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Welcome to the Foundation Years website - the best place to find information and support if you work in the early years and childcare delivering services for children and families.

The broad range of information accessible on this site is developed by government, professionals and the voluntary and community sector and is continually updated with the latest news, information and resources.

On this site you can find:

And more!

Professional with mum and childrenWe all know that parents play a crucial role in supporting their child’s development.

We also know that one of the most valuable resources that children and families have during the early years are the professionals who support them.

The Foundation Years website brings together information from many sources to help you support children to develop and flourish.

Child development

Throughout this website we focus on the importance of child development and pedagogy. This is so that by the age of 5, all children are ready to take full advantage of the next stage of their learning and ready for school – as a result of carefully crafted support given by the professionals they have interacted with during their learning and development journey from pre-birth to age 5.

The importance of the role that families play in supporting young children is a key influence in children’s development. We highlight how professionals can work with parents and families.

Early intervention

Early intervention is vital to secure the best possible outcomes and careful consideration by all professionals working together is required to ensure the best possible support is available.

Early intervention is at the heart of the core purpose for children’s centres. Strong building blocks to cement early intervention are the Healthy Child ProgrammeFamily Nurse Partnership Programme, the integrated review and information sharing between health and early years.