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Your views needed – on the Foundation Years Strategic Partnership
We are currently undertaking a review of the work provided by the Foundation Years Strategic Partnership – including this newsletter, the Foundation Years website, and the events and resources provided by the partnership – and we need your help to complete it.

Do you subscribe to the e-newsletter or use the website? Have you attended a Learn, Explore, Debate event or some of the other events and conferences run by the Strategic Partnership or 4Children? Would you be able to spare 15 – 20 minutes to share your views of the impact that the Strategic Partnership has had?

We are keen to capture the views of a range of people working in the foundation years including childminders, nurseries, headteachers, children’s centres and local authority staff.

Interviews will take place over the telephone in December, January and early February and can be booked in at a time to suit you.

If you would like to contribute to this evaluation please contact Angela Style at Daycare Trust by email at [email protected] by telephone 020 7940 7533.

Daycare Trust
A new family and childcare charity formed by the merger of the Family and Parenting Institute and Daycare Trust has been given the go ahead. The boards of both charities agreed the merger. By combining the strengths of both FPI and Daycare Trust, pooling resources and expertise, the new organisation aims to be the leading charity for family and childcare issues in the UK. It will be led by Anand Shukla, the current chief executive of Daycare Trust, who will take up his new role on January 1, 2013. For more info see

NCB are holding anearly years networks regional event in Leicester on Improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children on Tuesday 22 January. This will feature Brenda Taggart of the Institute of Education on The Power of Pre-school: Evidence from the Effective Pre-School, Primary & Secondary Education project and a choice of workshops on Early literacy work with families and REAL, Eat Better Start Better, and Quality provision for two-year-olds. This is a free event but places are limited to two per local authority.

Book your free place now

Download the event flyer or read the workshop descriptions

This is a free event but places are limited to two per local authority.

New early support key working training dates have just been announced. The training embeds the Early Support principles in the key working functions and raises awareness of the importance of access to partnership working and key working support to facilitate children’s, young people’s and families’ journeys.

Early Support also produce a quarterly newsletter full of news and upcoming events. You can subscribe for the newsletter here.


Children England
Children England have produced new free downloadable guidance for children’s charity trustees, Governing for Children. This second edition of ‘Governing For Children’ has been produced with the support of the Department for Education’s Strategic Partner Programme to assist trustees in meeting these new challenges arising from the increasingly complex funding environment through which they need to steer their organisations.


NDNA’s healthy lifestyle campaign which aims to give children the energy for play, learning and fun. The celebration week is taking place from 11 -17 March 2013 where nurseries and children can take part in fun and healthy activities.

NDNA’s Nursery Awards are the voted for by parents and are open to all nurseries across the UK. Your nursery could be the NDNA’s Nursery of the Year for 2013!

New research from National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and the University of Oxford has found that social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, plays an important role in helping nurseries engage with busy parents. The study found that the biggest barrier to nurseries engaging with parents was parents’ lack of time.

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched a new NDNA Early Years Development Zone course ‘nutrition & healthy eating’. This will help nursery practitioners, cooks and chefs further develop their knowledge and understanding of healthy, balanced nutritious food and drinks to support children’s health and wellbeing.–zone


Institute of Health Visiting
The Institute of Health Visiting has just published itsfirst newsletter. The Institute’s strap line is Excellence in Practiceand they aspire to all health visitors having the resources to provide every family with timely help, and evidence based consistent information to support their parenting role. They will be publishing quarterly newsletters about the work of the iHV for all those who sign up for them through the website, and more frequent newsletters and alerts with specific professional content.

Contact a Family
If you are the parent of a child who has a disability or health condition, please take five minutes to fill out Contact a Family’s short survey. The information you provide will help Contact a Family find out how widespread unofficial exclusions are and how the practice can impact on family life.
You can listen here to find out more about unofficial exclusions from Jill Davies from Contact a Family’s SEN National Advice Service. This information is relevant to schools in England and Wales only.

The latest edition of Contact a Family’s magazine Connected, focuses on an issue closely related to stigma and discrimination.

Contact a Family also have a guide for parents whose children are being bullied to help deal with it.


As Montessorians enter the second century of their work with children in the United Kingdom, the principles identified by Dr Maria Montessori continue to underpin the work of our schools. The EYFS expresses these principles in terms with which Montessorians are very familiar and to support practitioner they have produced a guide to the EYFS,


Best Practice Network
Best Practice Network are currently recruiting for course in Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, South West, London and the South East starting in January 2013 and September 2013. They offer four different pathways to suit your needs and a range of funding opportunities and business to support your journey to Early Years Professional Status. You can find more information here.


Addaction is one of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol treatment charities, and we developed the First Steps training programme in partnership with the Department for Education in 2011, working towards the department’s key strategic objective to improve outcomes for families with multiple problems. First Steps training increases practitioner ability to engage with and improve outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable families affected by substance misuse. It also promotes and improves integrated working between adult substance misuse and children’s services within local authority areas in line with the ‘Troubled Families’ agenda.

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