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?
  • Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) briefings

The document below contains a list of the questions with answers from the recent briefing sessions held for Early Years and Childcare providers across Devon.

DAF Q&A's image - PDF icon (133KB - pdf help)

  • Safeguarding training

Please note - providers must attend safeguarding training that is approved by the DSCB.

If you are the Designated Safeguarding Officer or Deputy in your setting you will need to undertake the DSCB Group 3 Inter-agency Child Protection training (e-learning followed by a one day taught course). Within three years you will need to refresh your training by attending the Designated Officers Child Protection Refresher training (one day taught course delivered by the Early Years Team). Both courses are fully funded.  To book or for full details please visit CPD online.

  • Equivalency tests for EYTS pathways

The University of St Mark & St John (Marjons) have released dates for the equivalency tests needed for entry on to an Early Years Teacher Status pathway. The dates are: 23 July (am - Maths, pm- English) and 24 July (am - Science). The cost is £60 per test. To book your place email admission@marjon.ac.uk

  • Have Your Say on Two Year Olds: the TACTYC Workforce and Quality Survey

The ‘Workforce and Quality for Two Year Olds’ survey is being launched this week as part of a research study funded by TACTYC and being carried out by the Universities of Plymouth and Oxford. The overall study aims to inform the roll-out of the early education programme for two year olds. Through the online survey, we want to find out who is working with two year olds: what are their qualifications and experience, how well prepared do they feel to meet the needs of two year olds and their families, and what additional support is needed?
If you are a practitioner, leader or manager of a setting or school providing for two year olds (whether or not you offer funded places) you can find the survey here.

  • Job Vacancy Service update

There is now a charge of £20 to place your early years and childcare vacancy. Please read the job vacancy service document for more information.

This statutory framework comes into force from 1 September 2014 and will replace the current EYFS Framework published in 2012. The document attached contains details of the changes.  EYFS changes. image - PDF icon (280KB - pdf help)

  • 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.

  • 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: 01392 385530

Key Publications / Downloads

DISC SureStart Children's Centres