Our Early Years Connect project is 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 are working together to establish and maintain local, information-sharing protocols, which will allow us to identify and target priority settings.
We regard the role of the Early Years Practice Development Partner (EYPDP) as 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) support and challenge 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 is now expanding into its third year, other specialisms are being developed, requiring the strengthening of existing and forging of new partnerships.