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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

Education Endowment Fund - Preparing for Literacy


This is part of a series of reports that the EEF is producing on the theme of literacy. It focuses on the teaching of communication, language and literacy to children between the ages of three and five. However, it may also be applicable to older pupils who have fallen behind their peers, or younger pupils who are making rapid progress. Two earlier reports cover the typical requirements of teaching literacy in Key Stage 1 (ages 5–7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11).

Please click the link below to access the report;


Stop Start - The Sutton Trust


The latest research for the Trust from Prof Kathy Silva, Prof Pam Sammons andd their team at the University of Oxford analyses the decline, adaption and struggle of Sure Start children's centres across England.  This was the subject of the talk given by George and Teresa Smith at the June meeting of ECF.

The link to the Stop Start report where it can be freely downloaded is at 


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