We are delighted to announce that we have become an Early Years Stronger Practice Hub for the South West region.

The Stronger Practice Hubs programme is part of the DfE’s Early Years Education COVID-19 Recovery Package. The programme aims to support settings to address the impact of the pandemic on young children, by sharing effective practice and building lasting local networks.

The early years Stronger Practice Hub programme is supported by the Education Endowment Foundation and the National Children’s Bureau.

Our Partners

St Pauls Nursery School & Children’s Centre is the Lead for the Stronger Practice Hub. St. Pauls established and leads the Teaching Hub BEYTH. Therefore, we will facilitate the SPH through BEYTH.

For the funding period, BEYTH will become, Bristol & Beyond Early Years Hub: A Stronger Practice Hub for the South West.

Our partners bring unique experience and expertise and will help to steer the SPH programme as it develops. They are:

The Role of Stronger Practice Hubs

Stronger Practice Hubs will support other early years settings to improve outcomes for children in their local area across the EYFS, but specifically focusing on areas of development that research informs us have been most impacted by COVID-19: personal social and emotional development (PSED); communication and language, and early literacy and maths.

Each Stronger Practice Hub will support settings to adopt well-evidenced practice improvements by:

  • establishing local networks of early years educators to share knowledge and effective practice;
  • proactively sharing information and advice on evidence-based approaches – for example, through newsletters, blogs and social media;
  • acting as a point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting to other funded support; and
  • working with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to nurseries and childminders.

More information about stronger practice hubs is available here.