Early Years

About our service

The Early Years team works with early years and childcare settings in Worcestershire to ensure all children access high quality early years education and care to support individual children to achieve their maximum potential in learning and development.

Special School Reception places for September 2022

There is higher demand for Special School Reception places for September 2022, as a result Worcestershire Children First have had to make alternative arrangements for nursery assessment provision in September 2022.

We are working with each Special School and the Early Years Inclusion Team and will include health partners to develop solutions which identify need and ensure the right level of support is in place for children on their entry to school.

Fort Royal Community Primary and The Vale of Evesham Special Schools are altering the delivery model of Nursery Assessment in September 2022.  This will increase the support to mainstream early years settings to both help them meet your child’s needs and ensure the nursery assessment is well informed. Families of children who have been offered this assessment and support will receive a letter/email from the SEND service.

Fort Royal Community Primary and The Vale of Evesham nursery assessment provision will be delivered via outreach services and/or the Early Years Inclusion Team within community mainstream early years settings and not onsite.

For those children offered a place at Wyre Forest Special School Nursery provision and Batchley Nursery Plus, they will be completing the nursery assessment on-site, in discussion with and involving your child’s mainstream early years setting (if attending).  Families of children who have been offered an onsite assessment will have been contacted by Wyre Forest or Batchley schools.

For children where it was not possible to offer an onsite nursery assessment at Wyre Forest Special School Nursery provision and Batchley Nursery Plus, they will be supported in their mainstream early years setting by the Early Years Inclusion Team.

We appreciate this may cause some uncertainty for parent carers and early years providers.  We are actively working to ensure the right support is in place for the pre-school children this applies to.  Individual communication will be sent to parent carers and early years settings confirming the nursery assessment provision available for individual children.  For any pre-school children not currently attending a mainstream early years setting, support will be provided to identify provision.

What is a childcare setting?

Settings include childminders, maintained school nurseries, school run non-maintained, out of school, private, voluntary and independent childcare providers, as well as childminder agencies.

Our Aims

  • the number of children achieving a ‘good level of development’ at the end of the foundation stage is above the national average
  • settings judged less than good are supported and improving
  • the number of settings judged good or outstanding is above the national average
  • new settings are meeting regulatory requirements and achieving high standards
  • families are able to access their children’s funded place in a setting which is at least good

Support for settings

Worcestershire Children First Education Services for early years will:

  • support the sustainability of settings and the availability of childcare places through business support and the management of nursery education funding
  • for example by identifying opportunities to increase places and manage costs
  • support high quality provision across the county by providing a range of universal services such as briefings and clusters, and providing resources via the web site and the bulletin
  • support the improvement of settings not yet judged good with the allocation of an Improvement Adviser
  • support newly registered providers in meeting the regulatory requirements and achieve high standards of quality, through training and the allocation of an Improvement Adviser
  • support settings with large numbers of disadvantaged children in order to ensure that those children have the best possible opportunity to reach their potential
  • support 3 an 4 year olds with the most complex needs (children known to pre-school forum)
  • provide safeguarding support

Contact details

Early years inclusion
Email: eyinclusion@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk 
Telephone: 01905 843099

Early years improvement advisers
Email: EYCC@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk 
Telephone: 01905 844048

Nursery education funding
Email: NEF@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk
Telephone: 01905 844441

Training
Email: WorkforceSupport@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk
Telephone: 01905 844420