National Survey

Help us to shape the support Early Years settings receive and improve the lives of our littlest people!

We want to hear from the wonderful Early Years staff working in Reception and Nursery Classes in schools, Private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings, Childminders, pre-schools, playgroups, children’s centres or any other similar setting.

This survey is open to anyone working in an Early Years setting in England. You can be working at any level. Respondents can even be apprentices or trainees.

As a thank you for your time, each entry or completed survey will be placed in a prize draw to win one of 2 x £50 vouchers to spend on equipment for your setting.

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Area SENCo Team

Early Years Area SENCOs are Advisory Teachers with a high level of experience of working with young children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families.

More information about them

Meet the Area SENCos

The Area SENCo team has a main email inbox  contact phone number 01823 357000 and also their own individual email addresses:

Service Manager – Rebecca Fisk –

Kiri Gibson

Karen Foster

Mikaela Jauncey

Sarah Stent

Jo McDonough

Polly Vidler

Children’s Social Care

Children’s Social Care aims to work with parents, carers and young people in a partnership based on respect, equality and fairness, and to offer advice and support before a situation reaches crisis point.

They also work in partnership with, and may refer to, other services and community groups, including education, health, housing, benefits agencies and the police.

More information about them

Early Years Entitlements Team

The Early Years Entitlement Team do all of the administration associated with the take up of the Early Years Entitlements for three and four years olds. Their work also includes the administration of the funding for eligible two year olds and free school meals.

Phone: 01823 357039

Public Health

Public Health are run by the local authority, and their priorities are to enable:

  • People, families and communities to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing
  • Families and communities to be thriving and resilient
  • Somerset people to be able to live independently


More about Public Health

Somerset Health Visitors

The aim of the health visiting team is to work with you/your family to identify areas that may impact on the overall health and wellbeing of your family, and to develop a plan together to support you and your child.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They are responsible for inspecting and regulating services that care for children in England. This includes childminders, registered nannies, nurseries, pre-schools, schools and Further Education colleges.

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The Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Partnership works to make sure that children in Somerset are safe.

More about Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Partnership


Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL)

SCIL conduct all training and professional development for all practitioners in early years, childminding, play and out of school settings. They also deal with general enquiries about Early Years Leadership and Peer to Peer Support Framework and Early Years Teaching Centres.

More information

Address: Dillington House, Ilminster, TA19 9DT


Phone: 0300 123 1967

Somerset Early Help Advisory service (SEHAS)

The Somerset Early Help Advisory Service is a new service commissioned by Somerset County Council and delivered, in partnership, by the Early Years Alliance. The service will work with all Early Years educators and settings in Somerset to support them to deliver Early Help where needed to children and families.

‘Early help’ is the term used to describe any intervention or support given to a family when a problem first emerges. The main focus is to improve outcomes for children. We aim to be a consistent point of contact for advice and resources to all Somerset settings, building maximum knowledge and confidence.

We will develop and build on existing resources already provided through the EAL Advisory service, including resources and signposting to help you.

Somerset Early Help Advisory Service supports children and families facing specific challenges, by confidently providing early intervention where needed. SEHAS supports children’s emotional health and promotes wellbeing in children under five, supports school readiness and narrows the gap between EAL Learners and their peers.

For more information, visit the Somerset Early Help Advisory website

Address – Early Years Alliance, The Old School, School Road, Westonzoyland, Bridgwater TA7 0LN

Office phone – 01278 691719

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Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP)

SASP is the Active Partnership for Somerset, and we work to improve the quality of life in communities across our area through the power of physical activity. SASP is dedicated to increasing the health and happiness of residents in Somerset through physical activity and sport.

Visit their website for more information

Last reviewed:September 6, 2022 byNeil

Next review due:March 6, 2023

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