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Early learning and childcare trials discussion paper: analysis of responses

Published: 15 Jun 2016
Children and Families Directorate
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Children and families

Analysis of responses to a discussion on establishing delivery model trials to support expanding the early learning and childcare provision.

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Early learning and childcare trials discussion paper: analysis of responses
6. Existing Examples Of Best Practice Within ELC Provision

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6. Existing Examples Of Best Practice Within ELC Provision

Question 5: Are there existing examples of best practice within ELC provision that you can share with us?

6.1 Respondents were invited to identify examples of current outstanding service from providers and describe what features of these make them exceptional, for example, specialised services or ways in which they respond to a particular challenge.

6.2 From the responses 49 distinct examples were identified and are outlined in Annex 2. The largest body of examples related to those where flexibility had been offered to families to enable parents to be supported to take up employment and other opportunities. The focus and number of examples provided are summarised in Table 6.1.

Table 6.1: Summary of examples of best practice (further information in Annex 2)

Topic No. of examples Key themes
Providing flexibility 14 Supporting parents
Supporting families
Improving take-up of places
Workforce 7 Increasing numbers
Upskilling and training
Commensurate pay and conditions
Partnership working with parents 7 Improving parenting skills
Supporting families holistically
Child-centred approaches 6 Child development
Quality of provision
Smooth transitions
Rights-centred approaches
Outdoor space 4 Use of outdoor space in ELC provision
Provision for vulnerable children 3 Provision for vulnerable children
Increasing parental choice 2 Cross-border funding
Removing caps on partner-provider places
Creative pedagogies 2 Providing creative experiences
Other 4 Provision for Asylum seekers and refugees
Partnership working between organisations
Use of expressive arts
Data bank - sharing information

Implications for proposed trials

6.3 Within the 49 examples of best practice were very few relating to use of outdoor space; provision for vulnerable children; providing creative experiences; provision for asylum seekers and refugees; partnership working; use of expressive arts; and existing mechanisms for sharing information on best practice. Trials could, therefore, cover aspects of these to fill gaps and generate information on best practice in these fields. The relatively high number of 'providing flexibility' examples may have been a result of the Discussion Paper's specific focus on this area.