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Early Years and Out of School Quality Improvement Team

Support For Inclusive Childcare and Early Learning In Lambeth.

Childcare and Early Learning is provided by a number of different sorts of providers.

These are OFSTED registered childcare providers and they offer a range of different sorts of experiences in the home, pre-schools, day nurseries, schools and out of school

For a full list of what is available in Lambeth visit the Young Lambeth advance search.

The registration process is robust, including enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks (formerly CRB) , and Ofsted inspectors make non-scheduled or short notice visits to monitor the care and education provided. Parents are encouraged to ask the provider for a copy of their latest inspection reports which are also available on www.ofsted.gov.uk.

The Early Years and Out of School Quality Improvement Team

The Quality Improvement Team work with OFSTED registered providers in Lambeth. Their job is to promote high quality inclusive care, learning and development and to ensure that providers meet the legal requirements outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. For more information on the Framework visit here.

The Quality Improvement team consists of officers with expertise and knowledge in early learning, care and development. All have worked in a range of settings including home based care and learning, schools, nurseries and pre-schools and they have good local knowledge to support providers based within their locality areas.

The team delivers an annual training programme to early years practitioners that reflects emerging themes from national and/or local policy and supports providers to meet statutory requirements. Bespoke and targeted training or workshops based on analysis of visits and annual quality reviews are also available. In addition, the team offers support with early identification and monitoring progress for children with additional or emerging needs.

Inclusive and high quality practice across the early years sector is also supported by officers The team facilitate and support various events that focus on supporting providers to meet the needs of all children, particularly those with an emerging or identified need:

  • SENCO forum (for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators)
  • Child minding forum (for all registered child minders)
  • Early years forum (for leaders and managers working in Lambeth settings)

The team liaises closely with statutory agencies such as Children's Social Care and OFSTED (who regulate registered providers) to ensure that children's safety and welfare is prioritised. Officers will respond to complaints or concerns raised and are managed by School and Educational Improvement Consultants, who also support learning and development for early years in the maintained sector (nursery and reception classes and nursery schools).

For further information regarding the Quality Improvement Team, please contact Kathryn Shaw, Early Years and Out of School Lead;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07908 119 631.

Lambeth is committed to supporting all providers to fully include children who may be in need of additional support so that they can make the best possible progress.  The Strategic Lead for SEN and Disability in Early Years  is able to provide more specialist support and advice to providers of care and learning and make links with a broad range of practitioners and partners so that children have good outcomes.  The Strategic Lead works closely with colleagues in quality improvement and with other teams to ensure that all children are able to reach their full potential.

For further information regarding SEND support for early years providers, please contact Anne Jacobs, Strategic Lead for SEN and Disability (Early Years,) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07538 183 169.