Message from Claire Rockliffe, Head of Devon Early Years and Childcare Service

To all Early Years and Childcare Providers

After working in Devon Early Years and Childcare service for the last 22 years I am now retiring leaving on July 29th.

I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for all that you do for our young children and families. Over the years that I’ve been in post there have been so many changes and developments which you have been involved in. These have included the introduction of four-year-old education funding, then funding for three-year-olds ,for two-year-olds, the introduction of the extended entitlement, and changes to the EYFS and OFSTED requirements.

Much has been demanded of you with all these changes and you have been responsive, enthusiastic and professional. You have offered the highest quality provision which we all know is vital for children as this provides the foundation for their future learning .I am extremely proud of the way you have all risen to the challenges and this includes the most challenging of circumstances with the recent Covid pandemic.

I have so enjoyed working with you all and have valued your warmth, energy, passion and commitment.

I would like to thank you most sincerely for all you have done and achieved over the years. It has been an absolute pleasure to work in Early Years. I will always keep an interest in what is happening for our young children in Devon especially as I am now a Granny!

Wishing you all the very best,

Claire Rockliffe