Somerset County Council

Early Years and Childcare


The Early Years Commissioning Team has duties under the Childcare Acts of 2006 and 2016 to ensure that there are a sufficient number of sustainable and high quality childcare places for children aged 0-19 and their families.

There are a sufficient number of childcare places in an area if there are enough childcare places available to meet the needs of working parents, and enough places for all eligible children to take up the Early Years Entitlement.

The team works with childminders, pre-schools, playgroups, day nurseries, out of school clubs and schools.

What we do 

Early years news and updates 

  • E-bulletin of legislative changes and latest news relating to Early Years
  • 'News and Views' newsletter
  • The latest updates from "Ofsted"
  • Course information for Providers
  • Resources for providers

Business and Committee Support

  • Advice on business sustainability and financial planning
  • Support Committees with effective practice and legislative requirements
  • Inclusion funding for holiday play-schemes and out of school provision
  • Support and advice for providers setting up new childcare provisions
  • Provide support and guidance to Out of School provision 6-19 

Information for Out of School Childcare Providers

  • Provide support
  • Provide resources
  • Details of Network meetings
  • Ofsted updates

Working with children

  • How to become a childminder
  • How to advertise job vacancies
  • Continuing professional development  

Childcare Sufficiency Assessments

  • Report on childcare sufficiency in Somerset
  • Local area sufficiency assessments available on request 

Support with childcare costs for parents 

  • Funded places for two-year olds
  • Funded places for all three and four-year olds
  • Other support available for childcare costs 

Free School Meals and Funding for 2 Year Olds 

  • Application form for funded places for two-year olds and free school meals 

Children's Centres 

  • Programmes and timetables for Children's centres in Somerset
  • Details on closures

Laws and regulation


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