These are defined as Early Years and Childcare Networks across the City made up of schools, childminders, private nurseries, playgroups and out of school clubs with a focus on ensuring there are sufficient high quality and flexible early years and childcare places to meet demand.
They meet at least thee times a year to focus on three key themes:-
see Partnership Statements within Ofsted Reports in Useful Documents
Partnership Chair - Each Shared Foundation Partnership has an appointed Chair. The Chair persuades and influences and ensures that principles and values remain central to the workings of the partnership. They should also support the continued focus on the three key themes at each main meeting alongside implementation of the SFP Action Plan.
Social Mobility Champion - It is recommended that each Shared Foundation Partnership identifies a champion from within their partnership to give focus to closing the word gap in the early years and promoting the sharing of best practice. The role involves identifying and supporting disadvantaged groups and could be any member of the partnership with a passion for work in this area.
Partnership SENCo - To ensure that Special Educational Needs and vulnerability are on the agenda of partnership meetings to share information and good practice and the most effective use of funding streams such as Disability Access Fund (DAF), Deprivation Supplement, Early Years Inclusion Funding (EYIF) and Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). They also complete and regularly review the Shared Foundation Partnership Inclusion Offer template.
Partnership QTS - To ensure the Early Years Foundation Stage is central to the workings of the partnership and to attend relevant training for the partnerships.
We will host information sessions in the main Local Area Team areas across the city twice yearly. We encourage as many members of Shared Foundation Partnerships as possible to attend any of the sessions on offer.
Information Sessions will be held:
Tuesday 16th March 10:00-11:30am via Zoom
Tuesday 16th March 19:00-20:30 via Zoom
These information sessions provide an update and recap on key areas relating to Early Education Funding and quality/OFSTED inspections.
To book a place, please email email@example.com
The partnerships have been the focus of independent research evaluations looking at the stages of partnership development, the good features and proficiency of individual partnerships and 30 hours childcare.
They have also been taken as an example of Early Years System Leadership by the National College for Teaching and Leadership following research by Professor Iram Siraj, University of London.
The partnerships have also been included as a case study for Hempsalls Childcare Works ‘What We know’ Report’.
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