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

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