Delivered by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, the programme aims to develop staff’s interactions with children to improve the language skills of two- and three-year-olds. The evaluation will be led by Durham University.
- 29 hours of training over 8 months (blended online and in person)
- 2-4 hours supporting colleagues at Durham University to evaluate the programme
- FREE training received in year 1 or 2 of the project (depending on randomization)
- £400 incentive payment
- 50% of backfill costs
- Located in the following London boroughs (Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Camden, Redbridge, Barnet, City of London, Westminster, Newham, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich and Brent).
- Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) nursery or a state funded school-based nursery offering Free Early Education and Childcare (FEE) for 2-year-olds.
- Have a minimum of 8 children aged 2-years-old at the start of September 2023, who will attend the setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week during the 2023-2024 school year.
- Able to commit to releasing one practitioner who works directly with 2-3-year-olds as the ‘EYCP Champion’ to attend training sessions throughout the project.
- Able to commit to releasing the setting manager or the Early Years Foundation Stage lead for 3 training sessions, in addition to supporting the ‘EYCP Champion’ throughout the project.
- Have not participated in Manor Park Talks or Newham Communication Project.
- Are not taking part in the DfE’s Early Years Professional Development Programme provided by Elkan or any other Early Years trials funded by the EEF or similar funder.
- As part of the Department for Education’s Early Years Recovery Programme, Stronger Practice Hubs across England and the Education Endowment Foundation are working together to fund Early Years settings’ access to evidence-informed programmes and study the programme’s influence on practice and children’s outcomes.
- This initiative aims to support education recovery following the pandemic, whilst also developing our understanding of effective professional development in the early years.
- The EEF is working with A Brighter Start – East London’s Early Years Stronger Practice Hub to fund settings’ access to Early Years Conversation Project and evaluate the programme through an efficacy trial.
- State-maintained and private, voluntary and independent nurseries in the following local authorities are being invited to take part in this research project.