Information for Early Years Providers

The Early Years and Childcare Service has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years, childcare and children centre provision is available and accessible to all families with young children.

Within the 3 localities in Cumbria there is an Early Years Team that provides information for all settings delivering preschool education and care within their locality, these include childminders, voluntary, private and independent preschool settings, children centres and schools.

Each Advisor focuses on developing strong communities of good practice within each locality, working with other professionals to evidence locality needs and areas of concern.  The Advisers primary role is to work in line with Ofsted inspection outcomes to support the quality improvement of 'less than good' settings.

 

The Early Years Team works with settings and schools to enable them to continuously improve their Early Years Foundation Stage quality as judged by the Ofsted inspection:

Early Years and Childcare Team Managers

Lynsey Armstrong - Team Manager for Carlisle and Eden Lynsey.Armstrong@cumbria.gov.uk
Ann Breeze - Team Manager for South Lakes and FurnessAnn.Breeze@cumbria.gov.uk
Karen Rutter - Team Manager for Allerdale and CopelandKaren.Rutter@cumbria.gov.uk

Early Years Advisers/Area SENCO's

Allerdale & Copeland

Sue SegarSusan.Segar@cumbria.gov.uk
Lis BramwellElisabeth.Bramwell@cumbria.gov.uk
Helen ParkerHelen.Parker@cumbria.gov.uk
Dareneth Cook - Early Years AdviserDareneth.Cook@cumbria.gov.uk
Karen Norman - Early Years AdviserKaren.Norman@cumbria.gov.uk

Barrow & South Lakes

Mary CooperMary.Cooper@cumbria.gov.uk
Margaret ThornleyMargaret.Thornley@cumbria.gov.uk
Debbie BattersbyDebbie.Battersby@cumbria.gov.uk
Rachel RamsbottomRachel.Ramsbottom@cumbria.gov.uk
Laura Kendall - Early Years AdviserLaura.Kendall@cumbria.gov.uk

Carlisle & Eden

Sue HunterSue.Hunter@cumbria.gov.uk
Rachel HogarthRachel.Hogarth@cumbria.gov.uk
Karen ClarkeKaren.Clarke@Cumbria.gov.uk  
Heather DakinHeather.Dakin@cumbria.gov.uk
Christine Blair - Early Years AdviserChristine.Blair@cumbria.gov.uk

Childminder Advisers

Karen CoveKaren.Cove@cumbria.gov.uk
Suzanne SunderlandSuzanne.Sunderland@cumbria.gov.uk

Project Officer

Joan Bradley     Joan.Bradley@cumbria.gov.uk

Business Adviser

Sian Horsley     Sian.Horsley@Cumbria.gov.uk

Finance Officer

Deborah Percival  
Ailsa Witchell
Deborah.Pervical@cumbria.gov.uk
Ailsa.Witchell@cumbria.gov.uk
Children's Centres are places for children and their families.  They provide support for parents and carers and help them to access other services:

 

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/lis/childrenscentres.asp 

A training programme that aims to provide the children's workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to best support the children and young people in their care.
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Information for childcare settings working with children with Special Educational Needs: http://localoffer.cumbria.gov.uk/kb5/cumbria/fsd/family.page?familychannel=2

 

 

Information for childcare settings working with children who are looked after:

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/vselt/

Information for childcare settings working with children with English as an additional language:

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/vselt/eal.asp