Funded Early Learning (FEL) is Government funded childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds. This can be up to 30 hours a week for some children.
Through play activities, children learn language, physical and social skills, and as they get older it helps to prepare them for the routine of going to school. Children who use a FEL place show greater levels of achievement in their school years. It also helps parents and carers access employment and training.
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
The Childcare Act 2006 places a legal duty on us to ensure that there is sufficient childcare available in Sheffield to enable parents to work or undertake training to be in work.
The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is an assessment of existing childcare provision in the city, mapping supply of, demand for and gaps in the childcare market. We are required to produce an annual sufficiency report on the availability and sufficiency of childcare in Sheffield. You can view a copy of the citywide CSA assessment and also CSA information for each of Sheffield’s 7 Locality areas in the Sheffield Directory.
Sheffield has the Best Start Strategy for the delivery of services to families of children aged 5 or under. The strategy has been developed in partnership with health services and the private, voluntary and community sectors.
Our Family Centres cover the whole city and offer advice, support and activities for families with children under 5 and maternity care for expectant parents.