All childcare provision during the early years includes early education. Therefore, many parents choose to send their children to a childcare provider, whether or not they are in employment or training.
Within West Sussex the childcare sector is diverse, but predominantly consists of private businesses, voluntary run groups and childminders, with a small amount of Local Authority run provision. However, regardless of where the childcare is provided or who runs it, if they cater for children aged 0-5 they must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS is a set of Ofsted standards outlining the learning and development requirements for children aged 0-5. By following these standards, settings should tailor learning opportunities to meet the needs of each individual child.
We have created a Wiki called "Accessing Childcare" which can be accessed from the following link, which explains the help/support available in finding and accessing childcare in West Sussex
Looking for childcare?
- Social Support and Social Care / Workers
- Early Help (EH) - formerly Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH)
- Adoption and Fostering
- Supporting Siblings
- Short Breaks (Social Care)
- Childcare for children with SEND – what you can expect
- Registered Childcare
- 5-14 Childcare
- Concerns and complaints about Childcare
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