Early Childhood Forum

The new website for ECF



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If you would like to contact ECF please email your enquiry to: earlychildhoodforum@yahoo.co.uk


This is the new website for the Early Childhood Forum (ECF), which brings together national organizations and professional associations in the early childhood sector for all young children from birth to seven. ECF exists to promote inclusion, challenge inequalities, debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion high quality experiences for young children and their families.

News & Events

What About the Children? Conference 20 March


What About The Children? Conference 20th March 2019 Book now! Early Bird Discount ends 31st January

 The focus of the 2019 conference is mental health and what needs to change to reduce the growing number of children and young people with mental health problems. Speakers include: Dr Cheryll Adams CBE Institute of Health Visiting, Mary Gordon, Founder & President of Roots of Empathy, Dr Pam Jarvis, Leeds Trinity University, Dr Aric Sigman, Member of a Fit and Healthy Childhood APPG.. For more details and to book your place see attached flyer or go to our website www.whataboutthechildren.org.uk or phone 0845 602 7145

Early Bird Discount £65 (2nd delegate from same organisation £35) Full Delegate price £85 (£45 for 2nd delegate from same organisation)

Don't Let Them Test Four-Year-olds


Letter from More Than A Score:

Don’t let them test four-year-olds

The government is splashing out £10 million on its plans to test four and five-year-olds in English and maths when they start school. This is despite overwhelming opposition from parents, heads, teachers and education experts — and no evidence that small children can be reliably assessed.

We only have a few more months to demand a halt to the roll-out of these pointless and damaging tests: from September, schools across the country will be taking part in a pilot of the new regime.

We already have over 36,000 signatures on our petition to Nick Gibb MP, the Schools Minister. Can you help us reach our goal of 50,000 names?

Share this email with your friends and family, especially if they have children starting school in September. Ask them to sign our petition.

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Would you want your four-year-old to sit tests in English and maths in their first few weeks of school?  Let’s make our voices heard: our children are More Than A Score.

Best wishes

The More Than A Score team

ECSDN Conference


The second Early Childhood Studies Degree Network Conference will be held at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD on Friday 25 January 2019. Click below for more details:

Download: ECSDN_Conference_programme.pdf

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