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:
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:
Austerity Cuts to Children's Centres
Research led by Prof. Pamela Sammons from Oxford University's Deprtment of Education clearly indicates that whilst disadvantaged families benefit most from their use of Children's Centres, austerity cuts to service will be doubly harmful.
The ECCE study looked at 2600 families attending 117 phase 1 and phase 2 childrens' centres over a six year period.
Full report available at: