Networks are an opportunity for childminders or early years practitioners and leaders to share knowledge and effective practice. They are a fantastic way of making connections with like-minded colleagues working within the Early Years sector. One of the main objectives of the Stronger Practice Hub is to support existing networks and establish new ones where they do not yet exist. 

There are a variety of networks, both locally and regionally, for childminders and practitioners from across our SPH region.  

Regional Networks

Regional networks offer opportunities for inspiration, reflection and professional development. They enable you to connect with others outside of your Local Authority. Regional network events will be delivered in a variety of formats; CPD workshops, webinars, guest speakers, curiosity circles, and more. These will be mostly online.

Current Regional Networks you can be a part of include:

Working with Babies Network
Spotlight on Twos Network
Childminder Network
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network
SEND Network
Communication, Language and Literacy Network
PSED Network – Coming Soon
Maths Network – Coming Soon
Leadership and Staff Development Network – Coming Soon

You can sign up and manage your network memberships when you subscribe to our mailing list and through your My Account page.

Local Networks

Local networks are an opportunity to meet face-to-face or online with other childminders or early years practitioners working within your Local Authority.

They may have specific focuses for discussion, or they may give you an opportunity to reflect upon current highlights and challenges in your setting. Local networks may be hosted at a variety of settings so different types of provision can inspire you. These networks create possibilities for making connections with other settings to call upon between meetings for advice or to share practice. 

The SPH Network leads and Local Specialist Leaders are working with your Local Authorities and with local groups to add value to existing local networks and to identify where we can support the development of new local networks.

If you would like to make contact with our Network leads, please email



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