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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

Better without Baseline - latest update

The DfE is renewing its push for Baseline Assessment despite earlier moves to sideline it. On 30 March they launched a 12 week consultation but using only one computer-based scheme. It is understood that far fewer headteachers are using it this year as compared to last.

Apparently DfE will not be consulting on whether or what sort of baseline to use but only on what is the best time to do it (beginning or end of Reception / Year 1)

Update 3 May 2017:

The Better without Baseline Group met today. It was agreed that members should be encouraged to respond to the Primary Assessment consultation by June 22nd - the more the better. There will be a briefing provided by the Group to help. It would also be useful for members - and parents and teachers to write to their MPs when elected to raise awareness and ask questions before government reconvenes.

The NAHT still seem to support the idea of Baseline assessment. The Education Select Committee reports on primary Assessmetn and mental health in education just published may however help our cause (see below)



http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/ nursery-world/news/1161025/ mps-urge-caution-over- introducing-reception- baseline?utm_content=&utm_ campaign=02.05.17%20NW% 20Update&utm_source=Nursery% 20World&utm_medium=adestra_ email&utm_term=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.nurseryworld.co.uk% 2Fnursery-world%2Fnews% 2F1161025%2Fmps-urge-caution- over-introducing-reception- baseline

Please see Better without Baseline's press release in response to the consultation process previously announced (update awaited) :

Download: Baseline_press_release_30_March_2017.docx

Strengthening the Current and Future Workforce

The Jacobs Foundation and other organisations have produced a report concerning European Business Leaders' Actions to support Early Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).

Please click the link below to access it:

Download: Euro-Forum-Thematic-Paper-FINAL_(1).pdf

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