The Early Years Team works within School Access and Learning as part of the Children and Adults Directorate. The Team's purpose is to support the Family Nottingham Plan, support the provision of funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and deliver on the various statutory duties placed on the Local Authority by relevant legislation.

The Early Years Team works within School Access and Learning as part of the Children and Adults Directorate. Its purpose is to:

  • Support Family Nottingham and contribute to the safeguarding of children and young people, ensuring that all children and young people thrive and achieve in education, training and employment
  • Support the provision of funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year old children
  • Deliver on the Local Authority duties under the Childcare Act 2006 (amendments to this Act contained within the Education Act 2011 and the Children and Families Act 2014)

Deliver on the Local Authority duties under the Education Act 2011 in regards to;

  • Provision of funded places for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year-olds
  • Training and moderation to support the completion of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profiles (EYFSP) in line with current guidance
  • Deliver on the Local Authority duties under the Children and Families Act in regards to ongoing training and support for SEND Code of Practice 2014
  • Deliver on the Local Authority duties under the Childcare Act 2016 in regards to the 30 hour offer

 

Our work supports schools and early years settings, including day nurseries, pre-schools, nursery school, foundation stage provision in schools, academies, free and independent schools, out of school provision and childminders. A summary of our current work priorities for 2016/17:

 

  • Provide a programme of training, mentoring, advice and challenge to enable early years practitioners to develop and sustain the quality of their services in order to improve and sustain Ofsted grades to good or outstanding across the sectors.
  • Maintain a Directory of Providers, who have an appropriate level of quality in order to offer 2, 3 and 4 year old funded places
  • Attend settings Ofsted inspection feedback as stipulated in the Funding Agreement across the sectors (excluding childminders).
  • Provide support to proposed childcare providers through a revised pathway to registration programme meeting the needs of sustaining the number of places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
  • Ensure sufficient childcare places – particularly funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
  • Ensure providers in receipt of Early Years funding for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds understand and adhere to the requirements within the Early Years Funding Agreement and the Local Code of Practice (developed in accordance to  the Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities September 2013)
  • Continue to develop the strategy on ‘sold services’ which includes: core training, Early Years Conferences and other CPD training programmes for schools, academies, PVCI settings and childminders
  • Moderation of the EYFSP to include initial briefings in line with the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) guidance, agreement trialling and moderation visits in line with current guidance.
  • Continue to deliver and develop a range of communication strategies to ensure all sectors are kept abreast of new legislation, practice guidance and funding issues.
  • Work with Health to embed the Integrated Review at age 2 years
  • Review and deliver a SEND offer for 0 to 5’s in line with the SEND Code of Practice 2014
  • implement the High Level Delivery Plan relating to the introduction of the 30 hour offer as a Local Authority Early Implementer Innovator area, as selected by the DfE