Early Childhood Forum

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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.

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Notice of the AGM and next meetings


Future meetings will be via Zoom - details to follow, and members will receive joining information via email.


12 October at 14:00. The October meeting includes the speaker, elections to the Steering Group, together with the annual financial report.

Due to rotation and retirement we have vacancies for two members to the SG plus election for a new chair.

Nominations and suggestions please.

The speaker is Shaddai Tembo, early education lecturer at Perth College and the OU and his subject is:

Making Racial Identity Visible in Early Childhood Education.

More details at: https://www.criticalearlyyears.org/

19 November 2021 at 11:00 TBC

The Steering Group usually meets in the month preceding 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.

ECF does Twitter and Facebook


ECF has renewed its social media links for the benefit of members and other EY professionals.  The new Twitter handle is:


Supporting Children's Social & Emotional Well-being During and After Lockdown

Dr Helen Dodd of the University of Reading in conjuntion with the University of Sussex / Playfirst has asked that members of ECF read and support the attached document. This can be done in the following ways:

Talk about it and share the link to the recommendations on social media tagging @playfirstuk and using the hashtag #playfirst. This is probably the best link:http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/51954

1.Email playfirst@sussex.ac.uk to formally endorse the recommendations. The list of endorsers will be made public over the next day or two. They can add a few lines about why they think it is important if they want to
2.Write to ministers asking for the recomendations to be followed, Gavin Williamson, Minister for Education has been sent a copy.
3.Talk to journalists to increase media activity around the recommendations.

Download: Play_First__Supporting_Children’s_Social_and_Emotional_Wellbeing_During_and_After_Lockdown.pdf

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