Early years team contact details

Early years team's role and responsibilities and contact details.

The Early Years Team is responsible for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision, which is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

They offer support and advice to all settings that provide early education and childcare, this includes:

  • Childminders,
  • Private Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Early Years Settings,
  • Maintained Nursery Schools
  • and Infant and Primary Schools.

They also provide advice to registered Out of School Clubs that offer childcare.

They support the multi-agency Early Years Strategy in Cumbria, working with partner organisations across Health, Inclusion, Early Help and the Voluntary Sector in order to improve outcomes for children across the county. This includes supporting our Children's Centres and working in partnership to develop a network of Family Hubs in partnership with communities.

They aim to listen and learn from all of our Providers, as well as directly engaging with children and families in order to help make Cumbria the best place it can be to grow up in.

The Early Years Team whose who

The Early Years Team works with settings and schools to enable them to continuously improve their Early Years Foundation Stage quality as judged by the Ofsted inspection:

Early Years Team Manager

Email: Amanda.Macdonald@WestmorlandandFurness.gov.uk

Early Years and Childcare Advisers

Early Years Advisers/Area SENCOs

Finance Officer

Email: Ailsa.Witchell@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk