Our Early Years Connect project was driven by a vision to work with strategic partners to build and embed an improvement strategy, ensuring high quality outcomes for all children and families, particularly the most disadvantaged. Building on local collaborative primary and secondary practices, we worked together to establish and maintain local, information-sharing protocols, to allow us to identify and target priority settings.
The role of the Early Years Practice Development Partner (EYPDP) was pivotal in facilitating Early Years improvement, providing leadership capacity and facilitation of Joint Practice Development (JPD) in response to sector needs. EYPDPs representing the Early Years sector (childminders, private, voluntary and independent nurseries, children’s centres, nursery classes and Reception Year) supported and challenged practice.
Initially, the programme focused on raising standards in Communication, Language and Literacy (CLL) and high quality provision for two year olds. This necessitated co-construction with the health sector, including speech and language therapists and health visitors. As the project expanded into its third year, other specialisms were developed, requiring the strengthening of existing and forging of new partnerships.
We retain the expertise of accredited EY practitioners able to support in independent settings other than own (with consideration to Covid guidelines of course). If you would like to talk to us more about this, please contact us.