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Support for New Settings


For information regarding childcare sufficiency including areas of shortfall, please email Kate Jones.




The Bristol Association of Neighbourhood Childcare  (BAND Ltd) provide support in the form of premises advice, financial and business planning, sustainability, Ofsted registration information, guidance on welfare and safeguarding requirements from the EYFS, policy development and opening procedures.

Band Ltd. contact details:

Tel: 0117 9542128


Becoming a Free Entitlement Provider


For information on becoming a Free Entitlement Provider please contact Deborah Brown, Free Entitlement Officer at  Tel: 0117 3773 221.

Click here to access information on free places for two year olds.


Early Years Pupil Premium


Early Years Pupil Premium is extra funding from the government.  Early years providers will receive an extra £300 a year for each eligible child accessing the full 570 hours with them.  Families will need to meet the eligibility criteria to access this funding.

All providers delivering funded early education places for three and four year olds will be eligible to apply for the EYPP.  With parental information you will be able to check a child’s eligibility using our online database.

For further information please contact Deborah Brown, Free Entitlement Officer at

Tel: 0117 3773 221



For government grants available for setting up a new small business, please go to the Bristol City Council website.


Capital Funding

The Local Authority has an Integrated Education and Capital Strategy – Improving Lives – Improving Places and details can be found on the Bristol City Council website.  If you are setting up new childcare or expanding your current provision and are in an area where we are short of places, please contact who will be able to inform you if it is possible to apply to the Local Authority for funding.


The Early Years Satellite Group


The Early Years Satellite group meet monthly to agree new priorities to feed into the Programme Management Group and The Education Capital Board.

  • Representation from the following make up the group:
  • Private, Voluntary and Independent Sectors
  • Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres
  • Service Managers
  • Education Capital Team


From time to time, we will contact all providers with details of any capital funding available.  There is currently no funding available.


Finance Support


Future developments coming soon:

A secure link to the Tribal databse to allow providers to update information on cost, availability and capacity.  This will also allow us to promote your service through the Family Information Service.

Settings Directory – for details of early education and childcare providers in Bristol go the the 1Big Database website and insert the locality you require.

Settings contacts

Nicola Theobald, Early Years Improvement Officer

Nicky Bale, Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant

Smi Pearce, Foundation Years Consultant Assessment and Transition

Kate Hubble  Foundation Years Consultant

Beth Osborne Foundation Years Consultant Birth to Three