Early Childhood Forum

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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

Sense - Making the Case for Play Report


The new report from SENSE reveals the severe restrictions facing disabled children in accessing play, and identifies failings at every level that result in disabled children missing out on opportunities essential to their emotional, social, and physical development. A lack of attention by government, insufficient funding at a local level, and a negative attitudes towards disabled children and their families, are all barriers highlighted in the report.

The report calls for urgent action to address these inequalities and to support the Prime Minister in delivering on his recent call to improve the life chances of all children. Please follow the link for the full report:

Download: Sense_-_Making_the_Case_for_Play_-_Full_Report.pdf

Keeping Early Years Unique Conferences, 2018


KEYU (Keeping Early Years Unique) is organising a series of conferences open to all EY practitioners, managers and headteachers.

Topics include: Anna Ephgrave - Plan as you Interact; Kathryn Solly - Leadership in the Early Years; Kym Scott - What does Challenging Play look like in the Early Years, and Elaine Bennett - Inspiring Young Mathematicians through Play. Visit the KEYU website for confirmed speakers and specific topics for each event.


Guildford  Saturday 23 June 2018 (NEW DATE) at Guildford Nursery School and Children's Centre, entitled " Bolder Beginnings - Strengthening the Early Years through Play, Pedagogy and Practice.

Book through: eventbrite.co.uk (reference: 42153497245)

Nottingham 28 April, at De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU

entitled " Bolder Beginnings - Strengthening the Early Years through Play, Pedagogy and Practice.'

Ticket prices £75 - £125

Book through: eventbrite.co.uk (reference:42604390880)

and London 14 July at Goldsmiths College, details to be confirmed

Contact via email: conference@keyu.co.uk

HMG's Life Chances Strategy Inquiry

The Early Childhood Studies Degree Network states that there is substantial empirical evidence and numerous Parliamentary reports that recognise the importance of what happens in early childhood and the impact on life chances (APPG, Fit and Healthy Childhoods, 2015). The ECSDN strongly urges the government committee to use the Life Chances Strategy Inquiry, not just to add to this wealth of evidence, but to ensure that action is taken to actually support systemic transformation that will enhance the life chances of our youngest generation now and in the future.

Full text from ECSDN available at:

Download: ECSDN_Response_to_Life_Chances_Inquiry_Final.docx

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