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Early Years Hub


Introducing the Bright Futures NW Early Years Stronger Practice Hub, established in November 2022.

Throughout the pandemic, the youngest children in the most disadvantaged areas of England were among the hardest hit by lockdowns and social distancing. A responsive programme of support for staff and children has been developed by the Government to assist recovery and address the disruption of Covid-19. This includes new funding to support settings to address the impact of the pandemic on young children by sharing effective evidence-informed practice and building lasting local networks via the Stronger Practice Hubs programme.

The Stronger Practice Hub model works directly with the sector on a system leadership approach, with strong settings becoming a base for support, collaboration and practice sharing for and with other parts of the sector. The DFE has commissioned the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) to manage the relationships with Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs,including providing support, oversight and quality assurance, as well as running the selection process.

Our Early Years Stronger Practice Hub (EYSPH) will support settings to adopt evidence-informed practice improvements – in line with the framework developed for the programme by the Education Endowment Foundation, as well as with the reformedEarly Years Foundation Stage, Development Matters.


  • Establishing local networks of settings to share knowledge and effective practice
  • Proactively sharing information and advice on evidence-informed approaches, for example, through newsletters, blogs, events, network webinars and social media
  • Acting as a point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting/ referring to other funded support
  • Working with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to settings
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The Hub
144 Irlam Road, Flixton
Manchester M41 6NA