Services for Young Children

National organisations and publications

Department for Education (DfE)

The DfE is responsible for the implementation of the Governments National Childcare Strategy in England.

Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT
Tel: 0870 000 2288
Web: www.education.gov.uk

Skills Active

Skills Active is the National Training Organisation for Sport, Recreation, and Allied Occupations. The Playwork Unit was formed in 1998 to develop education, training and qualifications for playworkers.

Castlewood House, 77-91 New Oxford St, London, WC1A 1PX
Tel: 020 7632 2000
Email: skills@skillsactive.com
Web: www.skillsactive.com

City and Guilds – awarding body

A source for advice about qualifications and training.

Customer Services, 1 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DD
Tel: 020 7294 2800
Email: enquiry@city-and-guilds.co.uk
Web: www.cityandguilds.com

Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education (CACHE) – awarding body.

A source for advice about qualifications and training.

Beaufort House, Grosvenor Rd, St Albans, Herts AL1 3AN
Tel: 0845 347 2123
Email: info@cache.org.uk
Web: www.cache.org.uk

Daycare Trust

The Daycare Trust advises childcare providers, employers, trade unions and policymakers on childcare.

21 St Georges Rd, London SE1 6ES
Tel: 020 7840 3350
Email: info@daycaretrust.org.uk
Web: www.daycaretrust.org.uk

4Children

A national charity dedicated to creating opportunities and building futures for children.

City Reach, 5 Greenwich View Place, London E14 9NN
Tel: 020 7512 2112
Email: info@4children.org.uk
Web: www.4children.org.uk

Kidsactive – play and opportunity for disabled children

A National Charity promoting play for disabled children. Kidsactive runs six playgrounds in London, and delivers training on inclusion for play providers throughout the UK. Kidsactive publishes the magazine Lets Play and has produced the book Side by Side – guidelines for inclusive play (2000).

Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, London SW6 3LA
Tel: 020 7731 1435 Minicom: 020 7731 1435 Fax: 020 7731 4426
Email: office@kidsactive.org.uk
Web: www.kidsactive.org.uk

Montessori Education (UK)

This national organisation provides advice, support and information for Montessori pre-school providers.

21 Vineyard Hill, London, SW19 7JL
Tel: 020 8946 4433
Email: information@montessorieducationuk.org
Web: www.montessorieducationuk.org

National Children’s Bureau

The NCB supports a number of websites. All are produced by NCB staff, many with project partners or by councils or networks within NCB. Where no web address is shown, the website is part of www.ncb.org.uk and links are to internal pages of this website.

8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE
Tel: 020 7843 6000
Email: mjonesncb.org.uk
Web: www.ncb.org.uk


PACEY

Royal Court


81 Tweedy Road
Bromley
BR1 1TG

Telephone 0300 003 0005 | info@pacey.org.uk |

Hampshire:

Room G38, Regus, Chineham Business Park
Crockford Lane, Chineham, Basingstoke RG24 8AL

Website: www.pacey.org.uk

0845 200 3890

Asylum Seeking and Refugee Children

Web: www.childrenslegalcentre.com/

Care Planning for Looked After Children Toolkit

Web: www.ncb.org.uk


ChildData

Web: http://www.childdata.org.uk



Children & Young People HIV Network

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/hiv



Childhood Bereavement Network

Web: www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk
Email: cbn@ncb.org.uk

Children's Play Information Service

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/cpis


Council for Disabled Children

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/cdc/


Early Childhood Forum

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/ecf



Early Childhood Unit

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/ecu



Healthy Care

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/healthycare



National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care (NCERCC)

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/ncercc



PSHE & Citizenship Information Service

Web: http://www.ncb.org.uk/Page.asp?originx448zk_105935556258n11k1444152004



Sex Education Forum

Web: www.ncb.org.uk/sef



Young NCB

Web: http://www.youngncb.org.uk



Young People and Self Harm

Web: http://www.selfharm.org.uk



Children England

(formerly National Council for Voluntary Childcare Organisations-NCVCCO)

Provide funding to voluntary childcare organisations.

Unit 25, Angel Gate, City Road, London, EC1V 2PT
Tel: 020 7833 3319
Email: info@childrenengland.org.uk
Web: www.childrenengland.org.uk

National Day Nursery Association

This organisation provides advice, support and information for providers of full day care.

Oak House, Woodvale Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AB
Tel: 0870 7744244
Email: info@ndna.org.uk
Web: www.ndna.org.uk

National Early Years Network

Produces and sells a useful publication called Good to Work For – Employing staff and Working with Volunteers in Small Groups which covers a range of employment issues, including recruitment, legislation and contracts.

77 Holloway Road, London N7 8JZ
Tel: 020 7607 9573
Email: annr@neyn.org.uk

National Extension College

National training provider and source of advice about selecting appropriate training.

Dept D204, The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road, Cambridge CB2 2HN
Tel: 01223 400200
Email: info@nec.ac.uk
Web: www.nec.ac.uk

OFSTED

Royal Exchange Buildings, St Ann's, Square, Manchester, M2 7LA
Tel: 0845 404040
Email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk
Web: www.ofsted.gov.uk

PLAYLINK

Promotes children’s free play through practice development, advice, information and support services for play providers and innovative projects.

72 Albert Palace Mansions, Lurline Gardens, London, SW11 4DQ
Tel: 020 7720 2452
Email: info@playlink.org.uk
Web: www.playlink.org.uk

Play Words

A bi-monthly magazine for adults working with children in out of school settings. It includes creative ideas, training topics, news, views and information.

Common Threads Consultancy, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hants SO50 9FD.
Tel: 07000 785215

Playwork

The aim of the playworking website is to provide support, help and information to all those people involved in the Playwork SVQ and NVQ process.

Web: www.skillsactive.com/playwork

Playtoday

A bi-monthly newspaper free to anyone interested in play or related issues.

Tel: 020 7843 6016
Email: playtoday@ncb.org.uk
Web: http://www.playengland.org.uk/Page.asp?originx_5371dl_64198233264427a2g_200612131711p

QCA

Responsible for developing a national framework of accreditation qualifications in early years’ education, childcare and playwork.

83 Piccadilly, London, W1J 8QA
Tel: 020 7509 5555
Email: info@qca.org.uk