NCB to Roll Out Stronger Early Years Practice Centers in November

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The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has been named the National Delivery Partner of the Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs program.

Stronger Practice Hubs will launch in November 2022 as part of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) Early Childhood Education Covid-19 Recovery Scheme.

Each hub will support other early years settings to improve outcomes for children in their region through the EYFS, addressing the impact of the pandemic on areas such as personal social and emotional development (PSED), communication and language, and early literacy and math, by sharing effective practices, learning from evidence and building local networks.

The hubs will be spread evenly across England, with the ambition to establish two hubs in each region, with 18 in total. The program will be funded for two years until the end of 2024.

NCB will lead relationships with new hubs, including providing oversight and quality assurance and leading the selection process.

The organization will be supported by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), which will be the evidence partner for the program, providing evidence-based information about early childhood approaches and processes.

Anna Feuchtwang, CEO of NCB, said:We are delighted to coordinate the new, stronger Early Years Practice Centers on behalf of the DfE. This work will allow the best settings to share their approaches with others in their area, as well as ground their work in research evidence on the most effective early childhood support. We look forward to working with early years settings across England to improve and share their exceptional work.

Starting today, early years settings can apply to become stronger centers of practice and support other settings in their region by adopting evidence-based practice improvements.

Eligible parameters must be:

  • a group early childhood setting, including school (maintained by local authorities or schools belonging to multi-academy trusts where the application comes from the school rather than the trust itself) and private, voluntary or independent (LDV)
  • currently rated Good or Exceptional by Ofsted
  • provide pre-school education prior to childcare

Parameters can apply to become stronger practice centers here

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