You, Portsmouth's early years providers, offer some of the best early years provision in the country. Over 96% of the city's providers are judged 'Good or Outstanding' by Ofsted. This is something to be celebrated and to strive to uphold.As the local authority we are committed to supporting you in maintaining high standards and continuing to develop and improve. Our training and development team bring a wealth of skills and experience from a broad range of early years' fields, which include; nursery management, childminding, playwork, teaching, special needs, hospital play specialist, Ofsted inspection and teacher training. This year we welcome on board the Portage Service as another specialised team of trainers to the Early Years offer. We continue to have strong partnership links with Educational Psychology, Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) Health Visiting, Early Help and Prevention and EMAS as well as the regional Ofsted team. As part of the Stronger Futures programme seeks to integrate services for families further, these links are of growing importance. We have continued to work hard looking at the three strands that inform the structure of our training and development programme: Listening to what you as professionals want and looking at the city-wide needs of children and carefully planning training and development opportunities accordingly. Analysing what has worked and what hasn't worked in previous yearsEvaluated the quality and impact of what we have delivered ensuring that we continue to offer high quality training and development opportunities that are good value for money. We understand Portsmouth Early Years like no other organisation and we are proud to have a strong team delivering a high quality service to an outstanding early year's workforce.