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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.

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International Early Learning Study


Invitation to attend the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network IELS (International Early Learning Study) event on Thursday 8th February 2018 in the John Tudor room at Central Hall Westminster, London; from 13.00-17.00

Confirmed speakers are:

Frances Forsyth, IELS project lead from the Department for Education

Professor Christine Pascal – Centre for Research in Early Childhood; Member of the IELS National Advisory Committee

Professor Tony Bertram - Centre for Research in Early Childhood; Member of the IELS National Advisory Committee

Emeritus Professor Peter Moss - Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education

Professor Mathias Urban– Dublin City University; Member of the IELS National Advisory Committee

A member of IELS Project Team from the National Foundation for Educational Research


The first two and a half hours of the event will be given over to the speakers with an hour’s panel discussion following the tea break.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please make sure you are able to attend the event before booking a place as non-attendance will deprive someone else who is able to attend!

To reserve your place please complete the attached booking form and email it to me at carolyn.silberfeld@btinternet.com

Please also email me or if you require any further information.

Download: Application_for_IELS_Event_08.02.18.docx

ECF Chairman's response to the OfSTED report: Bold Beginnings

The Early Childhood Forum is concerned that recommendations from government ministers, who are proposing a baseline test for four year olds, and OfSTED, who have just issued a report on reception classes, appear to demonstrate that established knowledge and understanding of how young children learn are not being used to formulate policy. The strength of feeling from our members across the early childhood sector in rejecting these proposed changes and recommendations is very evident (see from examples from TACTYC and NAPE ) .
Most other countries do not consider formal teaching of reading and writing until children are seven when they learn very quickly. What is being proposed and much of what is happening already will not only fail children at a young age, but consequently damage their progress and motivation for the rest of their education.
Research is plentiful - why do Ministers and now worryingly OfSTED- not heed the research?
Melian Mansfield
Chair Early Childhood Forum
This letter has been published in the Guardian and Nursery World

ECF Early Childhood Forum