Great North Early Years Stronger Practice Hub

WISE Academies are proud to support Haltwhistle Primary Academy as the lead setting for the Great North Early Years Stronger Practice Hub.

Working together with SEND to Learn Nursery, Cleaswell Hill School, Bothal Primary School, and Childminder Deborah Savoy, The Great North Early Years Stronger Practice Hub will act as a guide supporting other nurseries and childminders in our area to adopt evidence-based practices and improvements to their outcomes.

In line with the Department for Education's ambitions for the Early Years sector, our Stronger Practice Hub will support the sector to address the impact of COVID-19 on the learning and development of young children. Guided by research and evidence, this focus initially on the areas of personal social and emotional development (PSED), communication and language skills, as well as early literacy and mathematical proficiency.

What is an Early Years Stronger Practice Hub?

The Stronger Practice Hubs programme is part of the Department for Education’s Early Years Education COVID-19 Recovery Package. The programme aims to support settings to address the impact of the pandemic on young children, by sharing effective practice and building lasting local networks.

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) have been appointed national delivery partner for the programme, with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) supporting them as evidence partners.

Early years stronger practice hubs offer guidance, exchange exemplary practices, and provide evidence-backed professional growth opportunities for professionals working in the field of early childhood education.

Each Hub is led by a group-based (school-based, private, voluntary, or independent) early years provider. The Department’s ambition is for Hubs to be evenly distributed across England, with two Hubs in each of the nine government office regions.

What we offer

  • an established local network of early years educators to share knowledge and effective practice
  • shared information and advice on evidence-based approaches – for example, through newsletters, blogs and social media
  • a point of contact for bespoke advice
  • signposting to other funded support
  • working with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to nurseries and childminders

Upcoming Events 

Early Identification Network Session at Central Primary School - 22nd of November, 4:00pm - 5:30pm 

Find out how our strategic partners at Bothal and Central Primary Schools have great success with their EEF evidence-informed practice linked to early identification and action and how to effectively support children with a wide range of needs. This will include networking opportunities and a look around their enabling environments.

Location: Central Primary School
Milburn Road
NE63 0AX
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EYPDP Webinar - Saturday, 2nd of December (Virtual Event) 

The Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) is an exciting opportunity for Early Years practitioners to improve their understanding and skills in supporting the development of the most disadvantaged children between the ages of 2 and 4.

The programme provides support for practitioners to:

  • Improve skills to identify children at risk of speech, language and communication needs
  • Provide an understanding of the theory of child development in early mathematics
  • Develop skills to support children’s self-confidence, relationships, and self-awareness through expertly developed
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development training
  • Improve engagement with parents and carers to support the home learning environment.
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EEF Webinar - 13th of December, 4:00pm - 4:45pm (Virtual Event)

A simple guide to the EEF and how to use it. 

Join our Hub and the Town End Research School for a tour of the EEF's Early Years Evidence Store and Tool Kit. Learn how to identify the 'best bets' linked to evidence-informed practice and programmes. 

Location: via Zoom.
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Early Years SENCO Level 3 Qualification - January (Date TBD) (Virtual event)

Are you a childminder or work in a PVI? Book on to find out more about the Early Years SENCO Level 3. This is an important role to ensure the best possible educational outcomes are achieved for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Delivered via Zoom.
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SEL in Early Years at Town End Academy - Date TBC in January (TBD)

Come along to find out about how to improve SEL and PSED in your setting using evidence-informed practice from the EEF evidence store. Hear first-hand from a nursery practitioner who has put several strategies in place to support learners with a wide range of needs. Learn about the impact of these strategies and see how the environment has been designed to support these pupils.

Location: WISE Academies, Head Office,
Borodin Avenue, Town End Farm,
Sunderland, SR5 4NX
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