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Support for childcare providers

What is Entrust?

Entrust are the education partner of Staffordshire County Council. They provide a whole range of advice, support and training for early years providers such as schools, nurseries, preschools and childminders.

Below you will find some key information on the type of support a childcare provider could receive via Entrust.

Contact Entrust

Phone: 0333 300 1900

Email: Entrust enquiries

Website: Entrust website (go to Services tab then Early Years Services)

Thinking about becoming a childminder and where to start

Interested in becoming a childminder in Staffordshire? If so Entrust have created a useful guide which provides information about the costs, expectations and training that is involved, and questions to ask yourself before embarking on the journey to become a childminder.

Please read through the guide and if you are interested in proceeding with registration you should email or telephone Entrust who you can help on your pathway.

Setting up a childcare business: nursery, preschool, wraparound

There is more to registering and operating as a childcare provider than many people think.

This guide produced by Entrust gives information about legal obligations, expectations and training that is involved before embarking on the journey to become a provider of quality childcare. The guide is suitable for people working in the private, voluntary and independent sector.

The Entrust Early Years Business Team can also advise you on the business aspects of childcare provision. Specifically looking at areas where childcare is needed.

Local data and local sufficiency information is available for prospective providers to review.

Early Years training and qualifications

Entrust can support you and your staff to remain up-to-date with the latest information on continuing professional development and qualifications that will help your childcare business to achieve the highest quality and outcomes.

See more information on:

Staffordshire leaders' and managers' network meetings

Networking with like-minded professionals can be very supportive as you are able to discuss topics and share information. The sessions are held on a termly basis and are normally located in an early years setting in each district.

The sessions are facilitated by a lead practitioner from an early years setting and an Entrust Early Years Quality Support Consultant is available to provide a sector update. Contact them for further details.

Applying for Early Education Funding (EEF)

If you are a childcare provider and you wish to register to offer funded childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, providers can download the relevant forms to complete.

Payment enquiries for Early Education Funding

If you are already registered for EEF and you have any finance related queries, contact the EEF Finance Team:

Phone: 01785 854009 

Email: EEF portal

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 free of charge 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 childcare provider can log into your account and will be able to update vacancies, opening hours, childcare costs and much more.

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

Further information

For further information on registering please contact us:
Email: EEAC

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