In March, NCB worked with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the latest round of our Learn – Explore – Debate eventsUnlike previous events, these were held specifically for school-based early years practitioners in England.

Over 450 school-based early years practitioners, as well as representatives from local authorities, signed up, over three days, to hear from the DfE and Ofsted and to connect with their colleagues from across the country. These events were planned with feedback from the Foundation Years community at the forefront of our thinking, and they focused on the Early Years Education Recovery Programme, assessment under the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and Ofsted inspections under the revised framework.

The recordings, slides and case studies from the events are now available to view below.


Introduction from the National Children’s Bureau

Gill Holden gives an introduction to the event and an overview of NCB’s role as the DfE’s stakeholder engagement partner. You can view Gill’s slides here.


Session 1: COVID-19 recovery and the EYFS reforms

EYFS reforms and COVID-19 recovery

Emma Spick-Fletcher from the DfE gives an update on the EYFS reforms and the early years COVID-19 recovery programme. You can view Emma’s slides here.

Assessment under the new EYFS

Anna Jones from the DfE gives an update on assessment following the EYFS reforms. Anna’s presentation was followed by a short Q&A session. You can view Anna’s slides here

Case study: Whiteknights School in Reading

Kirstie O’Leary, the Early Years Assistant Head and Reception teacher from Whiteknights School in Reading, talks to us about how implementing the reforms has gone for them.


Session 2: Ofsted inspections under the revised EYFS

Wendy Ratcliff HMI and Phil Minns HMI from Ofsted presented on inspections under the revised EYFS, followed by a short Q&A session. You can view Ofsted’s slides here.