Support for the EYFS in Teaching School Hubs
As a UK charity focused on raising the quality of early childhood education, our mission is to support schools to give every child the best start through high quality foundation stage provision. We do this by enhancing the expertise for the adults working with them and we also campaign to improve the policy environment, including better funding for early years.
How we can support your work
In the light of the 2021 EYFS reforms, Ofsted’s current strategic focus on the early years and the ongoing impact of the pandemic, anyone leading or working in the Foundation Stage has been facing constant change and challenge. For any leaders who are not themselves early years specialists, it may be particularly hard to know where to turn for outside expertise and advice. Early Education (the British Association for Early Childhood Education) has a hundred year history of supporting the development of high quality early childhood education. We welcome engagement with anyone seeking to benefit from our depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise on early years curriculum and pedagogy.
Continuing professional development for staff in the early years
We can help you provide CPD for staff in nursery and reception provision with the support and advice of our early years specialists who provide bespoke training and consultancy for local authorities, schools, settings and other organisations, ranging from one-off training delivery to ongoing project and quality improvement support. We can help you expand the range of training and support you offer to local schools on early years pedagogy and curriculum beyond the expertise you may have within your hub’s team. By outsourcing your early years specialist training to us, you can be confident that you will be offering your hub members high quality training and education that will have an impact on the quality of foundation stage provision.
Events and content worth signposting
To add value to your communications, you can be confident in the quality of our content when signposting your network members to our articles and events, many of which are free to access. By taking out membership you can access more resources, including our fortnightly bulletins summarising key early years news and updates.
Connecting early years professionals
We have built a connected community of early years practitioners and organisations through our membership, both online and through our local branches. We provide opportunities for networking, sharing best practice, continued learning and enhancing your provision. Link up your hub members with our volunteer-run local Early Education branch for opportunities for networking, sharing best practice, continued learning and enhancing early years provision.
We recognise the challenges the sector faces and campaign to address these issues. By adding your voice to our campaigns, you will be helping towards a better early years sector for both the educators and the children.
We campaign for:
- increased early years funding to raise the quality and sustainability of the sector. We are the only early years sector organisation addressing the needs of early years in schools including the cost of paying qualified teachers. We speak out on issues such as the recent changes to Teachers Pay and Pension Grant funding for early years in schools and have been instrumental in obtaining and increasing supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools.
- policies that support high quality early childhood education. This includes campaigning against the Reception Baseline Assessment and leading the Early Years Coalition of organisations which developed the Birth to 5 Matters non-statutory guidance. Birth to 5 Matters was developed by the sector, for the sector, to support the introduction of the revised EYFS, and has been widely welcomed and implemented by practitioners.