The Early Childhood Unit (ECU) at NCB works to sustain and improve services for young children through direct work with children's services and settings, and through its national networks.

ECU's mission is to promote young children's well-being, learning and development, and to remove barriers to these by providing support for the planning and provision of services for young children and their families.

The Early Childhood Unit offers information and support to all those working with young children and their families. We work with local authorities, early years providers from maintained, private and volunteer sectors, childminders, schools, universities and a range of professionals from early years, health and social care.

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Early Childhood membership

Join now for significant discounts on training and resources and comprehensive coverage of early years policy, research and effective practice.

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Early years training

NCB offers training to help develop effective practice and improve the quality of services within the early years sector.

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Evaluation of Making it REAL Year 2

Our Research Centre has evaluated the second year of Making it REAL 2013-15 to improve children's early literacy.

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Two-year-olds in schools: baseline survey

Baseline survey of schools: NCB Research department for Department for Education.

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Education and health checks for 2 Year olds

A one-day training course for practitioners and frontline managers of health and early education services.

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The Integrated Review

Materials for health and early years practitioners.

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