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Support for early years settings

How can early years settings be supported?

Staffordshire County Council provide a range of guidance and support from our dedicated Early Years Quality and Sufficiency Support Consultants (EYQSST) and SENIS Team (EY SENCo). These services were formerly based at Entrust but have moved back to Staffordshire County Council.

Below you will find information on some of the support available and useful documentation.

Early Years Quality Support and Market Development and Sufficiency

The Early Years Team is able to provide advice, guidance and support to early years providers, including private, voluntary and independent settings, childminders and schools, who offer places to children from 0-5 years old.

This covers both sufficiency and market development and quality, safeguarding and welfare and can include areas such as setting up a childcare business, expanding current provision, targeted support relating to actions identified from an Ofsted inspection, early years sector workshops and network meetings.

Email Early Years Quality and Sufficiency Support Team

  • Early Years Market Development and Sufficiency  - for further information please visit our page

  • Early Years Quality Support - For further information relating to Early Years Settings, Childminders and Schools please visit our page.

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Service (SENIS)

The SENIS Team can help support settings, your staff and pupils to overcome barriers to learning. From those who need to ‘catch up’, to those who have complex profiles. We look to improve outcomes by providing expert support, advice and guidance.

To request advice, make a referral and access other useful supporting information please visit the EY SENIS page.

 Additional information for Early Years Settings

Applying for Early Education Funding (EEF)

Early years providers can offer funded childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and apply to Staffordshire County Council, providers can download the relevant forms to complete.

EEF Toolkit Guide and resources to help you advertise funded hours

Download our handy toolkit (3.6MB) for a quick guide that explains the funded hour entitlements and what is available to help families with childcare costs. A resources pack is included to help early years settings advertise their funded offer.

We also have a new leaflet that explains funded hours for parents.

Information on payment and headcount dates, conditions and funding FAQs, parent declaration form and other documents can be found on our dedicated EEF page.

Free advertising for your childcare business

Your business can get free online advertising through the Staffordshire Connects website.

This is a very popular site used by parents looking for childcare. Through this site you can register to gain access to an account for your childcare record already provided to us by Ofsted.

This will enable you to make changes to your record such as:

  • vacancies
  • costs
  • opening hours
  • school drop off / pick up
  • facilities
  • inclusion

It is an easy process to register.

Once registered providers can log into their account and will be able to update their setting records.

* updating your address, public listed telephone number or email addresses you will need to contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231.

Contact us: EEAC

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