About the Hub

Local Authorities covered:

Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, North Tyneside, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland


Our vision at Northern Lights Early Years Stronger Practice Hub is to support early years settings to improve outcomes for children in our local area across the EYFS, but specifically focusing on areas of development that research informs us have been most impacted by COVID-19.

Our SHP will provide a ‘buzz’ of regular activity within the sector as we work in collaboration with workforce through establishing local networks to share knowledge and effective practice, share information and advice on evidence-based approaches, be the point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting to other funded support.

We will work closely with our partners to provide high quality professional development led by Early Years and SEND specialists, that is based upon local intelligence and is responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.

We will proactively share best practice examples of evidenced informed practice which will support practitioners to make a difference to the lives of our young, vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Lead setting:

Benedict Biscop CE Academy (Northern Lights Learning Trust)


  • Sunningdale Special school
  • Houghton Community Nursery School
  • Linthorpe Primary School
  • Claire's Creative Classroom (childminder)

Relevant links to settings:

Benedict Biscop (benedictbiscopacademy.co.uk)

Sunningdale School - Sunningdale School in Sunderland    

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