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Education, Learning & Employment

As a parent/carer choosing the right childcare provider, school or college is really important.  You might want additional advice, support or information to help decide what is best for your family.

Think about your families longer-term aims in what they may want to do as an adult, and work out what steps need to taken to get there.

Find out more below or click on the right to search by category.

The first few years are the most important in your child's learning and development. The information below relates to your child being in the 2 - 5 age range 

Early Education Funding

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out standards for learning, development and care of children birth to five years old.

A Parents Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

Early Years Foundation Stage

School Readiness

The term school readiness states that the EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' It gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

There are many things you can work on at home to help get them ready;

  • Help them learn about making friends
  • Develop speaking and listening skills
  • Teach them to recognise their name
  • Talk enthusiastically about school

Download PACEY's free guide on preparing your child for school for some great tips and hints on it to go smoothly.

You can also download this colourful poster full of top tips.

Applying for a school nursery

You can apply for a school nursery here

Most children start school in the September following their fourth birthday, however children only become compulsory school age at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. 

Children / Young People are required to remain in education until the last Friday in June providing they turn 16 year old on or before 31 August. 

Click on the links below to find out more about how to apply:


All young people must be in some form of education or training until the age of 18 years old  However, after the age of 16 this does not have to be in a school.

Find out more:

Learning Improvement Service Post 16 Team 

The post-16 team within the Learning Improvement Service seek to work with all educational and training providers to improve standards and provision for post-16 young people. The main aims are to improve what young people achieve in education and training post-16 and also to increase the numbers of them staying on in education and training; that is meaningful for them and increases their opportunities in life.

Further education and training links below:

You must make sure your child gets a full-time education that meets their needs. 

Links to useful websites for parents:

If you need to make a complaint about something that has happened at school, please follow the school's complaint's procedure.  Every school in England must have a complaints procedure which should be published on the school's website.  It will inform you what kind of complaints the school will deal with.

If after following the schools complaints procedure, your complaint has not been resolved, a letter of complaint to the school's governing body is the next step.

There are many websites and helplines offering advice on issues experienced at school, some useful website are below:

Ace Education

ACE provides advice and information to parents and carers on a wide range of education and school based issues including:

  • exclusion,
  • school admissions and appeals,
  • special education needs,
  • bullying 
  • school attendance.

Citizens Advice - Sorting out school problems

free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

Bullying UK part of Family Lives

National family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life including, listening, supportive and non-judgemental.


As a parent, you may be entitled to help towards school costs.  This will be dependent on your circumstances.

Example of financial help include:

The School Admissions and Appeals Team is responsible for processing applications for school places in Cumbria, whether your child is starting school or transferring to either junior or secondary school in September or if you wish to change your child’s school during the academic year.

For transfer to secondary school in September 2020, the deadline date for applications is 31 October 2019.

For starting school or transfer to junior school in September 2020, the deadline for applications is 5 January 2020.

You can make your applications for school places in September 2020 from 9 September 2019.

The team can give advice on a range of key information 

  • Apply for a school place
  • Catchement areas
  • In-year school transfer process
  • Appeals guidance

The School Admission webpages can be found here

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