Early years

Devonshire Infant School

Every child in Portsmouth deserves the best possible start in life. The Portsmouth Education Partnership is therefore committed to ensuring that all children get the best possible start through effective early nurture at home and high quality early years education.

Portsmouth is proud to have a wide range of high quality early years and childcare provision. We have approximately 90 childcare providers on non-domestic premises (e.g. nurseries and pre-schools), more than 100 registered childminders and 10 school nursery classes.  In March 2019, 98% of the registered provision has been judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding.

All settings are encouraged to take a strongly directive approach to ensuring that vulnerable children, in particular, experience a varied programme of activities. This should give a high priority to ensuring regular one to one communication with children who need it most. It should also provide as much support and encouragement as possible to help parents nurture their children’s well-being and development at home.


Copnor Primary School

Workforce development

The Early Years Training and Development Centre 2019-20 can be found at earlyyears.portsmouth.gov.uk, along with details of how to purchase packages and one-off activities. The programme brings together the training courses and direct support offered by the Early Years and Childcare team at Portsmouth City Council.


The statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is led by the Early Years Advisory Teacher (strategy) with a co-opted team of staff from across the city. Moderation of the EYFSP is a sampling process rather than a method for checking each child’s attainment.

We have also reintroduced ‘pre-school moderation’ that will be extended during 2019-20. This seeks to work with early years and childcare settings to moderate judgements and share best practice.

For more information about both moderation programmes please contact [email protected].

Developing new provision

The early years and childcare team are able to support with a range of areas including business planning, reviewing accommodation, upskilling staff to support new age groups and increasing capacity of existing provision. For further information on the range of work we are able to support please contact [email protected].

Quality improvement

The early years team have a wide range of support and challenge opportunities across our workforce development programme. This includes specific workshops on key topics, site visits to provide practical support and bespoke training. For further information, please visit earlyyears.portsmouth.gov.uk.


Interventions to influence best practice and secure strong outcomes for children within the EYFS
This document has been created to support year R practitioners and the intention is that it will evolve and grow. If you have an intervention that works effectively to develop the skills and learning of your year R children and you would like to share this with others, please do get in touch.

Information about working in childcare is published on the Portsmouth City Council website.


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