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Early Years Foundation Stage and Childcare


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) refers to the 0-5 years of a child’s development and sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. You can find out more about the early years foundation stage at

Under this section you can find information about childcare funding, Ofsted and the different childcare options available to you on the islands. Including information on pre-school playgroups and Family Scilly services.


Childcare funding

2 year old funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities:

Currently the Isles of Scilly Council offers 2 year old funding for up to 380 hours to all. However your child could access up to 570 hours of early years funding in any Ofsted rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ childcare providers if your child gets disability living allowance or your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. You can find out more at

You can use your funding either:

  • Up to 15 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year (term time only)

  • You can use the funding to cover childcare provision over the holidays or over the year. For example use 11 hours over 51 weeks of the year. (Please note that you may not receive the full entitlement if you use the stretch option). 

  • You can use the hours flexibly, using less hours some weeks and more hours on other weeks

When does funding start and how do I apply:

On the Isles of Scilly the 2 year old funding starts the day after their second birthday for the universal 380 hour funding but if you are eligible for the 570 hour funding then the extra hours will come into effect from the term after they turn 2.

To find out more about how to apply for 2 year old funding and to see if you are eligible for the 570 hour funded hours of childcare then contact Children's Services by email: telephone: 01720 424490.


3 to 4 Year old funding

3 to 4 year old funding is available and starts the term after a child’s 3rd birthday. All 3 to 4 year old's are entitled to 15 hours of free education for 38 weeks of the year. Depending on circumstances such as employment status and whether you are on carers allowance or incapacity benefits then you may be entitled to 30 hours of free education for 28 weeks of the year. To find out more about the different levels of funding and eligibility criteria please contact Children's Services by email: telephone: 01720 424490.

Help with finding and paying for childcare

Trying to find childcare can be a daunting experience for a parent.  After all, what does make a good childcare provider? How do you know your child will be safe and happy? To help answer these and many other questions you might have, the Family and Childcare Trust have created a step-by-step guide on finding childcare, visit:

The cost may also be a factor when considering childcare. Depending on your child’s age and your financial circumstances, there may be support available including tax free childcare or support if in education. You can find out more at:

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people. Ofsted visits childcare providers who are registered with it to ensure that the education and safety of children is being well managed.  Outcomes of these inspections and the grades allocated to a childcare provider can be viewed on the Ofsted website.


More information on Ofsted is available at 


Other types of childcare that support child development in settings and at home.

The Childcare Act 2006 says childcare is ‘any form of care for a child including education or any other supervised activity’. Not all child carers need to be registered with Ofsted, but if they aren't registered, you cannot use funded hours with them.


These are some of the childcare providers that don't have to register:

  • Babysitters

  • Nannies and au pairs

  • Home educators and home tutors

  • Blood relatives caring for a child or children they are related to

  • Recreational and sporting activity providers

  • Some under 8's crèches, of 4 hours or under with a parent present

  • When providing childcare for less than 2 hours per day

  • When providing childcare for a friend for up to 3 hours a day for reward

To find out more about alternative childcare options and signposting to providers contact Children's Services by email: telephone: 01720 424490. 


Early years foundation stage practitioners and childcare workers


The Isles of Scilly Early Years Network consists of early years providers, local authority and family health and they meet every few months to discuss:

  • Training needs and requirements 

  • Current and predicted provision and demand

  • Developments to early years foundation framework

  • Professional support

If you are an early years provider and want to find out more about this then contact Children's Services by email: Telephone: 01720 424490


As a childcare provider there are a number of additional sources of funding available to you that you can use to support individual children such as the disability access fund and early years pupil premium, information is available on the website.


Help with Transport

Information on how the Council of the Isles of Scilly supports transport to access EYFS services can be found on the Council of the Isles of Scilly website: To find out more about off Island transport for early years provision contact Family Scilly by email: or telephone: 01720 424490.

3 to 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Children and Family Services – Early Years




The Council of the Isles of Scilly, Children and Family Services run Early Years Sessions that are led by a qualified Early Years practitioner.


This includes:

  • Time and Rhyme Time at the Library. 

  • Pop up Stay and Play Sessions on St. Mary’s and all the off Islands with Health Visitor drop-in Sessions. 

  • Scilly Splash Tots. 

  • Arts and Crafts sessions, Messy play, Junk modelling, Soft Play sessions, Music Sessions, Inter-generational sessions, Visits to the Lifeboat station, Fire stations, Dentist, Tresco Abbey Gardens, Carreg Dhu Gardens, Pirate Ship at the garrison, Celebration sessions such as Easter, Chinese new Year, Diwali, Christmas



Early Years Assistant

Tel: 01720 424494 or 424490



Further information

Children’s Services 0-25 Facebook:


Children and Family Services Early Years
Council of the Isles of Scilly Early Years SEND support Service


Children and Family Services offer a variety of playgroup sessions, including story-time at the library, under 1's playgroups with health practitioner supports, finger food party, sleep workshops, baby massage, swim tots sessions and lots more. To find out more about the services on offer visit Children's Services 0-25 Facebook page and


The Early Years Assistants are happy to talk to you about the play groups and about any special educational needs and disabilities you wish to discuss. They can be contacted by email: or telephone: 01720 424490.

Below is a list of the professionals in the Family Scilly Team who are happy to help with your queries:

The Family Scilly Team:

  • SEND & Inclusion Manager

  • SEND Caseworker

  • Assistant: Family Information and Access 

  • Assistant: Data Management

  • Children’s Services Administrator 

  • Early Years Assistants

  • Children's Social Care worker

For further information you can meet the team:



Telephone: 01720 424490.


Children’s Social Care Team

You can find out more about the team and the services they offer on the Council of the Isles of Scilly website:


Early Identification of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities:

Identifying SEND at the earliest opportunity and making effective provision, improves long-term outcomes for children. Parents know their children best and if you have concerns about your child’s development then you can raise those concerns with practitioners. This could be with for example your doctor, health practitioners or childcare providers. Practitioners are there to listen to the concerns parents and children themselves raise over development and equally are there to identify developmental and sensory needs. Practitioners should work with the family, support them to understand their child’s needs and to help them access early support.

Methods used for assessing and identifying SEN in Early Years by early years practitioners:



Support will be provided from your early years professionals but it may be that referrals are made to outside agencies for additional assessment, help and support. This will always be done with discussion and involvement of parents/carers first. If an early years practitioner raises concerns over a child’s development they firstly must inform the child’s parents and bring the child to the attention of the Local Authority.  Support could also be in the form of ​learning and developmental equipment.


Below is a list of outside services that referrals might be made to, please visit our Children's Specialist Health Services section for more details and to see the referral process:  Children's Specialist Health Services

  • Speech and Language Therapy, including Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ACC).

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team (ASDAT)

  • Community Paediatrics 

  • Bladder and Bowel Services

  • Sleep Wise Service

  • If a vision impairment is suspected a health practitioner will refer to the Ophthalmology Service

  • If a hearing impairment is suspected a health practitioner will refer to the Paediatric Audiology Service

  • Portage.

Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-education children from 6 months to 3 years who have significant and complex additional needs. An experienced early years practitioner is trained to deliver the service on the Isles of Scilly when required. Portage can be requested by parents, carers or professionals by contacting by email: or telephone: 01720 424 490.  Further information about portage can be found at The National Portage Association website

If you are worried about your child’s health, development or behaviour or caring for a disabled child you can ask for Early Help, further information available at:


For Further information you can contact Family Scilly


Tel: 01720 424490.

SEND Support Service
Early SEN identification
Early Years SENCO



If a child attends an early years setting such as a childminder or nursery that organisation will have arrangements in place for meeting children’s SEN.

For Five Islands Academy Nursery class and for Cherry Blossom childcare they have a nominated early years SENCO. This person is a member of staff who is responsible for:

  • Overseeing SEN policy in the early years setting

  • Identify and support children with SEN or disabilities in their care

  • Advising and supporting other staff members

  • Work with parents/carers of children with SEN

  • Liaise with professionals and other agencies


Childminders on the Isles of Scilly work within the early years framework to identify and support children with SEN at their setting. A childminder will have an SEN policy in place which sets out how they will identify and support children with SEN and work with parent/carers and other professionals and organisations to support children with SEN.

Please contact your early years setting to find out more about SEN support


Senior Locality SENCO


A Senior Locality SENCO is someone an early years professional can turn too for support and advice about early SEN identification, about how best to help children with additional needs access EYFS curriculum and develop an inclusive early learning environment. They can offer training and also work closely with other agencies, early year providers and parent/carers.

If an early years provider on the Isles of Scilly needs to access a Senior Locality SENCO for information, support and advice they contact Children Services by email: or telephone: 01720 424 490

Childcare Providers

The Isles of Scilly has a variety of different childcare options from nursery, childminders and pre-school. To find out more about your childcare options and contact details visit All early years settings and providers should be inclusive so it is worth contacting them to discuss how they can accommodate and discuss any specific SEND questions you may have.

Childcare provider

Name: Cherry Blossom Childcare


Registered childcare provider


Age groups

Early years 0-5 years of age

Children 6-11 years of age


Contact details

Name: Anna Wild

Address: Cherry Blossom Childcare, The Health and Wellbeing Centre, St. Marys, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NA


Telephone: 01720 422276


(For example: access, adaptations, skills that staff/volunteers have to support children and young people with SEND)


Cherry Blossom Childcare adopts an inclusive approach designed to be responsive to individual needs. We have arrangements and policies in place to identify and support children with SEN or disabilities, including administration of medicines. Parents are supported in understanding this information. Through our key person system we are able to build close relationships with our families in order to best meet their needs and those of their children. We review children’s development regularly, sharing and discussing this with parents. Cherry Blossom Childcare has a designated SENDCo who attends relevant local and mainland based training and then disseminates this information to the team through staff meetings. We welcome external professionals in our setting in order to extend skills and knowledge needed to fully support all children. We are focused on improved outcomes and closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged children and others. Our setting, which is on one level, has been designed to meet all children's needs and includes a disabled toilet, a safe outdoor area, a ventilated sleep room and safe baby space areas.


Any Other Information

Please contact us for information about funding available to support childcare, or for any other information about our setting.

Childcare provider

Name: Helen Glenn


Registered childcare provider


Age groups

Early years 0-5 years of age

Children 6-11 years of age


Contact details


Name: Helen Glenn

Address: 17 Launceston Close, Old Town, St. Marys, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NJ


Telephone: 07796 805356


(For example: access, adaptations, skills that staff/volunteers have to support children and young people with SEND)


I am a level 6 qualified Childcare professional.

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