Work to provide access to flexible, affordable and high quality childcare for all
The Early Years Commissioning Team has duties under the Childcare Acts of 2006 and 2016 to ensure that there are a sufficient number of sustainable and high quality childcare places for children aged 0-19 and their families.
There are a sufficient number of childcare places in an area if there are enough childcare places available to meet the needs of working parents, and enough places for all eligible children to take up the Early Years Entitlement.
The team works with childminders, pre-schools, playgroups, day nurseries, out of school clubs and schools.
If you want information about 2 year old funding please visit our Paying for childcare page.
Information will be updated regularly and will include any important news from Ofsted.
Early Years Newsletter
Childcare Works presentations – 12 March 2019
Changing Lives Through Childcare presentation
Childcare matters presentation
Early Years Communities Induction Day
Early Years Communities Induction Day November 2018 presentation
EpiPen and EpiPen junior shortage
EpiPen and EpiPen Junior Guidance
Parent Guardian Letter
Somerset’s Strategy for Achieving Excellence for All
Vision and Priorities for Improvement – 2016 -2020
Early Years Strategy
Early Years Provider Information Evenings – Summer 2019
English as an Additional Language support
Somerset Early Years EAL Advisory Service
Advisory Service for English as an Additional Language available to all early years providers.
There are free services available to early years providers in Somerset for translation to help communicate more effectively with children and families. These services are provided by DA Languages and Diversity Voice. Diversity Voice offers translation into and from Polish. Translation for all other languages are offered by DA Languages.
Interpreting and Translation for Early Years services
Diversity Voice service – English
Diversity Voice service – Polish
D.A. Languages information
DA Languages telephone interpreting service
DA Languages booking instructions
DA Languages booking
Report an issue with translation services
Understanding health and education services
Paying for childcare
Types of childcare
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