This is the new website for the Early Childhood Forum (ECF), which brings together national organizations and professional associations in the early childhood sector for all young children from birth to seven. ECF exists to promote inclusion, challenge inequalities, debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion high quality experiences for young children and their families.
News & Events
Stop Start - The Sutton Trust
The latest research for the Trust from Prof Kathy Silva, Prof Pam Sammons andd their team at the University of Oxford analyses the decline, adaption and struggle of Sure Start children's centres across England. This was the subject of the talk given by George and Teresa Smith at the June meeting of ECF.
George and Teresa Smith's Sure Start presentation
The pdf version of the Powerpoint Sure Start presentation given by the Smiths on 8 June is available by clicking this link:
Queen's Birthday Honours
Dear fellow ECF colleagues,
I am sure you will all wish to join me in sharing the great news that our chair, Melian Mansfield has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to
Young People, Play and Education. This is a well deserved recognition of all the hard work that Melian provides for a wide range of areas concerning children and young people which we also recognise and celebrate. Thank you Melian for all your hard work, dedication and commitment.
Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Forum
Kathryn Solly B.Ed., M.A., PGCE (SEN), NPQICL, FRSA
Specialist Early Years Speaker, Consultant, Trainer and Author
Early Education Associate
Froebel Travelling Trainer