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:

Look at me – I’m 3 and ready to start nursery!

  • I am physically healthy so I can run about, jump, climb, and play
  • I can sit down on the floor and listen for short periods of time
  • I can join in with nursery rhymes and songs
  • I enjoy looking at books, turning pages, and listening to stories
  • I can use the toilet
  • I can take off my coat and hang it up
  • I can recognise my name
  • I am starting to understand my feelings and those of others around me
  • I feel safe and cared for at nursery, and know my carer will come to pick me up at the end of the session
  • I am happy, feel good about myself, and like to try new things although I don’t always get it right first time
  • I am excited and curious to learn and ask lots of questions
  • I am used to having routines and boundaries in place
  • I have had a lot of opportunities and experiences
  • I enjoy playing alongside other children and I’m starting to make new friends
  • I can follow simple instructions
  • I can tell you what I need and want


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 the Family Service Directory website

For any other support contact Racheal_bell@middlesbrough.gov.uk

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Racheal Bell – Assistant Team Manager Early Years Quality.

Education & Partnerships,
Middlesbrough Council,
Hemlington Children’s Centre,
Cass House Road,

Telephone – 01642 513105
Mobile – 07881 354367


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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 Words For Life website.