What is Foundation Years?


Foundation Years is a unique digital resource for everything early years

We deliver regular, relevant, topical information and sector news to support you in your role as an early years professional. 

Foundation Years is funded by the UK Government’s Department for Education and is delivered by Begin Bright.  

Begin Bright is a global provider of early years education services. Established in 2008, Begin Bright’s mission is to enrich the lives of children and equip them with the skills and confidence to foster a lifelong love of learning. 


The Foundation Years website provides essential news and resources for: 

  • Nursery practitioners 
  • Childminders 
  • Apprentices 
  • Nursery managers 
  • Local authority teams 
  • Students of early years education 
  • Teachers 
  • People looking to enter the EY sector 


We are publicly funded by the Department for Education

Our policy updates at Foundation Years come directly from the Department for Education (DfE), as well as other government bodies like Ofsted – meaning you always have the latest and most accurate information.  

We delve deeper into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) frameworks through blog posts, vodcasts, live Q&As, and answers to frequently asked questions.  


The latest from your sector 


Foundation Years exists to keep you updated with evidence-informed best practice on child development, as well as events, updates and case studies from leading charities, providers and early years experts.  



You’ll find information about events in our Calendar and News pages. If you subscribe to our newsletter and our social media, you’ll also receive announcements and updates on events straight to your inbox and feeds. 

There are no membership fees and all Foundation Years Live events are free to attend. All of the resources and information we share and house here on the Foundation Years website are free to access, too. 


Your community 

At Foundation Years Live events, you can hear directly from the DfE and sector experts throughout the year, up and down the country and online. 

But it’s not just about passing on information – we are a community of sharing! 

Our events bring together peers and colleagues who share a passion for giving children the best start in life; giving you space and time to learn, share and reflect with others in your field.  

Attendees leave feeling inspired, connected and equipped with new knowledge to develop their practice. Anyone working in (or interested in) the early years sector is very welcome to attend, and there is always an opportunity to ask questions and start conversations. 


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