The Early Years strand is a strategic partnership bringing together expert practitioners and consultants across Leicester City with the aim of improving outcomes for children at the very start of their educational journey. Projects include working with schools to improve their provision and personalise learning for their children, closing the word and number gap by working with parents and children together to secure early words and numbers as well as providing high quality training to NQTs and practitioners new to the EYFS. The strand also brings together key messages, best practice and the latest developments and disseminates these to practitioners across the city along with useful resources. There are termly network meetings and CPD opportunities across the year. There is also support for schools in the form of Early Years Health Checks to review the quality of provision and provide bespoke guidance in improving outcomes for Early Years.

The project has now concluded with a final meet-up of all schools involved who had the opportunity to share good practice and partner with another school to support next steps in their journey. Evaluation has taken place and schools report value in the project and know what to do for the next stage of their journey

Projects

Early Years Project

Closing the Gap was delighted with the 14 schools who signed up to run the ‘Early Words Together’ project which connects with families and supports them in helping their child to lay the foundations of language. Practitioners within each school attended training and then used this training to work with families in each school.

The project is progressing well with 91% of practitioners finding the training highly useful and 135 families worked with on the project.  We are looking forward to hosting an event to share best practice and to celebrate the completion of the programme to which all practitioners and families will be invited.

We are looking forward to hosting an event to share best practice and to celebrate the completion of the programme to which all practitioners and families will be invited.

New to EYFS

The programme is progressing well and we are supporting 20 practitioners in their first year of EYFS. Feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive; the tailored support means that the knowledge and skills learned can be applied to their own setting therefore positively impacting on their own professional development and their children’s attainment.

The programme has now concluded with 17 practitioners having completed the programme. Feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive; all practitioners surveyed found the programme really useful and would recommend it to others. We are delighted that our delegates now have the confidence and skills to apply to their own practice and positively impact on children’s attainment.

Early Years Resources