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Early learning and childcare

Early Learning and Childcare Service

For current childcare practitioners and those wishing to enter the sector. Find information about the Early Years Foundation Stage, recruitment, training, funding, starting a career in childcare, as well as handy hints and the latest industry news.

Childcare jobs 

  • Childcare practice 

    Supporting providers with guidance, information, partner links and templates that relate to the four Ofsted inspection outcomes in the common inspection framework.

  • Training and Professional Development 

    Information about qualifications and training courses.

  • Setting up and running a childcare business 

    Our business development advisors can help you to build your business and keep it profitable.

  • School readiness toolkit 

    Information for early years providers and schools to support school readiness

  • School readiness - information for parents 

    Information for parents on how to prepare their child for school.

  • FEEE information for providers 

    Tools and information to help providers administer FEEE successfully, including 30 hours extended FEEE.

  • Latest news 

    Local and national early years news including training opportunities, safeguarding updates and Funding advice and guidance.

  • Support from the Local Authority 

    Find contact details and how the Early Learning and Childcare Service supports new and existing childcare providers to improve outcomes for children.

  • Safeguarding 

    Guidance information from the LSCB, DfE, Ofsted and partner organisations.

  • Children in Care 

    If you are an early years provider you may have a Child in Care (CiC) attending your setting.

  • SEND - the Local Offer 

    Information for schools and settings about providing and managing Leicestershire's 'Local Offer' for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Out of School providers (OOS) 

    For childcare providers who give Out of School care for children in Leicestershire.

  • Recruitment and Retention of Staff 

    For owners / managers, childcare staff and those wanting to enter the sector. Advice and guidance on all areas of the recruitment process, from individuals starting a career in childcare to employers safe recruitment and retaining quality staff.

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