Early Years Foundation the statutory framework for those working
with children up to 5 years of age.
Find out more information.
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.
Find out about more resources to help you prepare for your audit or use the scales in your setting.
Worcestershire County Council provides free early education places for all three and four year old children within Worcestershire. Find out more information on Funding.
Find our more about the Inclusion, Equality and Diversity teams, and helpful tools such as the SENCo Toolkit.
Infection Control Guidelines for Early Years and Childcare (PDF
Information about Partnership Groups
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
Find out more information on Forum and Network Meetings.
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