Stronger Practice Hubs — 9 Aug 2022More
The National Children’s Bureau is national delivery partner for the Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs programme, working on behalf of the Department of Education (DfE).
The Stronger Practice Hubs programme launches in November 2022, and is part of the DfE’s Early Years Education COVID-19 Recovery Package. The programme aims to support settings to address the impact of the pandemic on young children, by sharing effective practice and building lasting local networks.
Existing, well-established early years settings can apply to become Stronger Practice Hubs from 15th August until mid-September 2022, and will support other settings in their area to adopt evidence-based practice improvements.
NCB will be leading the relationships with the new Hubs, including providing oversight and quality assurance, as well as running the upcoming selection process.
NCB will be supported by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) who will be the Evidence Partner for the programme. EEF will support the Stronger Practice Hubs by providing accessible information about the evidence around Early Years approaches and processes that support practice change. EEF will also support Stronger Practice Hubs in their approach to communicating and engaging other settings with implementing these evidence-informed practices, e.g. through exemplification and professional development programmes.
The role of Stronger Practice Hubs
Stronger Practice Hubs will support other early years settings to improve outcomes for children in their local area across the EYFS, but specifically focusing on areas of development that research informs us have been most impacted by COVID-19: personal social and emotional development (PSED); communication and language, and early literacy and maths.
Each Stronger Practice Hub will support settings to adopt well-evidenced practice improvements by:
- Establishing local networks of settings to share knowledge and effective practice.
- Proactively sharing information and advice on evidence-based approaches, for example, through newsletters, blogs, events and social media.
- Acting as a point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting to other funded support.
- Working with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to settings.
Each Stronger Practice Hub will play a key role in developing the types of support that they will offer to settings and providers in their area. Stronger Practice Hub deliverables will be agreed locally as part of a co-produced process with the Stronger Practice Hub, DfE and NCB, to produce a bespoke support offer for the local sector that meets the needs of early years professionals, and ultimately of children under 5 in the area. Stronger Practice Hubs will receive grant funding from DfE to support this important work.
To sign up for direct updates on the applications process, and for any other questions, please email NCB’s Stronger Practice Hubs team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar for local authorities
On 11 August, we hosted a webinar to provide information specifically for our colleagues in local authorities, and to give them an opportunity to ask questions of ourselves, DfE and EEF.
Webinar for early years settings
On 17 August and 9th September, we hosted webinars to provide information to all early years settings who are looking to get involved in the Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs programme.