Early Childhood Forum

ECF - at the heart of Early Years from birth to 7 years
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If you would like to find out how to become a member please go to our membership information page.

Contact us

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


The Early Childhood Forum (ECF), brings together national organisations 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

A Charter for Early Childhood

Early Childhood Forum launched A Charter for Early Childhood at the Houses of Parliament in 2014, designed to transform policy and practice based on our beliefs and principles. With the proposed and actual changes happening now, our 12 point Charter seeks consensus across the whole sector to guide politicians in their decision making, using the latest evidence from research and practice.

Some of ECF's charter principles are discussed in Sue Palmer's book called 'Upstart' which states the case for raising the school starting age and providing what the under sevens really need.


Download: ECF_Charter_2016.pdf



Meetings are coducted via Zoom - details on this website

Speakers for the next two meetings are still to be confirmed - watch this space.

The Steering Group usually meets in the month preceeding these main meetings, so if you have any issues you wish to be raised please let us know

by emailing  them to earlychildhoodforum@yahoo.co.uk in good time for consideration. There will be one general meeting per term conducted via Zoom and three

newsletters, one per term.

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