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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.

  • Setting up and running a childcare business 

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

  • Training and Professional Development 

    Information about qualifications and training courses.

  • Childcare practice 

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

  • FEEE information for providers 

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

  • Latest news 

    Latest news, national and local information through Provider Update Eblasts and details from the termly provider briefing sessions.

  • Safeguarding 

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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Out of School providers (OOS) 

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

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