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Early Years Service

The Early Years Service is responsible for quality and sufficiency across early years provision, delivered through service level agreements with national 3rd sector organisations Pre-school Learning Alliance and Professional Association for Childcare in the Early Years (PACEY).

  • Commission the network of Children’s Centre across the Borough
  • Provide quality and development support to early years settings and providers including day nurseries, pre-schools, independent and maintained school nurseries, registered childminders and out of school clubs.
  • Works with local providers to ensure sufficiency of early years provision
  • Co-ordinates the provision of targeted 2 yr old funding and of universal 3 and 4 year funded place.
  • Workforce planning and development, including the analysis of the supply, demand and skills base of the children’s workforce.
  • Providing continuous professional development opportunities for the early years workforce
  • Co-ordinate Marvellous minders specialist childminding service for children with complex additional needs

1. Criteria for 2yr old funding – Parent/carer in receipt of one of the following Benefits or Credits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the Family Element
  • Support Under Part Vl of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Extra Working Tax Credit relating to a Disability or Pension Credit


 2. Meeting one of the additional criteria:

  • Child  in Need (CIN)
  • Exit from the Family Nurse Partnership
  • Professional defined referral for families in crisis or children with additional needs via Early Help Plan
  • Teenage parents who are not accessing ‘Care 2 Learn’
  • Looked After Children.

Who to contact

Early Years Department
01702 534200

Where to go

Name of venue
Southend Borough Council
Venue address
Civic Centre Victoria Avenue

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

 How to refer:

  • any providers can access the support
  • 3 & 4 yr old funding is universal so any child can access
  • 2 yr old funding – targeted with criteria, apply via Children’s Centres or Early Years Providers

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Parents / Carers and Families
SEN Provision Type

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Address: Civic Centre  Victoria Avenue  Southend-on-sea 

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