Early Years Service - Information for Parents

About Early Years

Toddler investigating a plant

The Childcare Act 2006, places a variety of duties on all local authorities. There are a number of services across the Isle of Wight that focus on ‘Early Years’ which is usually defined as children up to the age of 5. The aim of these services is to make sure children and their families can access high quality childcare and early education to achieve the best outcomes in life.

The Early Years Advisory team has responsibilities for supporting high quality Early Years and childcare provisions across the Isle of Wight, including schools in their practice and provision (learning, development, safeguarding and welfare).

We believe that children and young people deserve the best opportunities to reach their full potential and our service aims to provide effective advice and support to enable improved outcomes for all children and raise their aspirations. We work alongside key partners to promote a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach to the development of Early Years Services.