Tag Archives: Early Years

A month left to give views on proposed changes to services for children and their families

There’s still one month left for people to share their views about proposed changes to the support Somerset County Council provides to some children and families. Hundreds of people have already taken part in the consultation on potential changes to the getset Service; but more feedback, comments and views are wanted before the deadline of […]

New nursery comes to Neroche

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce the opening of ‘First Friends’, a new nursery facility based at Neroche School in Broadway, llminster An official opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday November 7 at 3.00 pm and will be attended by Gemma Verdon, Junior Member for Children and local County Councillor Linda Piggott-Vijey. The […]

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 […]

Somerset superstars honoured at national Nursery World Awards

Two Somerset early years superstars have been honoured at this year’s Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish, a nursery manager, and Rebecca Lihou, a childminder, were both nominated for the prestigious awards by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. After being shortlisted […]

Putting Somerset on the map at Nursery World Awards

Two early years professionals from Somerset have made it to the finals of the the annual Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish and Rebecca Lihou were both nominated by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. Rachel and Rebecca’s nominations are supported by […]

Planning for your future childcare needs

Working parents of three and four year olds will receive 30 hours of funded childcare per week from September 2017. Somerset County Council wants to hear what families have to say on these plans and find out what their childcare needs are. New legislation from the government will allow parents, who work at least 16 […]

A male childminder speaks out

A male childminder from Somerset is encouraging others interested in making a difference to a child’s Early Years development to follow in his footsteps. Somerset County Council is calling for individuals to consider childminding as a rewarding career with many benefits. These include working from home, and having a positive impact on children’s learning and […]

Glowing Ofsted result for ‘turn-around’ Taunton nursery

A Taunton nursery has been given a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted just six months after “inspirational” staff began work to turn it around. Somerset County Council’s Circles Nursery, based in the Halcon area, has been commended by Ofsted following its March inspection. The result is a fantastic turn-around for Circles Nursery, which received an ‘inadequate’ […]

Somerset in top ten for promoting early learning among vulnerable

Somerset County Council’s work in helping vulnerable children access free early learning has been recognised at a national level for the second time in 12 months. All families of two-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds who meet nationally-identified eligibility criteria can apply for up to 570 hours per year of funded early learning places at a range […]

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 […]