark First and Preschool Academy

Hayley Richens Brent Knoll Primary

Katie Turner East Brent School

Samantha Wade Cheddar First School

Sharmaine Raymond Fairstart Nursery

Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster
Carly North Herne View School

Cheryl Herrick Herne View School

Claire Oaten Herne View School

James Langdon Herne View School

Frome and Shepton Mallet
Claire Dargie Shepton Mallet Infants and Nursery

Honoria Thompson Shepton Mallet Infants and Nursery

Sara O’Connor Trinity First School

Amanda Seager Trinity First School

Huish Episcopi
Sue Gutteridge Sunshine Morning Nursery

Street, Glastonbury and Wells
Leanne Lamb Jabberwocky Nursery

Laura Richards St Dunstan’s Honeybees

Lauren Edwards St Dunstan’s Honeybees

Sarah Priddice

Kerry Sweet

Rachel Gadd Childminder

Caroline Perrin Childminder

Gemma Roberts Little Explorers Day Nursery

Wellington and Wiveliscombe
Becky Allder Stawley Preschool

Rebecca Batten Fledglings Nursery

West Somerset
Jo Buck Cheeky Cherubs Nursery

Rachel Blundell Childminder

Emma Murch Old Cleeve School

Kim Duller Yeovil Opportunity Group

Sara Fennelly Somerset Skills and Learning

Louise King Ilchester Primary

Last reviewed: May 18, 2023 by Qi

Next review due: November 18, 2023

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