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Information for early years providers, schools and academies

On this page you will find details to support you in your role as a childcare provider.


Business documents and funding

Some banks will offer advice on business planning.  The following banks have some online tools to assist you:

Lloyds - Business Guide - Starting a business

Santander - Business Guides

Foundation Years website have business sustainability resources

Registering school based provision - latest information from Ofsted.

School Based Early Years Provision Guide - June 2020

Academies: making significant changes or closure by agreement 

Family and Childcare Trust - Free 30 hours toolkit

Resources include the Business Map tool, the action plan, and the slides from their recent webinar, as well as the recording and the first two of six vodcasts that extend the content of the webinar.  Resources are available on Foundation Years website

Grants advice service.  Details about GRANTnet can be found on the Cornwall Council website.

Procedure for notifying Ofsted of changes in your committee 

Bank staff - the following agencies have advised us that they have some qualified staff on their books:

Looking to generate income or fundraise? See our article on raising money for your school or setting through recycling schemes.


  • The Early Years Foundation Stage and Childcare Training Directory lists courses in early education, childcare and playwork.  It is designed to meet the training needs of practitioners within the Early Years Foundation Stage (including schools and private, voluntary or independent settings), childcare and playwork sectors.
  • Reflect - a five to thrive intervention. A guide for parents, carers and professionals

Support and information

  • The Prevent Duty. Department for Education advice for schools and childcare providers.

  • Bookstart: hold an extensive range of books which may help settings with emotional and behavioual issues. In addition to situation/issue books, (such as bereavement, diagnosis, moving, seperation - the list is extensive) she also holds a collection of dual launguage picture books and boards which settings can borrow to support EAL children, as well as sensory and braille books for children with additional needs.
    All Early Years settings can join their local library to borrow books for their topics. They can obtain a ‘Playgroup’ type library card which will allow longer loans than a personal adult card, free reservations and no overdue charges. 
    For contact please email who is available on Tuesday to answer any queries or provide resources.

  • Bold beginnings: The Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools

  • Prevent Strategy - information available in Cornwall
  • Wellbeing and Autism Wheel: The Wellbeing and Autism Wheel is designed to assist parents and professionals in finding helpful services and resources for their child, who may be on the Autistic spectrum or have a similar condition.

Data protection regulations have changed - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What you need to know is available on the link to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Did you know, that if you are holding personal information about a child, such as files, allergies, feeding schedules, photographs etc on a computer, you may need to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

SWGfl have useful free resources to help your with online safety and auditing for GDPR.

GDPR in action - 10 useful questions and answers

Supporting children's transitions

Useful websites

  • Healthy Cornwall
    Encouragement and support for all early years childcare providers to become health promoting environments and promote healthy lifestyles. Best Practice Guidelines help childcare providers to reflect on their current approach to health improvement.

EYFS profile information and support

Pupil Premium: Early Years, Pupil Premium and Plus

Leisure resources

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