Bespoke packages and consultancy

Tailored training and consultancy package.

We offer a number of opportunities to support literacy and mathematical development in the early years.

Packages can include initial planning and support for engagement, training in the Making it REAL approach for those who will support practitioners across an authority, and follow-up to identify successes and challenges.


Packages tailored to individual needs from £3,250 +VAT for one day's training plus pre- and post-training consultation.

Making it REAL Creative

Making it REAL Creative builds on the successful model of Making it REAL as a foundation for developing early literacy. Making it REAL Creative extends the REAL concept through partnerships with artists and cultural organisations, embedding creativity and cultural engagement in literacy development through a multi-agency approach, connecting early years practitioners with local artists and cultural organisations within a community.

Example: REAL Creative project in Hastings

The REAL Creative project involved eight early years settings across Hastings between January and July 2019. Of these, one was a school-based nursery and lead setting for the Early Years hub but the majority were in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector. Each setting was paired with a creative practitioner, experienced in working with young children. These included a poet and illustrator; a theatre practitioner and a local storyteller. Cultural venues - De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Museum, Jerwood Gallery and Hastings Libraries - were likewise an essential part of the programme.

Children across the cohort made substantial progress in all areas of communication: listening and attention; talking; understanding and social communication. Parents' attitudes also altered and their ability to recognise and act on learning opportunities increased significantly, indicating the probability of long-term improvement in the HLE.

I’ve picked up things to take home, incorporating music and movement into stories.

Feedback from the REAL Creative Project in Hastings

Making it REAL Creative can be offered as a bespoke package with ECU working with local authorities and/ or other local organisations to design and deliver a Making it REAL Creative project. This includes delivery of Making it REAL training to practitioners, with additional sessions for including Making it REAL Creative learning. ECU can facilitate practitioners and settings to deliver a series of home visits and literacy events, with the support of local artists and local cultural settings, such as art galleries, museums and libraries.


Packages tailored to individual needs. Please contact [email protected] to discuss options for any of these Bespoke packages.