Decision details

Strategic Vision for Early Years

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report will provide an overview of the national and local contexts that impact on early years service delivery, current priorities and how the service needs to respond. This report is to seek endorsement from the Cabinet to progress further with service development and priorities to ensure children in Staffordshire get the best possible start in life.






“Childcare in Staffordshire is excellent, with 97 per cent of settings rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. 


The Government’s move to extend the provision of funded childcare is an opportunity for young children to enjoy high-quality play and learning to pave the way for later life. 


We are developing how we back childcare providers across the county and help young families, particularly with early identification of support for delayed development and SEND.”  


Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People 


Reasons for the Decision To review the structure of the Early Years Service within Staffordshire County Council following the transfer of the team from Entrust. 


Decision – (a) That the strategic vision for the early years’ service be endorsed and the contribution this will make to Staffordshire’s Strategic Plan be acknowledged.  


(b) That the principles for the proposed reorganisation of the Early Years Service delivery model detailed within the report be endorsed and support for Officers to further develop this model with staff and stakeholders be agreed. 


(c) That authority be delegated to the Director for Children’s Services in consultation with the lead member for Children and Young People and lead member for Education and SEND to approve the final staffing structure for the service.  


(d) That the planned budget profile for the Early Years Service and investment in new areas of delivery be endorsed. 

Report author: Samantha Gibson

Publication date: 16/11/2023

Date of decision: 15/11/2023

Decided at meeting: 15/11/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/11/2023

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