It’s our mission to support everyone to make a success of early years and childcare policy

We were founded in 1999 by our Director, James Hempsall OBE. It’s our mission to support everyone to make a success of early years and childcare policy. We are committed to the best quality practice and outcomes for children, delivered by a professional, resourced and sustainable sector and workforce. Our employed team of 10 is based in our offices in Leicester, and we have a thriving network of associate trainers and consultants across the UK.

We work with: all 152 top-tier local authorities in England; central and regional government; many small businesses and voluntary groups, charities, and children’s centres; and some major high street brands, national charities, and international and global businesses too. What we like though, is to stay small and deliver big, with a focus on quality and equality.

That means we have been at the forefront of lots of different strategies and policies, including:

  • Childcare places creation and development
  • Early learning entitlements: increasing hours, flexibility and quality
  • Two- three- and four-year-old early years entitlement: places, pilots, trials and early implementation
  • Childcare Sufficiency Assessments, Childcare Audits
  • DfE regional support and challenge for Childcare Act (2006) duties
  • Achieving Two Year Olds - implementing 15 hours of free early learning for the least advantaged two-year-olds
  • Childcare Works - supporting the implementation of 30 hours for three and four-year-olds
  • Out of school childcare development, places creation and business planning
  • DfE Early Support trainers and capacity building consultants for SEND children
  • Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) consultants
  • Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships members and consultants
  • Sure Start local programmes independent evaluators and service providers
  • Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative (NNI) business planning consultants
  • Safeguarding and child protection trainers and consultants
  • Apprenticeships trainers and policy/safeguarding consultants
  • Workforce development and continuous professional development training
  • Childcare recruitment and volunteering campaigns; BME staff and volunteers, and men in childcare
  • Business support for early years and childcare providers
  • Early Learning Childcare (ELC) in Scotland
Childcare Works