Information for Providers
For Early Years and Childcare Providers
Early Years Foundation Stage
Early Years Foundation the statutory framework for those working
with children up to 5 years of age.
Find out more information.
Environment Rating Scales
The Environment Rating Scales are internationally recognised
evidence-based quality improvement tools, specifically designed for
the childcare environment. Originally developed (with the exception
of ECERS-E) in America, the scales are now used internationally,
and they enable settings to evaluate their environment and
provision, and identify clear steps for development in order to
improve outcomes for children.
Early Years officers have been conducting FCCERS audits with
childminders and ECERS audits in group settings since 2010.
In response to feedback from providers, we have been supporting
settings with their own ECERS audits and many practitioners and
managers have attended ECERS co-audit training.
We are also now inviting settings to take part in an ITERS
co-audit, and a number of managers and room supervisors have
attended co-audit training. ITERS looks at the provision for
children under two and a half, and we began audits in February
2014. There will be further co-audit training and audits
available to more settings throughout 2014.
Find out about more resources to help
you prepare for your audit or use the scales in your
Worcestershire County Council provides free
early education places for all three and four year old
children within Worcestershire. Find out more information on Funding.
Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
Find our more about the Inclusion,
Equality and Diversity teams, and helpful tools such as the
Infection Control Guidelines
Infection Control Guidelines for Early Years and Childcare (PDF
Local Partnership Groups
Information about Partnership
Out of School Provision
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
Since April 2008, the government has placed a statutory duty on
all local authorities to ensure that there is sufficient
childcare in their area. Find out more information
Forum and Network Meeting Information
Find out more information on Forum and
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