Early Years Aspirations...

In addition to our support partners, we focus on, discuss and draw out insight from range of organisations and individuals who support the development of Early Years Education. In all cases, these are organisations and people who have had some level of positive interaction with us, or one of our renowned education partners.

Insight 2 Mental Health
At Insight2 Mental Health, we firmly believe that the focus must be on prevention rather than cure. Having a greater understanding of how to keep ourselves mentally well is vital, but this can mean changing ingrained habits. Through a variety of interactive and enjoyable training programmes, Insight2 Mental Health can help you to gain a deeper understanding of mental health and mental ill health, and suggests ways in which you can keep yourself mentally well.

APW Training

Here at APW Training we deliver professional and engaging training, from basic life support to more specialist training for healthcare professionals in GP and Dental settings.

Vicky Ford MP
Open Letter to parents and carers of children and young people with SEND, their families and those who support them

BBC Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.

Magic Acorns
Magic Acorns encounters the world with children, learns what children can do from children, and learns what art can do by listening to children. We create aesthetic work, which is made for – and with – children under five.

Mine Conkbayir
Dr Mine Conkbayir is a lecturer, award-winning author and trainer. She has worked in the field of early childhood education and care for over 17 years. Mine is the winner of the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 5 Most Inspirational People in Childcare Award.

CACHE is the leading specialist in Early Years Education, with a heritage in the sector dating back more than 70 years. Our experience and reputation within the sector is the reason why more providers choose CACHE than anyone else.

UNISON is the largest union in early years and nurseries, representing over 50,000 members in support staff roles across the UK.

Early Education
We are a national charity supporting early years practitioners with training, resources and professional networks, and campaigning for quality education for the youngest children.

Birth to 5 Matters:
Birth to 5 Matters provides comprehensive guidance, drawing on previous guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which has been updated in order to reflect recent research, to meet the needs of practitioners, to respond to current issues in society, to meet the needs of children today and to lay a strong foundation for their futures.

That Nursery Life
That Nursery Life is here for you: the early years professional caught between a rock and a hard place. You want to be the best professional that you can be, there to support and nurture children’s development to the utmost, and we are here to help you get the support and tools that you need.’

The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days
Early Years Healthy Development Review – led by Early Years Health Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP. The review, initiated in July 2020.

Contemporary curriculum debates in Early Childhood Education and Care

Nursery World – interview with Jo Churchill and Andrea Leadsom
Nursery World is the UK’s leading magazine and website for practitioners and decision-makers across the early years education and childcare sectors.

Early Childhood Maths Group
Early years mathematics pedagogy: exploration, apprenticeship & making sense. The ECMG has identified some key principles for helping young children to learn maths, in terms of provision, activities, teaching strategies and dispositions. These are supported by photos of varied practice, with the aim of promoting positivity and success for all children in mathematics.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the leading professional association and trade union for all school and college leaders. We are proud to support and represent more than 20,500 school and college leaders of primary, secondary and post-16 education from across the UK.

Youth Sport Trust
Delivered through resources and training for both the practitioner and family, Healthy Movers aims to develop physical literacy in children and improve their school readiness and social mobility.

Suffolk County Council: SEND Strategy
In 2017, Suffolk launched our first SEND Strategy. As part of that, over the last three years partners across Education, Health and Care have worked hard to improve services for children and young people with SEND and their families in Suffolk, and as a result, we have new specialist school units and special schools, better access to Speech and Language Therapy and more timely statutory assessments.

The JABADAO team has been researching physical development for over 20 years, observing children, talking with early years practitioners and teasing out theoretical models. The result is a constantly up-dating contemporary practice called Developmental Movement Play (DMP).

The SENDIASS service is for children and young people (up to 25 years) and their parents and carers, in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a free confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and disability.

The Suffolk VASP (Voluntary and Statutory Partnership) for Mental Health is a network for anyone with an interest in mental health.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Anna Freud Learning Network is a free national network for individuals and organisations which shares the latest research, resources and learning opportunities to those working to transform the mental health of children and young people.

St John Ambulance
Safeguarding Yourself and Others – (Adverse Childhood Experience) Briefings 2021

At the Centre for Child Mental Health we have experts in all aspects of mental health to support your CPD and training needs. We understand the challenging task of enabling troubled children and young people to thrive.

Hirstwood Training
Richard Hirstwood is the founder of and lead consultant for Hirstwood Training. He is passionate about enabling educators/practitioners to maximise the impact of delivering sensory learning opportunities, in a sensory room or other learning environment, with the resources available to them. 

Andrew Colley
Andrew Colley was senior lecturer in special education at the University of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities from 2015 – 2019. He is currently a p/t postgraduate student at Wolfson College Cambridge and an occasional lecturer at The University of Suffolk.  He has a particular interest in improving outcomes for young people with severe and profound or multiple learning difficulties.

Education Endowment Foundation

EEF has one overriding purpose: to use evidence of what works in schools to improve teaching and learning, especially for the most disadvantaged. But it can be challenging for school leaders to know how the latest research relates to different contexts.

Bee Bots
An introduction to programming with Bee-Bots.

Barry Carpenter Education
Barry Carpenter is the UK’s first Professor in Mental Health in Education, a Chair created for him at Oxford Brookes University. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford. In July 2020 he was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching , for his leadership of the Education field during the pandemic.


Assure is an independent education consultancy which offers a range of services to schools, teaching schools alliances, private voluntary and independent nurseries, multi academy trusts and local authorities.

The Royal Foundation
In 2020, The Royal Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a major research study, exploring what the UK thinks about the early years. The findings from this landmark work were shared in the #5BigInsights, which provide an unrivalled insight into public attitudes on the topic as well as informing The Duchess’ work in this area. It will also be a vital source of information for the early years sector, helping to improve understanding of public perceptions of the importance of the early years, and the first-hand experiences of parents, families and carers.

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