Early Years in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Council has an Early Years Strategy in place which outlines its plans for Early Years delivery. You can download the strategy here.
Middlesbrough’s nursery readiness definition:
“We believe in Middlesbrough that nursery ready children are curious, confident and co-operative. Supported by family, professionals and community, our children are able to flourish and reach their optimal potential.”
To help our children become nursery ready, we will work with you to make sure they can achieve the following steps:
To help our children reach their maximum potential, Middlesbrough Council’s School Readiness team will support its Private, Voluntary and Independent sector (including childminders) by:
- Supporting settings who are at risk of slipping from a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement
- Offering a relevant and appropriate CPD programme – please check the ‘Events’ section for upcoming training opportunities
- Carrying out safeguarding audits on all settings
- Support on how to access funded childcare in Middlesbrough
- Links with local Children’s centre sites
To access information on funded childcare and local Children’s centre sites, please visit: www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/fsd
For any other support contact Racheal_bell@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Words for Life website
The Words for Life website is an excellent tool for parents to learn how they can introduce their children to reading, poetry, new learning skills and much more with the overall aim of helping to raise national literacy levels.
The website is the National Literacy Trust’s website specifically for parents – please do encourage parents to visit this website.
Parents will be able to gain useful tips from top authors, find out about the latest ‘recommended reads’ that children will love, and there’s lots of fun information on family reading games and downloadable activities.
You can point families and parents to the website here > http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/
BookStart Treasure Packs
The Early Years team are working in partnership with Bookstart which is a national programme which supports and encourages parents to read with their children from an early age. BookStart Treasure Packs are a free resource for you to gift to your N2 children, containing a story book and a booklet full of tips for parents about sharing books together. It is an excellent resource which helps support reading, language development and a love of books and stories.
Research shows that children who receive BookStart packs are more likely to regard reading as their favourite activity. Therefore, as part of the Middlesbrough Promise we are aiming to develop the ways we gift the Treasure Pack so it can be used more effectively to promote early reading experiences in the home, supporting parents and families to read with children. Gifting packs in this way will directly compliment EYFS practice, support children’s early learning and development and encourage parents to take an active role.
Contact details to get involved with the Treasure Packs can be found in the image below.