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?
  • Scarlet Fever

Public Health England has notified us that the incidence of Scarlet fever has increased by more than 50% since the New Year. They have asked us to increase awareness of the condition so that parents seek prompt treatment for any affected children, and ask that any outbreaks are notified to Public Health England for any necessary action. Tel: 0344 225 3557

Scarlet Fever Factsheet image - PDF icon (759KB - pdf help)

  • Better inspection for all consultation response

This report summarises the responses to Ofsted’s ‘Better inspection for all’ consultation, which ran from 9 October to 5 December 2014.  

Better inspection for all image - PDF icon (726KB - pdf help) (Feb 2015)

  • Early Years Leaders CPD Session - course dates available

A professional development opportunity at graduate level for Early Years Professionals, Early Years Teachers and Early Years Leaders to continuously develop themselves and their team by making a difference to the children and families within their settings. (2 March - Barnstaple, 5 March - Newton Abbot).

To book your place please visit the training website.

  • Safeguarding Training - do you know which is the right course for you?

If you are unsure which safeguarding training you need to attend please see our handy Safeguarding Training Guide image - PDF icon (44KB - pdf help).

  • 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.

Contact Us

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

Tel: 01392 385530

Key Publications / Downloads

DISC SureStart Children's Centres