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A new website has been launched today by national charity, 4Children, offering all professionals who work in the Foundation Years a ‘one stop shop’ for all the information and support they need to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families.

The online portal, Families in the Foundation Years: From pregnancy to children age 5 (www.foundationyears.org.uk) has been launched by 4Children as the lead partner in the Department for Education’s strategic partnership, working with Government and partner charities to support the foundation years. 4Children launched a section of the website earlier in the summer to provide crucial help, guidance and advice for parents. Today, a dedicated section for professionals is being unveiled to support all those who work in childcare, health or education across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Families in the Foundation Years: From pregnancy to children age 5 has been designed to promote best practice and encourage collaboration within the early years sector, as well as other relevant professions such as health and education. The website will:

  • Serve as a reference point for the entire early years sector
  • Engage and canvass the views of professionals on a range of developments and topical issues within the sector, in order to promote and release the knowledge of the sector to Government and the public. The first issue to be discussed and debated will the core purpose of Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • Promote events and opportunities of relevance to professionals working with young children and their families
  • Provide practical support for the day to day challenges that professionals working in the foundation years may encounter
  • Host information on policy developments, sector news and useful publications
  • Provide downloadable resources and case studies setting out examples of best practice

Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:

“The launch of this new website puts a new spotlight on the foundation years and provides everyone with an interest in young children, across all relevant sectors, with the support they need at their fingertips. I hope everyone will make good use of the resource and spread the word to friends and colleagues. In doing so, we can strengthen the foundation years and really deliver for children and families everywhere.”

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For further information, please contact: Julie Evans at Julie.Evans@4Children.co.uk or call 020 7522 6929 / 0791 787 0641

Screen shots of the website are available on request.

4Children’s Foundations for the Future partner charities are the Fatherhood Institute; Contact a Family; Children England; Daycare Trust and The Social Investment Business

The parenting section of http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents guides parents through what they can expect to encounter during pregnancy and the first five years of their child’s life, explaining what support and services they are entitled to in each phase of the child’s development. It also provides advice as well as signposting to the best sources of help available on other websites. The overall aim is to improve the later lives of children by ensuring that families have all the advice and information they need to give their child the best possible start.

4Children
4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.

We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families.  As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences.  Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.

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