First Stronger Practice Hubs announced

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the first 12 settings in England that will be early years Stronger Practice Hubs.

Early years Stronger Practice Hubs will provide advice, share good practice, and offer evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners. The hubs are part of the early years education recovery support package which also includes the early years experts and mentors programme. The DfE's ambition is to fund two hubs in each region of England (a total of 18 once a further six are appointed next Spring).

The early years Stronger Practice Hubs programme is supported by the Education Endowment Foundation and the National Children’s Bureau.

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What will the hubs do?

Early years Stronger Practice Hubs will be funded for 2 years until late 2024.

Stronger Practice Hubs will support other nurseries and childminders in their area to adopt evidence-based practice improvements, by:

  • establishing local networks of early years educators to share knowledge and effective practice;
  • proactively sharing information and advice on evidence-based approaches - for example, through newsletters, blogs and social media;
  • acting as a point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting to other funded support; and
  • working with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to nurseries and childminders.

The Hubs

The first round of applications for hubs closed on 23 September 2022. Hubs are made up of a lead group-based setting and up to four additional partners. The successful hubs are listed below. Note that some hubs may add additional partners to their partnership so the list of partners is not exhaustive. Further details will be made available about how early years educators can access support from the hubs. The DfE plans to appoint the remaining six hubs in the summer of 2023.

East Midlands

Lead:

  • Pen Green Centre

Partners:

  • Kingswood Community Nursery
  • Pen Green Centre (0-3s provision)
  • Leona Smith (Childminder)
  • Charnwood Nursery and Pre-school

East of England

Lead:

  • Highfield Nursery School

Partners:

  • Early Years @ Highfield
  • Early Years @ Highfield, Whitehouse
  • Wigwams Nursery
  • The Oaks Primary school

London

Lead:

  • Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Partners:

  • St Barnabas Preschool
  • Honey’s Childcare

North East

Lead:

  • Benedict Biscop CE Academy (Northern Lights Learning Trust)

Partner:

  • Sunningdale Special school

North West

Lead:

  • Lime Tree Primary Academy (Bright Futures Educational Trust)

Partners:

  • Wellfield Infants & Nursery School
  • Stanley Grove Primary Academy (Bright Futures Educational Trust)
  • ESSA Primary Academy

South East

Lead:

  • Blagdon Nursery School

Partners:

  • Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children and Families
  • Victoria Park Nursery School and Family Hub
  • Maidenhead Nursery School
  • Dingley’s Promise

Lead:

  • Discovery Day Nursery

Partners:

  • Northfleet Nursery School
  • Smarties Nursery
  • Oaks Day Nursery
  • Gemma MacLachlan (Childminder)

South West

Lead:

  • St Pauls Nursery School & Children's Centre

Partners:

  • Redcliffe Nursery School
  • Archfield House Nursery & Preschool
  • Millie’s Garden
  • Springboard Opportunity Group, Clevedon

Lead:

  • Plym Bridge Nursery and Daycare

Partners:

  • Ham Drive Nursery School and Daycare
  • The Cabin
  • Becky’s Tiny Teddies

West Midlands

Lead:

  • Bloomsbury Nursery School

Partners:

  • Castle Vale Nursery School
  • Weoley Castle Nursery School
  • Adderley Nursery School
  • Norton Hall Children and Family Centre

Lead:

  • Ryders Hayes School (Ryders Hayes Academy Trust)

Partners:

  • Fullbrook Maintained Nursery School
  • Abu Bakr Day Nursery
  • Kiddies Playhouse

Yorkshire & Humber

Lead:

  • St Edmund's Nursery School

Partners:

  • Children’s Place Day Nursery, Dewsbury
  • Dixons Allerton Academy
  • Belinda O’Hare (Childminder)
  • Co-op Academy Delius

Contact us

Please email any questions you have about the programme to the National Children’s Bureau’s Stronger Practice Hubs team at [email protected].