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Council Services:

Childcare as a Career

Lincolnshire County Council offers support to prospective, brand new and existing childcarers to help them make their business a success.

Depending on your particular enquiry, there are a number of teams and organisations that can offer further support:

Interested in becoming a Childminder?

Contact the Family Information Service and we will send you our recruitment Welcome Pack which contains our “Becoming a Childminder - pre-registration information” booklet.

This booklet explains the process to registration, the training that is required and things you will need to be aware of such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Initial training is available through the Birth to Five Service Workforce Development team, though other training providers are available.

Once you are registered you may be able to apply to offer Early Years Entitlement (EYE) funding to 3 & 4 year olds, and may be able to offer the same funding to 2 year olds. Birth to Five Service will provide information about this once you are registered.

Would you like to work with children under 5 in an Early Years setting, or set up your own Early Years provision?

Contact the Family Information Service to register your interest and we’ll send you information to suit your enquiry, including details of local training providers and Early Years providers that may have placement vacancies.

If you are thinking about setting up your own Early Years setting, you should contact the Birth to Five Service, who supports developing new Early Years settings to meet Ofsted regulations in order to offer high quality provision.

Following the initial development of new Early Years provision, the Birth to Five Service continue to support settings in their endeavours to deliver high quality provision for children in Lincolnshire. A team of Early Years Consultants support, advise, monitor and challenge Early Years provision to ensure it is of a high standard. The Birth to Five Service also has responsibility for the Government’s Early Years Entitlement (EYE) funding across the Local Authority for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Would you like to work in an out of school or holiday club, or are you thinking of becoming an Out of School Provider (including extended services)?

Contact the Family Information Service to register your interest and we’ll send you information to suit your enquiry, including details of local training providers and Out of School providers that may have placement vacancies.

In addition, if you are interested in working in an Out of School or Holiday Club, the Workforce Development team has details of a range of courses that may be suitable, from introductory courses in playwork to level 3 qualifications.

If you are thinking about setting up your own Out of School setting, you should contact the Birth to Five Service and they will endeavour to ensure you receive the appropriate support or advice to develop your business.

What sort of training is available?

The Birth to Five Service Workforce Development team are committed to ensuring there is a whole range of appropriate training available each year that will enhance the professional development of those working in the early years & childcare sector. They are responsible for creating an annual training programme, offering advice and guidance on a range of full and relevant qualifications, considering progression routes to becoming an Early Years Professional (EYP).

Many of the short courses are offered free of charge, or with a small candidate contribution. Qualification courses may be subsidised, but funding is dependent on the role you are employed in within the sector and the level of the course that you are wishing to undertake. Contact Workforce Development for more information regarding what’s on offer and eligibility.

What is the role of the Family Information Service?

Once a childminder, out of school or daycare provider is registered with Ofsted, Ofsted send these details to the Family Information Service who then sends regular update forms to gather additional information about opening hours, charges and services available etc. This is then available to enquirers looking for childcare and children’s services and supports the sustainability of childcare businesses.

Send an on-line enquiry

Recruitment enquiry form

Key contacts

Family Information Service
Customer Service Centre
Witham Park House
Waterside South
Lincoln
LN5 7JN
Monday to Friday 8.00am till 6.00pm
Tel: 0800 195 1635
Email: fis@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD
Tel: 0300 123 1231 (Monday to Friday 8.00am till 6.45pm)
Email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk

www.ofsted.gov.uk

Birth to Five Service
Myle Cross
Macaulay Drive
Lincoln
LN2 4EL
Tel: 01522 552752
Email: birthtofive@lincolnshire.gov.uk

www.birthtofive.org.uk

Workforce Development team
Based at the Birth to Five Service (address above)
Tel: 01522 552758

Online training directory

Useful websites

Contacts

  • Family Information Service

    Monday to Friday 8.00am till 6.00pm

    Customer Service Centre, Witham Park House

    Waterside South

    Lincoln

    LN5 7JN

    Tel: 0800 195 1635

    Email: fis@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 4 August 2017

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