Early Childhood Forum

ECF - at the heart of Early Years from birth to 7 years
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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

Data links for State schools

The RISE website provides easy access to many sources of information of on-line data about education in England. Visit: www.riseinformationcentre.org.uk

A Sense of Place


The Nature Effect / Oxfordshire Parenting Forum has published a 'Sense of Place' booklet. Working with local grandparents the enquiry group looked at ways to engage children and adults with playing, learning and communicating outdoors. Read the booklet by following the link below:

Download: TNE_grandparents_booklet.01.pdf

Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy)

From the NCB:

Making it REAL sets out to improve the way practitioners work with parents; to hand over knowledge and build confidence through meaningful early literacy activities to support the early home learning environment and ultimately improve literacy and wider outcomes for young children and their families.  Engaging parents in their children's early literacy development has been shown to improve children's outcomes and is a valuable intervention for narrowing the gap between disadvantaged and other children. Further details from: http://www.ncb.org.uk/ecu/making-it-real

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