Early Years and Childcare Service

The Early Years and Childcare Service has responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years, childcare and children centre provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. For more information on the services provided please access our website pages below:







What's new?

This statutory framework comes into force from 1 September 2014 and will replace the current EYFS Framework published in 2012.

  • 2gether Eligibility Extended

The Government is planning to extend the eligibility criteria for free childcare for 2 year olds, in Devon known as 2gether, with effect from 1 September 2014 and we are looking to see if all or some of that can be introduced earlier. As a first step with immediate effect Devon’s Looked After Children, those that have left care through special guardianship or through adoption or residence order, are eligible. For full details visit the DISC website.

  • Job Vacancy Service update

From 1 April 2014 there will be a charge of £20 to place your early years and childcare vacancy. Please read the job vacancy service document for more information.

  • Childminder agencies and changes to the local authority role- government consultation

This consultation seeks views on changes to the provision of early education and childcare as a result of measures in the Children and Families Act 2014. The measures in the Act were set out in the report 'More Great Childcare' published by the Department for Education on 29 January 2013 and 'More Affordable Childcare' published on 16 July 2013.

Closing date 22nd May 2014. The consultation documents can be accessed here.

This document published February 2014 sets out the government's response to the consultation into the regulation of childcare.

This is a consultation on Ofsted's proposal to introduce a separate graded judgement about the overall effectiveness of Nursery and Reception classes in the inspection framework for maintained schools and academies

  • Safer Recruitment training

The Early Years & Childcare Service have announced dates for this short taught course. For more information and to book please visit the training website.

  • Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

For all the latest information on EYTS please visit our training pages.

Contact Us

Early Years and Childcare Service
Room 170, County Hall
Topsham Road

Tel: 0800 056 3666

Key Publications / Downloads

DISC SureStart Children's Centres