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Early Years Hubs for Excellence

Core purpose

The core purpose of Early Years Hubs for Excellence is to enable the diverse early education provision in East Sussex to thrive through a culture of collaboration and trust.

Hubs enable schools, pre-schools, childminders, health visitors, Children’s Centres, other key partners and the Local Authority to work in partnership across their local area to achieve high quality early years provision for all children.

The aim is to ensure that:

  • All children are able to attend an early education provision that is rated at least ‘good’ by Ofsted.
  • All children achieve the best possible outcomes from their early education.
  • All children experience consistent and wherever possible seamless Foundation Stage learning.
  • EYFS practitioners can support each other in sharing good practice and discussing current practice and pedagogy.

Organisation of the Early Years Hub

  • Early Years hubs should seek to include representatives from all types of Early Years providers including Children’s Centres and health visitors.
  • The hubs are aligned with the Education Improvement Partnerships and endeavour to meet the needs identified by their local community.
  • Each early years hub is hosted by a school that chairs the meetings, oversees the administration of the group and is accountable for any financial spend in the hub.
  • It is suggested that each group will meet a minimum of 6 times each academic year. This could include training, sharing good practice, network opportunities and moderation for example.
  • Each host school is a member of the strategic group and reports to the EIP executive.
  • Hub leads within an EIP meet to action plan for their group of hubs, monitor and review the progress of their plan. They attend the central hub meetings to discuss developments, ways forward and share good practice.

Key Activities

  • Conduct an early analysis of outcomes and identify common issues.
  • Audit all provision to identify key strengths.
  • Use data available and local knowledge to identify key priorities for improvement.
  • Develop an annual action plan to run over the school year, which responds to the priorities of all early education provision in the area.
  • Build capacity for mutual support: exchange ideas, skills, knowledge and share good practice.
  • Provide / commission / facilitate support, training and resources for all early education provision in the area.
  • Provide a voice for Early Years Hubs for Excellence within School Alliances and Education Improvement Partnerships. The representative will be expected to represent the views of the local hub and to communicate back key messages.
  • Evaluate the impact of support and interventions and account for any funding received.