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C4EO is a partner with NCB in a programme funded by the DfE* to provide a programme of peer
to peer support, using an evidence-based approach to improve the quality
of early years settings. Working mainly with local authorities, the programme is
based on C4EO's previous model of tailored peer to peer support. Together under
this funded programme NCB and C4EO have expanded their existing number of early
years sector specialists. Now included are specialists drawn from NCB's networks
who can offer training and support in areas such as listening to young children,
parental partnership and engagement, and supporting the home learning environment.
These new sector specialists have joined the existing pool to offer support to the
early years sector and work with local authorities, settings, organisations or particular
groups within the children's workforce. Sector specialists are able to offer up
to five days on assignments that can include the previous menu of support, helping
local authorities and others to:
Within assignments they are now also able to offer:
* This work is supported by the DfE's Improving Outcomes for Children, Young People
and Families fund.
on peer to peer support.
The work on this theme was shaped and guided by a Theme Advisory Group.
Click here for more information about theme advisory groups and the membership
for this theme.
With the reorganisations of children's services as a whole that are underway in
many local areas, the piloting of payment by results approaches in children's centres,
along with other aspects of early years services, we are keen to capture the good
work that is already in place and to share this with others.
We are particularly keen to receive examples of practice on:
More details on the request for practice examples: children's centres and early
C4EO has developed an accountability and performance framework for Children's Centre
Managers and Local Authority senior managers. This framework addresses whether
the services provided are actually improving the lives of those children and families
who are using the centres, and secondly it helps assess whether the services being
delivered are value for money.
C4EO sector specialists will be offering the framework to local authorities as a
potential tool for relevant Early Years assignments. We would welcome any
feedback from those who use the framework including how useful you find it and how
you may have adapted it locally.
Please contact Helen Goody with your
feedback or for more information.
A Performance and Accountability Framework
for a Children's Centre or group of Children's Centres (158Kb PDF file, 18 pages)
For more information about this theme contact C4EO on 020 7843 6358 or email us
You can also sign up for regular email updates.
The National College hosts a range of Together for Children's support products,
toolkits and case studies. Visit the Together
for Children section on the National College website.
C4EO is publishing and will regularly update a range of resources on Early Years.
For a more detailed description of each type of resource, see
Our services .
This paper provides a brief overview of the policy context that underpins the trials,
a description of the elements that the trials have been testing out with some case
studies, the key findings and learning points from the trials that can be shared,
and finally, signposting to the tools and materials that the local areas have produced
and can be shared.
of the entitlement to free education for disadvantaged two-year-olds (484Kb PDF
file, 31 pages).
The Early Years Directors' summary is a concise and accessible overview of C4EO’s
current work in this theme for directors of children’s services.
The following resources are now available on Early Years:
Government Office Region presentations
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As with all C4EO themes, C4EO recognises that not all useful knowledge about ‘what
works’ and why, is to be found in research reports and papers. We are therefore
keen to hear about practice that is leading to significantly improved outcomes for
children, young people and their families.
We will incorporate validated local practice examples into our full reviews on what
works, which will be shared with other decision-makers in the children’s services
field. We will also include them as a special body of evidence on this website.
To be validated, practice examples need to be supported by some evidence which shows
the outcomes and changes that have been achieved.
If you would like to submit an example of effective local practice, please:
Alternatively you can:
If you have any queries regarding validated local practice, please do not hesitate
to contact Monica Hetherington at NFER via
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See how local practice examples are making a difference
My Baby’s Brain Project, Hertfordshire
West Berkshire Every Child a Talker
Healthy Early Years Accreditation, Tower Hamlets
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Suggest local practice examples
Coram Ealing Children Centre Outreach Service
A project approach to supporting leadership of high quality childcare for funded two year old children and their families, Kirklees.
Family Journey, Rochdale: improving child and family well-being, through increasing parents’ confidence and ability in responding to children’s needs
View all promising local practice
Developing an Early Years Strategy, Cumbria
A Journey to Change – Children’s Centres moving families forward, Blackpool
Transforming Early Years - Knowsley
View all emerging local practice
Find out about Children and Young Peoples' views
on Early Years.