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Early Years Foundation Stage

Every early years providers should have a copy of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

You can keep up to date with any developments in the early years sector via Foundation Years

Links to useful information:

Fundamental British Values in the Early Years



Safeguarding is much more than child protection. It includes all the necessary steps a provider must take to keep children safe and well.

Links to useful information:

Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)

Cheshire West and Chester Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual 

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills setting

Early Years Bulletin

Funded Childcare Newsletters

Childminder Newsletters

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2017/2018

This is the latest Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for Cheshire West and Chester. The Assessments have been published regularly since the creation of the Council in 2007. The Assessments became a statutory duty of the Childcare Act 2006[1]. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is a detailed study into the supply and demand of childcare within Cheshire West and Chester and is a vital tool to share information with the public, local authority officers, elected members and the childcare market itself.

Within the CSA are a number of elements that contribute towards the Council’s objectives for children and their families:

  • An assessment of the childcare places available and the take up of childcare and early education to help ensure every child has the best start in life.
  • The identification of opportunities for children most at risk of poor outcomes, promoting social mobility to help children reach their full potential.
  • Consideration of the availability of childcare and its role in removing barriers for parents to work and make contributions to the local economy.
  • Evaluation of the quality, health and sustainability of the local childcare and early education sector in the current climate of change.

For more informaiton view: Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2017 / 2018

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