Early Childhood Forum

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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

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 


George and Teresa Smith's Sure Start presentation

The pdf version of the Powerpoint Sure Start presentation given by the Smiths on 8 June  is available by clicking this link:

Download: SSCCEarlyYearsForumJune2018.pdf

Queen's Birthday Honours

Dear fellow ECF colleagues,

I am sure you will all wish to join me in sharing the great news that our chair, Melian Mansfield has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to 
Young People, Play and Education. This is a well deserved recognition of all the hard work that Melian provides for a wide range of areas concerning children and young people which we also recognise and celebrate. Thank you Melian for all your hard work, dedication and commitment.

Kind regards,

Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Forum

Kathryn Solly B.Ed., M.A., PGCE (SEN), NPQICL, FRSA
Specialist Early Years Speaker, Consultant, Trainer and Author
Early Education Associate
Froebel Travelling Trainer

ECF Early Childhood Forum