All children should have access to good quality early years and childcare services. Thurrock Early Years, supports providers to ensure they are able to meet the diverse needs of all children in the community, giving them the opportunity to develop.
SureStart is the framework for bringing together early education, childcare, health and family support.
The aim of Thurrock Early Years and SureStart nationally is to provide the best possible start in life for children. By providing integrated and high quality services, children can grow up to contribute positively to their communities and society as a whole by providing:
This vision has been translated locally to provide the framework from within which integrated early education and childcare services are provided for the children and families of Thurrock.
We are dedicated to the ethos of making learning enjoyable and accessible and will strive to encourage the integration of services to meet local need.
We can identify and promote standards that are considered important and continuously strive to identify, review and meet the needs of children, families and local communities.
Thurrock Early Years on behalf of the Local Authority, provide a variety of services, from free information on childcare available in your areas, to support gaining a childcare qualification, as well as providing support and advice in starting up your own childcare business.
We are a strong, supportive structure that houses, nurtures and supports a broad range of individuals - all of whom are paramount to the delivery of high quality Early Years and Childcare Services.
Thurrock Early Years is available to encourage and guide individuals, families and communities through the many strands of childcare related matters.
Every child is different, and boys and girls learn differently. These differences start as early as in the womb: research relating to brain development shows that boys and girls are different, think differently, act differently and are good at different things and have brains that develop differently both before birth and during childhood.
The challenge in the early years is to make learning attractive to boys and to recognise the importance of the development of a child's self-esteem and attitudes. The document Raising Boys Achievement (PDF 133.3kB) contains helpful writing and reading suggestions and examples (please see how to access PDFs).
Your role as a parent is one of the most difficult there is - it can be both challenging and rewarding. It is a job where very little training is given to prepare parents for what lies ahead. The Thurrock Parenting Handbook offers ideas and information to help you find your way through what can be a maze of issues and advice. It has been produced with the support of a wide range of professionals agencies to promote positive parenting.
Please contact the Family Information Service for a printed copy.
Thurrock Council also has a duty to secure sufficient, sustainable and flexible childcare that is responsive to the needs of working parents in their area for children up to the age of 14 (or 17 if disabled) and a related duty to secure free early years provision for three and four year-olds. For further information please see our Childcare Sufficiency Assessment page.