Early Years


A Brighter Future for Every Childusing the best available research and evidence to help every child thrive and learn in the early years.

Session Videos can be found here.

The PASSWORD for the videos is NELTSH.

This  CPD opportunity is available to all REP schools. It is a joint venture from REP, the North East London Teaching School Hub and the East London Research Teaching School.

More details of login codes will be distributed in September.

Bob Drew is  happy to answer any queries from schools.

Early Years Network Meeting Notes

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms – CPD Opportunity – Upcoming reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will become statutory from September 2021 and will impact all early years providers in England, including primary schools with reception provision and PVI settings.

The two underpinning aims of the reforms are to:

1)      Improve outcomes at age 5 –particularly for disadvantaged children. We need to focus on closing the persistent gap in outcomes: in 2019- 57% children eligible for FSM achieved a good level of development compared with 74% of other children.

2)      Reduce teacher and practitioner workload – to enable teachers and practitioners to spend more time interacting with children in their care and to engage children in rich curriculum activities.


There is an opportunity to receive some bespoke CPD / training to support you and your setting with the new EYFS reform ahead of statutory roll-out in September 2021. In order to be eligible for the training you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • judged Requires Improvement (RI) or inadequate in the last 3 years
  • high numbers of children in receipt of EY Pupil Premium
  • high numbers of children with SEND needs
  • high numbers of children taking up the disadvantaged 2-year-old offer
  • high numbers of disadvantaged children.

The training will be led by Early Years Specialist Leaders (SLEs) in Education who will firstly have a conversation with you about your specific training requirements and then tailor the offer of support to.

In parallel the Department for Education (DfE) is developing online materials to support practitioners with the upcoming reforms.  Your feedback on the areas of the reforms you need most support with will also feed into the design and content of the online support package.

 For further details please contact: [email protected]