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Who we are

Each of the 7 Early Years Locality Advisers (EYLA) is the named contact for all settings delivering preschool education and care within their locality, these include childminders, voluntary, private and independent preschool settings, governor run pre schools, children centres delivering early years provision and out of schools providers.  Each Adviser focuses on developing strong communities of good practice within each locality, working with other professionals to evidence locality needs and areas of concern.  The Advisers primary role is to work in line with Ofsted inspection outcomes to raise the quality of 'less than good' settings through the Early Years Intervention Programme.  They also visit and support settings that are vulnerable to this Ofsted category.  All other settings have access to their Locality Adviser for telephone, email and visit support where appropriate.

Fiona McMorrow, Cath Davenport and Julia Hawkes provide support to improve provision for Reception aged children in schools across all localities. Schools do not have a named Early Years Locality Adviser, school support is brokered through the Strategic Lead on request from the Primary Advisory Team or from Head Teachers directly.

If you are unsure who your EYLA is, please check out our downloads section.  All childminders would have received in the post an introductory sheet with the photo and details about their EYLA.

Tel: 01452 427224
Email: earlyyearsteam@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

Meet the team

Julia Hawkes

Early Years Strategic Lead 

Fiona McMorrow (Senior EYLA)

Gloucester North

07771 794388 

Cath Davenport (EYLA)

Gloucester South

07717 693024 

Fay Hayward (EYLA)

Cotswold

07901 513638 

Julie Ridley (EYLA) 

Stroud

07879 487664

Kay Jones (EYLA)

Forest of Dean

07917 277844 

Sarah Spencer (EYLA)

Tewkesbury

07879 487663 

Sue Williams (EYLA)

Cheltenham

07901 513640 

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