Early Years

Important COVID-19 update for Early Years staff

COVID-19 testing centres are now open for Early Years staff to book a test: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and how to get a test (Worcestershire County Council website, opens in a new window)

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.

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

Business support
Email: CShotton@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk
Telephone: 01905 844441

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