Welcome to Essex Early Years & Childcare Practitioner Information

Welcome to the information and guidance pages for providers and practitioners working in the early years and childcare sector in Essex.

Whether you are just starting out or want to progress your career, you will find full guidance on the steps you need to take.  There is also comprehensive information for anyone responsible for running a setting, from delivering free entitlement to recruiting and managing staff.  The information, resources, training and much more that we offer here are aimed at helping you develop best practice in your setting so that you gain and maintain an outstanding rating from Ofsted.

Remember to check the news and info section regularly to ensure you are up-to-date with all the latest news.

IMPORTANT - ACT NOW! Providers of FEEE, please note if we have not received the new September FEEE contract declaration from you; as well as the forecast for the autumn term, your Interim Payment will be withheld

IMPORTANT! Update from the Head of Commissioning Education and Lifelong Learning about the Quality Improvement Service

Provider Portal

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For information on how to use the provider portal, please click on the funding tab below.


You may need to register as a data controller, find out at ico.org.uk 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018.  The government has confirmed that the UK's decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. Keep up to date here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/