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 setting.

 Funding

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 SENCo Toolkit

 Infection Control Guidelines

Worcestershire Infection Control Guidelines for Early Years and Childcare (PDF 1.13 MB)
Infection Control Guidelines

 Local Partnership Groups

Information about Partnership Groups

 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 Network Meetings.

 Training

Latest edition of Training Directory (PDF 188 KB) . Book early to avoid disappointment.