Early Childhood Forum

ECF - at the heart of Early Years from birth to 7 years
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A Charter for Early Childhood

ECF has produced a 12 point charter that aims to influence the manifestos of all the political parties. Several member organisations have produced their own manifestos and we encourage the whole sector to seek areas for consensus to guide politicians in their decision making, using the latest evidence from research and practice. Please feel free to use the charter within your own organisations:


ECF Charter v21.pdf

Attachment & Inclusion Statement

ECF aims to bring together partners in the early childhood sector to debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion quality experiences for all young children from birth to seven and their families. It promotes inclusion and challenges inequalities.


ECF Attachment Statement.pdf

ECF/NCB Participation and Belonging leaflet.pdf

ECF Policy Agenda

ECF Publications

Download free electronic copies of ECF leaflets here:

Championing Young Children's Rights and Entitlements [PDF 570KB]
This focused on ECF's first annual campaign and was published in March 2007.

Working for Children [PDF 596KB]
This focused on ECF's second annual campaign on workforce development and was launched in March 2008.

Working in Partnership [PDF 933KB]
This focused on ECF's third annual campaign on partnership working and was launched in March 2009.

Celebrating Difference [PDF 2.58MB]
This focused on ECF's fourth annual campaign on addressing inequalities and valuing diversity and was launched in March 2010.

It's All About Play [PDF 726KB]
This joint leaflet with Play England was distributed as an insert in the 17 April 2008 issue of Nursery World.

Participation and Belonging in Early Years Settings [PDF 65KB]
Produced by ECF, NCB and Surestart, updated 2005.

ECF's Charter
ECF's Charter

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