Early Years

Early Years

Early Years and Families

Prospects delivers a range of childcare support and training programmes

Prospects delivers bespoke training to support all early years providers, including childminders, in delivering the best possible outcomes for children in their care. Currently Prospects delivers a face to face childminder pre-registration course as well as other training courses/workshops which can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Some of the topics covered include:

  • EYFS Back to Basics
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Preparing for your Inspection
  • Working Together with the Common Inspection Framework
  • The Art of Self Evaluation
  • Effective Supervision
  • Committee Roles and Responsibilities
  • SEND Local Offer
  • Supporting Boys’ Progression Towards Writing
  • What’s in the Box? – Supporting Language
  • Teaching and Play.

Prospects can provide assistance in developing your paperwork with sample documents such as:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Learning Journals
  • Tracking Documents
  • Next Steps Planning Sheets
  • Review Summary Sheets
  • 2 Year Progress Check Review.

We have also developed a range of audit tools for settings and providers to use as part of their self evaluation.

Contact Prospects to discuss your individual needs or to access our EY consultancy service, which can support you in developing best practice, identifying any areas for improvement and providing bespoke support.

[T] 01634 816027
[E] early.years@prospects.co.uk

Supporting Local Authorities

Prospects is able to offer a range of training to local authorities, and is an approved provider to Rochdale, Hampshire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Norfolk County Council.

Early Years Quality Service in Southampton

Prospects delivers support services to pre-schools in Southampton on behalf of Southampton City Council. Prospects Early Years Quality Service for Pre-Schools in Southampton assisted pre-schools to extend their offer of free early education and meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage through providing access to training and expert advice, including the completion of assessments on two-year-olds. Since Prospects began providing the service almost half of those inspected subsequently have received an improved Ofsted outcome.

In August 2015, Prospects won a new contract to deliver support services to childminders, in addition to services to pre-schools. Prospects now also manages the provision of childcare services (‘Childcare Framework’) for children and young people where a public sector organisation is seeking placements on a short term basis.

Childminding Development Services in Kent

In Kent, Prospects provides Childminding Development Support Services through individually tailored support delivered by face to face visits, telephone and through the use of digital media to help childminders improve the quality of education and care they provide to achieve improved outcomes for pre-school age children.

Tower Hamlets – supporting voluntary providers and unregistered childcare providers

In Tower Hamlets, Prospects provides support to voluntary sector EY providers. We work closely with committee group settings, supporting them with their leadership and management roles. We also support unregistered childcare providers to ensure that they deliver the best possible outcomes for young children.

Waltham Forest – working with schools, EY group settings and childminders

Prospects works with a range of schools and EY group settings in Waltham Forest. We carry out annual Teaching and Learning audits to support providers in their self-evaluation, to ensure they deliver high quality experiences so that all children make good progress. We also support the Local Authority to carry out Business Audits to ensure that providers are compliant with funding arrangements.

Prospects is also commissioned by Waltham Forest to deliver training to EY providers, including childminders, to support their understanding of the requirements of the EYFS and to promote best practice.

Supporting Service Families

Prospects Early Years Services works closely with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, deliver inspection support on British forces overseas bases, including Cyprus, Brunei and Gibraltar.

We are currently working with RAFA (Royal Airforce Families Association) to recruit childminders to support service families. If you are interested in becoming a childminder, please contact us to find our more information and how you can access a fully funded package to develop your career and support your registration as a childminder with Ofsted.
[T] 01634 816027
[E] early.years@prospects.co.uk

Ofsted Early Years Inspections

From September 2010 until April 2017, Prospects was the largest Ofsted early years inspection service provider (ISP). Covering the Midlands and the North of England, Prospects inspected more than 44,000 early years and childcare providers.

Over this period, and working with Ofsted, the content of early years’ inspections has undergone many changes, with a new focus on teaching and learning, whilst monitoring the standards of care at early years’ providers. Through effective inspection, Prospects has worked with Ofsted help make a positive difference to the lives of young children, improving their life chances and opportunities. By February 2017, 95% of providers on the Early Years Register inspected by Prospects said that their inspection identified clear actions or recommendations for improvement and, 94% of providers said that the outcome of the inspection process will help improve their early years’ provision.

Since 2010, the quality of early years and childcare provision has significantly improved: Nationally ‘85% of early years registered providers are now good or outstanding, a dramatic increase of 18 percentage points in five years.’ (Early Years: The report of HMCI of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2015. Published June 2015).

Who to contact

For further information:

Early Years Services

Unit 33, The Joiners Shop
The Historic Dockyard
Kent ME4 4TZ 

[T] 01634 816027
[E] email us

Kent Childminding Development Support Services

[T] 01634 816030
[E] email us

Southampton Pre-School Support

[M] 07769 671459
[E]  email us

Tower Hamlets Early Years Support Service

[M] 07590 863372
[E]  email us

Prospects Pre-schools in Leicester City

Prospects Early Years Services will operate 4 pre-schools in Leicester City from September 2017.

Heatherbrook Pre-School
Heatherbrook Primary Academy
Astill Lodge Road

Magpie Pre-School
Eyres Monsell Primary School
Simmins Crescent

Sandfield Pre-School
Sandfield Close Primary School
Sandfield Close Leicester

Spice Pre-School
Merrydale Infant School
Claydon Road

Please contact our Childcare and Training Manager, Judith Chinnery, for further information.
[E]  email Judith
[T] 01162 739460
[M] 07876 650729

What people say

Case Studies

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