Nominate a colleague for the Famly Children’s Champion

We’re supporting Famly’s Children’s Champion Award 2021 as an opportunity to recognise the work of early years practitioners who have gone “above and beyond” this year to support children and families. Nominate someone you know and they will be in with a chance to win £5,000, a trophy and a year’s individual membership of Early […]

Hundreds of school staff march on Downing Street to save nursery schools

Today (Tues 19 Oct), 150 representatives from maintained nursery schools in England will gather in London’s Parliament Square, alongside parents, campaigners and MPs, before marching to Downing Street to deliver a petition to the Chancellor, calling on him to ‘take urgent action’ over funding. The petition has been signed by over 2,000 school leaders, staff […]

Early Education and unions call for long-term MNS funding

Organisations representing Maintained Nursery Schools have joined together to warn the government that it must provide a long-term funding solution for Maintained Nursery Schools (MNS) as part of this autumn’s spending review if further closures and cuts to staffing and services are to be avoided. Early Education, NAHT NEU and Unison have written to both […]

Petition to scrap Reception Baseline delivered to Downing Street

Today, members of the More Than a Score campaign, including Early Education’s Chief Executive, Beatrice Merrick presented a petition of 112,000 signatures to Downing Street calling for the Reception Baseline Assessment to be scrapped. View the coverage on ITV news Daisy Cooper MP, the Lib Dem spokesperson on education and Baroness Blower were present to […]

Parents and educators rally to save nursery schools

Today (Thursday 8th July 2021), parents, school leaders, teachers and advocates for the early years sector will come together in an online public rally calling for the government to commit to investing in early years education and maintained nursery schools. Maintained nursery schools play a vitally important role in early years and in our education […]

Funding pressures put at risk early years education for children with SEND

A survey of maintained nursery schools carried out by Early Education in June 2021 has found increasing demand from children with SEND in the current school year, or for September entry.  However, funding constraints were expected to affect most schools’ ability to support children with SEND in due to additional funding for children with SEND […]

Early Education welcomes new Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood

We welcome today’s announcement from the Royal Foundation of the launch of its Centre for Early Childhood. The Big Change Starts Small report brings together key evidence about the importance of children’s earliest years and we support its recommendations, especially in respect of strengthening the early years workforce.  It rightly identifies the importance of many different professionals in […]

Birth to 5 Matters guidance is launched

Following six months of consultation and input from across the early years sector, the Early Years Coalition tonight launches Birth to 5 Matters.  The materials include a core document available as a free download, with printed copies available to purchase, and an interactive online version which includes all the text from the core document, plus additional resources, […]