Learning Improvement Service - Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years is a distinct stage which covers children aged 0-5 years. The earliest foundations for lifelong learning are set out in the first years of a child's life. A child's wellbeing, resilience and learning are affected by the quality of care, love and provision they receive during these first years. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework that sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries, Children's Centres and all school reception classes. 

A dedicated team of Early Years Advisers work in close partnership with all early years providers, alongside partners in the Learning Improvement Service, CASL and Health. The team comprises three Area Team Managers, Early Years Advisers/Area SENCOs, Early Years and Childcare Advisers, together with a Project Officer, Finance Officers and a Business Adviser. 

The work of the Early Years team is underpinned by the Early Years Strategy which sets out the vision and principles for partnership working.

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Our vision for Early Years in Cumbria is:

"By working together, we will lay firm foundations to enable every child and family to have opportunities to progress and raise their aspirations"

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Early Years and Childcare Team Managers

Allerdale and Copeland
Nicola Steels

Barrow and South Lakeland
Amanda MacDonald

Carlisle and Eden
Ann Breeze

Strategic Lead Early Years

Katie Clarke