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4Children and the National Children’s Bureau have been chosen as the Department for Education’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) strategic partner for the next two years.

This collaboration will form The Children’s Partnership, which will work with a consortium of organisations including Barnardos, the Family and Childcare Trust, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and NSPCC. Over the next two years, the partnership will provide policy and delivery advice to the Government and support the sector to develop new and sustainable approaches, focusing on two priority areas – early years and childcare, and adoption and care.

  • Adoption and Children in Care – NCB and Barnardos
  • Early Years and Childcare – 4 Children

–     Families – Families and Childcare Trust

–     Safeguarding – NSPCC

    –  Young People – NCVYS

Early Years and Childcare Strategic Partnership

Early Years Theme Grant Holders

The Department for Education has announced 16 specific early years and childcare grants to voluntary and community organisations to support you.  These organisations and the focus of these grants are:

Childcare provision

4c4Children will bring together day care providers and child minders in Community Childcare Hubs to develop a financially sustainable model for a flexible childcare offer.

4Children develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences.

afcAction for Children will recruit and train 630 new child minders to help meet demand, and support disabled, vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes to make a difference in their lives.

bdosBarnardo’s will improve the availability and flexibility of high quality childcare provision and increase parental employment.

Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through projects, campaigning and research whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.

faFamily Action will increase the supply of sustainable and affordable wraparound care in schools in areas with insufficient provision.

Family Action is a leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families.  They work with over 45,000 children and families a year by providing practical, emotional and financial support.

ndnaNational Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) will undertake cross-cutting policy development and delivery of services to improve quality.

National Day Nurseries Association is the charity representing children’s day nurseries across the UK, promoting quality in early years care and education for the benefit of children, their families and the local community.

Training and quality

4c4Children will develop and disseminate best practice approaches that will help commissioners and Children’s Centres reach out and deliver the biggest impact to disadvantaged families.

4Children develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences.

ncbNational Children’s Bureau will develop accredited training routes for practitioners using a multi-media approach with a focus on supporting two-year olds.

NCB supports children, young people and families and those who work with them. Their vision is a society in which children and young people are valued, their rights respected and responsibilities enhanced.


tctThe Communication Trust will develop and test an e-learning approach for an accredited qualification to support children and young people’s speech, language and communication.

The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. We support the children’s workforce to meet the needs of all children.

pslaThe Pre-school Learning Alliance will deliver workforce training to improve early education and childcare settings, enabling all children to succeed.

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An educational charity, the Alliance represents over 14,000 member settings.

pgPen Green Centre for Children and Families and Research Centre will offer training and accreditation courses focusing on support for nurseries and child minders including two-year olds.

Based in a large Children’s Centre, Pen Green provide professional training and higher education courses for everyone involved in early years. Their research and work with families is renowned both nationally and internationally.

Improving access and engagement

FCT_logo_ES_72dpiThe Family and Childcare Trust will improve access to early education and childcare services for disadvantaged families by developing and delivering ‘Parent Champions Plus’.

The Family and Childcare Trust is the name of the charity formed from the merger of the Family and Parenting Institute and Daycare Trust.


nltThe National Literacy Trust will develop a model for Children’s Centres to improve engagement of vulnerable families and support volunteers to improve children’s early literacy and language skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity that believes everyone in the UK should have the literacy skills they need. They are the only charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK.

iowThe Institute of Wellbeing Ltd (IOW) will support Children’s Centres and other settings to engage and support disadvantaged families, using best practice resources and training.

As leading specialists in the field, IOW are committed to deliver the highest standards and offer exceptional levels of support in achieving their vision of harmony for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Supporting parents

hsHome-Start UK will lead a parenting and school readiness initiative through an expansion of trained volunteers to provide intensive support to parents.

Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

fiThe Fatherhood Institute will embed fathers into everyday practice and increase fathers’ engagement in their children’s learning.

The Fatherhood Institute is the UK’s fatherhood think-and-do-tank. Their vision is a society that gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and supports both parents as earners and carers.

oxpipOXPIP: The Oxford Parent Infant Project will support the emerging PIP movement so it can develop, grow and widen access to parent-infant psychotherapy for 0-2 year olds.

The Oxford Parent Infant Project helps parents and their babies to form strong and loving attachments. OXPIP offers therapeutic help to parents and their babies from birth to the age of two.

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