Reception Baseline Assessment webinar

Join us on Monday 9 March at 5pm for a free Foundation Years webinar on the reception baseline assessment. We are delighted that Harriet Rogerson…

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Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. In October…

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Resources for Parents

Childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds Encouraging your toddler’s independence Family Information Services Family relationships Preparing to be a parent School reception class…

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Workforce

Leadership and management As the early years sector matures it will take on its own responsibility to evolve, improve and innovate. Strong, child centred and…

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Reception Baseline Assessment

The reception baseline assessment is a new national assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to children in…

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Childcare entitlements (Practice)

30 hours childcare In June 2019, the Department for Education launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of 30 hours childcare, with a…

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Business planning

Business Sustainability Managing monthly finances Marketing Developing a Business Plan Sustaining Success Introduction to the Sustaining Success programme led by the Primary National Strategy and…

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Childminders

Case Studies Childminder Taking Funded Twos – Rachel Rachel decided that she would like to take funded twos because she felt that some children have…

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Early Years Foundation Stage (Practice)

In October 2019, DfE launched a public consultation seeking views on changes to the statutory framework for the EYFS. The consultation includes proposed changes to…

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Child development and early learning

We all know that findings from early childhood studies and neuroscience have shown that children’s early experiences are important in affecting health, behaviour and developmental…

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SEED research

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major longitudinal study of early years education following almost 6,000 children in England from age…

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Partnership working

School-childminder partnerships case studies As part of the Department for Education’s Voluntary and Community Sector grant programme, Action for Children developed sustainable cross-sector partnerships and…

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Ofsted Education Inspection Framework

The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make. Ofsted consulted on a draft education inspection framework and proposed handbooks between…

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Health and integration in practice

As professionals working in the foundation years, we all do our bit by taking on the responsibility of partnership working with our colleagues in health,…

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Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres are pivotal in cementing the early years and for providing families with services. As a professional working in the foundation years you will…

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Childcare entitlements (Policy)

Free Early Years Provision: Model Agreement The DfE has published a model agreement outlining the information local authorities should include in their agreements with early…

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Childminder agencies

Introduced by the Department for Education in 2014, childminder agencies are ‘one-stop shop’ organisations that register childminders and provide them with training, advice, administrative support…

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Early Years Foundation Stage – Key documents

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early…

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Healthy development

Eat better, start better Getting children eating well for life means starting early. The Eat Better, Start Better guidance and supporting material was developed to help early…

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Early years pupil premium

Case studies Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in the Early Years Friars Primary School and Nursery is a two form entry school based in Shoeburyness, near…

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Quality

As a professional, you know that evidence shows high quality provision during the foundation years has a lasting impact on children’s outcomes, future learning and…

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Home Learning Environment

In 2019, the Department for Education launched Hungry Little Minds – a three-year campaign to encourage parents to engage in activities that support their child’s early…

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations The Government has published guidance to help those who work in early years…

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Language development

Gateway to Writing The Gateway to Writing resources highlight the importance of the four interdependent strands of language development, and the crucial role of practitioners…

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SEND (Practice)

SEN and Disability in the Early Years Toolkit 4Children and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) produced a toolkit for SEN and disability in the early…

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SEND (Policy)

Effective EYSEND Practice The National Children’s Bureau with the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and nasen are carrying out qualitative research into effective practice in…

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Maths

Exploring Mathematics in the Early Years should be fun for both children and practitioners. But sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin…

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Working with health services

Good health is one of the most important determinants of a child’s life chances. All professionals working in the foundation years need to be involved…

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Reception class is the first year at primary school, but unlike every other school year, it is not compulsory for your child to attend, but…

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Working with fathers

Working with fathers is a central, if often neglected, part of the process of giving families the support they need to build healthy, long lasting…

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Working with parents

Mums and dads are the first and most important influence on their child’s development and future outcomes. What interactions take place in the home environment…

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Stabilisers off! on the Early Years Professional Development Programme

Blog from Dr Nicky Platt, EYPDP Programme Lead, Education Development Trust – featured in the February 2020 edition of the Foundation Years newsletter. Allow me…

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Learn – Explore – Debate: January 2020

Over the past two weeks, NCB has led a series of ‘Learn – Explore – Debate’ events around the country, bringing early years professionals together…

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Effective EYSEND Practice

The National Children’s Bureau with the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and nasen are carrying out qualitative research into effective practice in early years and…

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Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms webinar

We were delighted to have Henna Jawaid, Team Leader: EYFS Reform Team at the Department for Education and Hannah Piggott, Senior Researcher at NatCen join…

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