NCB hosts a number of early years-based projects and
initiatives. Primarily, the Early Childhood Unit (ECU) works to sustain and
improve the quality of services for young children through direct
work with children's services and settings, and through its
ECU's mission is the promotion of young children's well-being, learning and development, and the removal of barriers to this aim.
NCB is being funded by the DfE to develop a programme of work to improve outcomes for young children through a model of peer to peer support.
NQIN is a specialist body that support quality improvement
managers and policy makers working in early years, play and
ECF aims to bring together partners in the
early childhood sector to debate issues and champion quality
experiences for all young children.
PEAL training supports all early years settings towork in
partnership with parents to enhance children's learning and
The Sheffield REAL (Raising Early
Achievement in Literacy) Project began in 1995 and was the
largest preschool literacy intervention study in the UK.
The Local Authority Early Years Network focuses on addressing cross cutting strategic, policy and practice issues affecting the early years sector.
The YCVN network supports local authorities in developing good
practice in listening to young children.
The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young
People's Services provides a range of products and support services
to improve outcomes.
The ECU has written supporting materials for practitioners
carrying out the EYFS progress check at age two
NCB hosts a number of
play-specific networks and organisations that are dedicated to
raising the profile of play.Find out more
Young Children publication
a time of shifting policy in early years, this second edition
offers a timely reminder that listening to young children is still
important for reviewing service provisionVisit the shop
PEAL training inspires and equips practitioners to
increase the involvement of parents in their young children's early
learning Visit the shop
Find details of new developments, reports and issues in
the early years sectorVisit Sector Update