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The strategic partnership for the early years and childcare sector is a group of voluntary and community organisations coming together to improve quality, influence government policy and promote best practice. It will be a source of information for parents, families and those working in the Foundation Years and will provide a one-stop resource bringing together news and information from across the sector.
The strategic partnership is made up of six organisations – 4Children, Daycare Trust, the Fatherhood Institute, Children England, Contact a Family, and The Social Investment Business – and ten associated theme partners who will each bring their unique expertise and focus to the programme to ensure it delivers for the entire sector.
Find out more about the Foundation Years work...
4Children is currently working in partnership with the Office of People Management and The Social Investment Business to identify and address the business skills training gaps of smaller providers across the early years sector. Providers being targeted include free entitlement, childminders, nursery providers, children’s centre and out of school settings.
The programme aims to deliver training events, business skills seminars, a web based audit tool for use, identify a team of champions/trainers and train them to SFEDI standards based on the findings of the initial needs analysis being undertaken.
Read more about the Business Skills for Early Years and Childcare programme...
4Children is working with nine local authorities in England to improve capacity of Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) organisations to take an active role in managing and delivering services in children’s centres. The programme aims to help remove barriers to involvement, improve local authority involvement, engagement and commissioning of the VCS in delivery of children’s centre services.
4Children aims to work to improve children’s centre managers involvement, engagement and commissioning of the VCS in delivery of children’s centre services and to work with other early years and childcare organisations in receipt of VCS grant funding to support cohesive delivery of funded activities for the sector.
Read more about the Children's Centres programme...
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