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Information for Childcare Providers

This section of the site provides information for professionals.

We have a city-wide strategy for early years in Sheffield which has been developed in partnership by the City Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group, the voluntary sector and other partners.

It sets out the following priorities which you as childcare providers are critical partners in the delivery of.

The Best Start priorities are:

  • Babies and children have good health
  • Parents are resilient and any mental health issues are to be addressed at the earliest opportunity
  • Brain Development in Early Years is optimised by secure attachments and quality relationships
  • Children are ready for school and for life

SCC is committed to the development of high quality, inclusive, accessible and sustainable childcare services for all children and families regardless of where they live. It is important to provide children with the best possible start in life by ensuring that appropriate services are available which meet the particular needs of the child and their family. As a city we have a good range of good quality childcare. 89.6% of Sheffield PVI Childcare Providers and 83% of childminders received a Good or Outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2016.

As a local authority, we have a legal responsibility to ensure that there is sufficient quality childcare provision across the City to meet parental need or demand. We can provide you with information about the number of childcare places in different parts of the City and specific information about the amount and type of existing provision within your chosen area.

On these pages we will share with you news and good practice ideas that we hope you will find useful. - information about the childcare business grant – available to new settings who are planning to offer the new 30 hours free childcare

Please let us know what you would like to see here

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Support for Childminders – Child Minding Agencies

There is one childminding agency covering Sheffield - @Home Childcare Childminder Network in Sheffield

@Home Childcare are a quality assured, Ofsted registered childminder agency who provide their members with continuous practical support, training and regulation to develop a network of professional childminders.

They provide start-up support and training to applicants interested in becoming professional childminders. Once registered, childminders receive on-going support from a personal mentor and monitoring in the form of regular visits and annual inspections. 

For more information:

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2 Year old assessment tool. You will be required to submit your EYFS data for 2 year olds using this tool (link) from September. Have you registered to use this yet?

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