My name is Emma Whelam-Tate and I’m honoured to introduce myself to you as the Director of the Northern Lights Early Years Stronger Practice Hub. I started my journey in Early Years as a nursery nurse working in a deprived area of Sunderland, supporting children and families with English as an additional language. This opportunity sparked a deep-rooted passion for the sector and I knew then that this is where I was meant to be. Through further education, I progressed to a senior practitioner and then into teaching, specialising in child development and early education with the 0-5 age range. My passion for the sector and working with others excelled my career into leadership, where I have had the privilege of leading a team of nine practitioners and 90 children, as well as working with and supporting a large range of settings across region. I firmly believe that high quality professional development and collaboration with others can unite the Early Years workforce as we come together to achieve greater outcomes for our children. I look forward to becoming a familiar face and working with you all through the Early Years Stronger Practice Hub.
We are delighted to announce that we have a full team at Northern Lights Early Years Stronger Practice Hub! Our official partners are:
We are delighted to be able to represent the whole early years sector and provide expert and specialist support for 0-5 including SEND.
What is the Northern Lights SPH vision?
Our vision is to work with the whole Early Years sector with children from birth to pre reception and practitioners from childminders, the PVI sector, maintained nursery schools and early years settings within primary schools. This will unite the workforce to create a successful Stronger Practice Hub which will support our young, vulnerable and disadvantaged children as we recover from the impact of Covid-19. Our SHP will provide a ‘buzz’ of regular activity within the sector as we work towards uniting the workforce to overcome current challenges through engaging and responsive social media, online learning portals and face-to-face events. We will work in collaboration with our SPH partners and associates to provide high quality professional development that is based upon local intelligence and is responsive to the needs of the communities we serve. We will proactively share best practice examples of evidenced informed practice which will support practitioners to improve outcomes for our children. Through the delivery of our EEF programmes, we will provide quality professional development which is aimed at supporting children’s learning and development in the areas that have been significantly impacted by Covid.
As a DfE designated Early Years Stronger Practice Hub, our remit is to work directly with the sector to provide advice, share practice through local experts, and offer evidence-based professional development for all early years practitioners of children from birth to reception.
The DfE overarching aim for the hub is:
‘To help pre-reception early years settings adopt evidence-based practice improvements to address key Covid recovery issues, and build trusted networks for sharing effective practice’
We aim to do this by:
•Providing high quality professional development to practitioners to improve outcomes for pupils in disadvantaged areas and our young and vulnerable children who have been impacted by Covid
•Creating networks of support across the sector to provide evidence informed practice to improve outcomes for children.
•Working with Local Authorities, the Expert and Mentors programme and the Childminder mentor programme to identify settings to support with bespoke support, funding to access EEF programmes as well as advice and sharing best practice.
The role of DfE, NCB and the EEF in the SPH
Education Endowment Foundation are the Evidence Partner and will provide an introduction to an evidence-based Framework on what works to support child outcomes, to underpin the work of the Hubs, and support hubs to translate evidence into practice.
The Early Years Evidence Store been designed to support Stronger Practice Hubs work with early years providers, but it can be used by everyone working in the early years.
National Children’s Bureau as Delivery Partner will lead the relationships with the Hubs, providing oversight and quality assurance. They will also facilitate best practice and intelligence sharing between the Hubs.
The Department for Education work closely with NCB an EEF to ensure the government vision for Hubs is met.
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