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Early Years and Childcare Support

Early Years and Childcare Support is committed to working in partnership with all Early Years providers, Early Years Locality Teams and professionals to achieve the highest standards of inclusive, quality early years provision for children and families. Early Years and Childcare Support seeks to provide a range of activities and services by working with all early years providers and the county’s network of Children’s Centres, which aim to improve parent and child attachment, child development, school readiness and the prevention of escalation to specialist services.

The government’s Early Help offer recognises that preventing problems or interventions as soon as they are identified is essential to support the development and achievement of children. Well targeted early intervention is likely to lead to better outcomes or improve a child’s resilience against poor outcomes. It is therefore critical that all Early Years providers across Lincolnshire are supported and challenged  to provide outstanding  inclusive, quality provision  for Lincolnshire’s youngest children in order that they all achieve ‘good’ outcomes at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage and have the necessary skills to enable them to achieve their potential throughout school and their adult life.  Early Years and Childcare Support work in partnership with the Early Years Locality teams to provide the following services that contribute to the Early Help offer;

  • Promoting and supporting the early identification of children aged 0-5 years with additional needs and disabilities in order to improve outcomes. This is implemented by Early Years Specialist Teachers working closely with SENCos to ensure early identification and intervention for children and their families.
  • Monitoring to ensure that effective early intervention and support for children and their families is provided in a timely manner. Support is given to settings to identify developmental delay in young children and provide additional support in a Children’s Centre or an early years setting to help children catch up with their peers.
  • Providing support and advice to promote school readiness and a smooth transition into school, seeking to ensure that all children are ‘school ready’ and in a position to learn and achieve in a school setting. The key focus of the work is on the delivery of early intervention and transition groups to promote school readiness.
  • Ensuring access to sufficient high quality, inclusive early learning and childcare for all children and specifically those aged 3 and 4 years of age who are entitled to the free Early Years Entitlement (EYE). In addition to this, the Service supports  the Local Authority’s duty to ensure the ‘Entitlement for Disadvantaged Two Year Olds’ is delivered to the most vulnerable families within the county and the allocation of Supported Childcare funding to vulnerable families.
  • Supporting settings to identify workforce development and providing programmes for continued professional development to enable the workforce to meet identified priorities for Early Help and for early intervention strategies.

Services are available to all early years providers including early years settings, schools, childminders, Out of School clubs and within Children’s Centres across Lincolnshire. Services can be accessed through the early years provision identified above,  or on request by emailing

Who to contact

Contact Name
Early Years and Childcare Support
01522 552752
Early Years and Childcare Support Website

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The service is available week days throughout the year.

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Specific age range
0 - 5 Years
Local Offer

Local Offer

The Family Information Service maintains the list of Ofsted-registered childcare in the county, although any information provided by us does not constitute a recommendation and you should satisfy yourself of the quality and standard of any service or childcare provider you contact so that it meets the needs of your family.

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