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Early Years Service
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Information for providers

This section is for all early years' providers, including nurseries, pre-schools, crèches, childminders, and out of school provision. They will provide you with information and documents about various national and local programmes that are relevant to your area of work.

Aims of Early Years Service

Overview of the Early Years Service aims, including strategies and policies.

Children's Centres

Information on each Children's Centre, including timetables and contact details.

Early Years Foundation Stage

All schools and registered early years providers in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This page contains information regarding the statutory framework and practice guidance.

Learning and development

Supportive information and documents regarding the learning and development, including information for primary schools, learning journeys, every child a talker, the toddler toolkit, observations tools and many more resources.

Safeguarding and welfare

Information and documents regarding safeguarding, including national guidance, and safeguarding bulletins from the early years service. This section also includes guidance on Ofsted, how to access the Early Years HR support, setting up a child care provision and equality and inclusion guidance

Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard is a self-evaluation framework and was introduced in Bristol in 2000, it encourages providers to be reflective and supports them through a journey of continuous improvement.

Business information

Information for individuals and schools wishing to establish a childcare business, supportive documents and links to additional information are included in this section. Support information is also available for Trustees and Directors who are managing a childcare business.

Information updates

This information is for the provider sector (pre-schools, nurseries, out of school clubs and childminders).


This page contains the training programme and information and flyers about current training courses and conferences available to early years practitioners including approved paediatric first aid providers. It provides information on the graduate leaders fund and Early Years Professional Status.

Me2 information

This page contains information regarding the two year old funding scheme. A request form is available to download along with a document containing some frequently asked questions.

Early years provider portal

Information about the self-service facility that can be used by early years providers to submit their headcount information to the Council.