Professionals Hub – Introduction

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parents playing with babies You are the resource that makes the greatest difference to children and families. The foundation years workforce is diverse in its composition, including midwifes, health visitors, GPS, Sure Start Children’s Centre leaders and staff, nursery and preschool practitioners, child minders, head teachers, teachers, social works foster caress, family and young people support workers, speech and language therapists community children’s nurses and special needs co coordinators, and many more.


Whatever your professional heritage, you as a foundation years professional have a shared responsibility and commitment with your colleagues to foster children’s healthy development and give support to their families.


As the foundation years embed as a discipline, you will need to become skilled in evidence based interventions, multi-disciplinary knowledge, and teamwork as well as your specialism.


The new Teaching Agency to be established in April 2012 will include early years workers as part of its remit.

Find out more about the Teaching Agency as it develops here. Live from April 2012



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Comments (15)

  1. Jash, October 26, 2011
    New web site great idea, keep me informed of progress please!
    • 4Children Early Years Team, October 27, 2011
      Thank you Jash! We'll keep updating as new developments are made.
  2. Shahina Khan, October 27, 2011
    I will be privileged to be part of this big learning community
  3. Rebecca, October 27, 2011
    Great website, hoping it will be a useful resource.
  4. Sarah Howells, October 28, 2011
    Earlyarts can help to promote quality practice and we encourage our members to get involved in knowledge sharing, professional development and good practice. Earlyarts ( is the national network supporting professionals to nurture the amazing creative potential of all young children. Earlyarts Membership is free for online resources, or for a small annual fee, members can benefit personally and professionally from 1-2-1 expert support through training, master classes and leadership coaching.
  5. Jacqueline Feasey, October 30, 2011
    Great website, I cannot find much mentioned about childminders on here. Would be nice to see them mentioned. I am a N.N.E.B but at the moment I am childminding. Still lots to look at though, I am really pleased to see a new site.
  6. Dawn, November 1, 2011
    Wonderful website. Would be great to see Nannies also mentioned. BAPN
  7. Jen Lyons, November 13, 2011
    Wonderful website! looking forward to the updates!
  8. Judy Jackson, November 20, 2011
    This looks like a really useful resourse
  9. Cheryl Wyatt, February 20, 2012
    I can't wait to see how new up to date information and key resources are shared on this really useful website aimed at Early Years practitioners, especially as I have just obtained Early Years Professional Status and I want to continue to improve my practice and achieve positive impacts on the children and families that I work with.
  10. Carol, April 2, 2012
    Lots of useful information, have saved it in my favourites
  11. lynn, May 21, 2012
    I value the importance of multi-agency work and would like to be included in the updates and the Teaching Agency as it develops
  12. Caroline Russell Clark, July 25, 2012
    Where are comments about Sept 2012 requirements? Never have much time to get onto internet - not good for children if carers are on line - how can you make this more accessible for exhausted practitioners at the end of the day?
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