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Early Years Framework

The Early Years Framework highlights the importance of all national and local agencies, the third sector and independent sector working together to deliver improved outcomes for children. The Framework identifies the 10 key elements of transformational change in the early years – these are:

  • A coherent approach.
  • Helping children, families and communities to secure outcomes for themselves.
  • Breaking cycles of poverty, inequality and poor outcomes in and through early years.
  • A focus on engagement and empowerment of children, families and communities.
  • Using the strength of universal services to deliver prevention and early intervention.
  • Putting quality at the heart of service delivery.
  • Services that meet the needs of children and families.
  • Improving outcomes and children's quality of life through play.
  • Simplifying and streamlining delivery.
  • More effective collaboration.

The Early Years Framework is particularly relevant, but not limited to, the delivery of three of the National Outcomes:

  • Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.
  • We have improved the life chances for children, young people and families at risk.
  • Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

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  • Evidence and research

    There's a wealth of research to indicate that the early years are key in influencing an individual's future outcomes