Early Years Advisory Support


The Early Years Foundation stage extends from birth to five years of age and all providers of early years education and childcare must comply with the EYFS Statutory framework  The framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It has 3 main sections:

Section 1: Learning and Development Requirements (including Early Learning Goals)

Section 2: Assessment

Section 3: The Safeguarding and Welfare requirements

Providers have several statutory duties that require early year’s practitioners to undertake regular training. Slough Early Years Service commissions trainers to provide the following training on a regular basis

  • Paediatric first aid
  • Universal safeguarding
  • Food safety

Providers can book by visiting our Events and Training page.

Providers of early year’s education and childcare can request individual support and guidance from Slough Early Years Service advisors and support officers by contacting earlyyears@slough.gov.uk

How is this service funded?

LA advisor support is funded from the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). There are no charges to providers for these services. Commissioned training services and requests for bespoke training incur charges on a cost recovery basis. 

Who is this service for?

Advice and guidance about the Early Years Foundation stage, is available to all providers of early years education and childcare in Slough.

Continuous professional development opportunities and statutory training courses are offered to practitioners in early years settings and schools in Slough and neighbouring boroughs.

Further details of Service

Funded Early Learning

There are a range of free entitlements that enable families to have funded early learning places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Slough Early Years Service co ordinates information about these entitlements and manages the payments to Early Years Providers for the provision of funded early learning. The principles and detailed arrangements for the provision of funded early learning are contained in the local Provider Agreement. This can be provided from the Early Years Service.  

The funding rates for 2018 are as follows:

The hourly rate for 2 year old funded place is £5.58

The hourly rate for 3& 4 year old funded places is £5.35

The hourly rate for deprivation funding is £0.75

The hourly rate for Early Years Pupil Premium is £0.53

The DAF allowance is a one off payment to the setting of £615 for children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance