Essex County Council has a statutory duty to provide sufficient Free Early Education Entitlement places for all three and four-year-olds and also for eligible two-year-olds.
The Early Years and Childcare Service monitor demand for childcare and work with service providers to identify gaps in provision and develop local solutions.
We also work with our partners in the 12 district and borough councils when planning applications are submitted to advise on childcare sufficiency within a defined area. In some cases, this results in funding contributions from developers to help address need.
To ensure opportunities are available to all interested parties, we're developing an open and transparent tender process for the development of new childcare places.
Details about the opportunities and how to apply will be available in the near future on the Early Years and Childcare provider website.