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
ECF General Meeting Dates
Wednesday 13 March
Thursday 6 June
All meetings start at 10:30 and will be held at Montessori, 38 Marlborough Place, London NW8 0PE
The Steering Group meets in September and January prior to these main meetings, so if you have any issues you wish to be raised please let us know in good time.
Education Endowment Fund - Preparing for Literacy
This is part of a series of reports that the EEF is producing on the theme of literacy. It focuses on the teaching of communication, language and literacy to children between the ages of three and five. However, it may also be applicable to older pupils who have fallen behind their peers, or younger pupils who are making rapid progress. Two earlier reports cover the typical requirements of teaching literacy in Key Stage 1 (ages 5–7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11).
Please click the link below to access the report;
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.