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Childcare boost for Somerset families thanks to successful bid for £1.5m

Nearly 200 working families across Somerset will have access to an additional 30 hours of free childcare per week, as six projects to extend early years provision in the County are given much-needed funding from government. Somerset County Council worked in partnership with six nurseries and pre-schools in Somerset to successfully bid for a combined […]

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Funding for West Somerset to boost opportunities for children and young people

Somerset County Council has secured a share of £60 million of funding from government to help local children in West Somerset get the best start in life. West Somerset is one of six areas in the country to have access to the funding to address the biggest challenges they face, including social mobility and educational […]

Ofsted highlights progress in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s children’s services have been used as an example of good practice in Ofsted’s latest national annual report. In its third annual report into the state of social care in England, the watchdog highlights the authority’s focus on manageable workloads, saying Somerset “has recognised the importance of reducing the workloads of its social […]

Step Up to Social Work in Somerset

Graduates are being given the chance to change their career path this World Social Work Day (Tuesday 17 March) and make a difference to children’s lives in Somerset by Stepping Up to Social Work. Somerset County Council, in partnership with other local authorities across the South West, has successfully bid for more than £1.6 million […]

Government praises Somerset’s ‘commendable achievement’

Somerset County Council’s work in helping children access free early learning has been praised by the Department for Education. All families with two-year-olds who meet nationally-identified eligibility criteria can apply for funded early learning places, and it is up to local authorities to make sure sufficient places are available and to make sure eligible parents […]