Early Years

 

Early Years

Supporting Families in the Foundation Years

(From children England Newsletter)
In July the Department for Education published Supporting Families in the Foundation Years, which sets out the Government's vision for the services that should be on offer for parents, children and families in the foundation years. It also acts as the Government's response to the Field, Allen and Tickell reviews which looked at child poverty, early intervention and the Early Years Foundation Stage Respectively. The document makes reference to how the Coalition will ensure there are skilled professionals and strong leadership across the sector and describes how the Government is establishing a new relationship with the sector which frees professionals to do what they believe is best. For further information visit:
http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/s/supporting%20families%20in%20the%20foundation%20years.pdf 

 

Graham Allen launches second report on Early Intervention

Graham Allen launches second report on early intervention Mr Allen's first report, Early intervention: the next steps, underlined that many of the costly and damaging social problems for individuals can be eliminated or reduced by giving children and parents the right type of evidence based programmes, especially in their earliest years. This second report focuses on innovative financial approaches to ensure that every baby, child and young person grows up with the basic social and emotional competencies.
Read the key recommendations at:
http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/graham-allen-launches-second-report-early-intervention
Download the second report:
http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/early-intervention-smart-investment-massive-savings
The first report Early Intervention: the next steps was published in January, it underlined that many of the costly and damaging social problems for individuals can be eliminated or reduced by giving children and parents the right type of evidence based programmes 0-18 and especially in their earliest years. Download the first report:
http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/g/graham%20allens%20review%20of%20early%20intervention.pdf

Supporting Families in the Foundation Years

The Department for Education has published Supporting Families in the Foundation Years, which sets out the Government's vision for the services that should be on offer for parents, children and families in the foundation years. It looks at child poverty and early intervention and sets out the Government's plan to focus on child development and place parents and families at the heart of services. It explains the role of different services, working together to ensure that children, their mothers and fathers and other key areas receive early help where needed. Download the report from:
http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/s/supporting%20families%20in%20the%20foundation%20years.pdf 

 Early years providers need help to support the most vulnerable families

Early years providers must be supported to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families if the free entitlement to early education is to be successfully extended to all of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds, an evaluation of pilot schemes has claimed. The study commissioned by the former Department for Children, Schools and Families and undertaken by the National Children's Bureau and National Centre for Social Research said that training will have to be offered to providers with limited experience of catering for vulnerable children.
According to the evaluation, which examined a sample of areas that had piloted the "two-year-old offer" at some stage between 2006 and 2010, the current Early Years Single Funding Formula will not be "financially viable" to support the expansion by 2013, particularly in areas that already have a high demand for childcare.
https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-RR131.pdf