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Date: September 8, 2020

Navigating Early Years Policy: Preparing for the Changes Ahead

In the last week, we have seen the publication of Development Matters, the new non-statutory curriculum guidance which supports delivery of the recently revised EYFS. This follows the announcement from the Department for Education around funding to help schools boost early language skills in Reception. We have also heard that an Early Years Sector Coalition are proposing to develop additional guidance. This is a period of rapid change for us all in the sector and we know that careful scrutiny and understanding of these materials will be a high priority for all of you.

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Explore Early Years Policy

Our unbiased National Briefing  webinars in October will explore where things currently stand with policy and development matters guidance and will support you to unpick the implications for leadership and classroom practice for you and your team. We will off a focus on the current debate about the ‘learning gap’ which may have opened over the last few months.  This requires us to consider who is likely to have been most impacted, how best to ascertain what those ‘gaps’ may be and to carefully examine how best we can support young children in a meaningful, developmentally appropriate and sustained way.

As part of the National Briefing, we want to offer you the opportunity to ask questions linked to the changes. We will then dedicate part of the session to answering as many of these as we can. You can submit your questions by completing this form.

Whether you have chosen to be an early adopter of the development matters new policies or are waiting until September 2021 to fully implement these, the National Briefing webinar is a vital starting point. Strategic planning of your next steps will be crucial and with our specialist expertise in Early Years and KS1, we are ideally placed to support you as we tailor our work to meet your priorities. Book a free telephone consultation with one of our Senior Team to discuss your development priorities and a strategic programme of support to suit your budget.


Visit Our Early Years Resource Centre

If you are looking to inspire your team and encourage innovation in your curriculum and environments, we would love to welcome you at our National Centre, which is now open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am – 5pm. Discover our EYFS classroom and outdoor area, bursting with displays and enhancements and our latest innovation is a brand new KS1 classroom. Bring the whole team to explore the unique interactive environments. Book a Guided Learning Walk with one of our experienced consultants to maximise your visit. As always, there is the opportunity to browse our shop as you gain fresh ideas and stock up for the new year.

To book your FREE visit or arrange a guided Learning Walk contact:

Phone: 44 (0) 1422 311314
Email: admin@earlyexcellence.com