About the Hub

Local Authorities covered:

Bracknell Forest, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham


Our hub recognises that in the post-pandemic period, children will need support with their communication and social skills development.  We recognise that there are higher levels of children with additional needs, children who have difficulties in managing their feelings, following instructions and concentrating.  We recognise that family anxieties are also having an impact on early years children.

At Thames Valley Early Years Stronger Practice Hub, our aim is to support the early years sector and improve the practice of setting practitioners and childminders through the sharing of evidence based practice messages, using the EEF (Education Endowment Fund) Early Years Evidence Store, as a basis for all we do. Furthermore, through the EEF we will provide fully-funded opportunities for evidence-based professional development.  Practitioners will be kept up-to-date with the key messages from this evidence-based approach, through newsletters, our social media pages, networks, and webinars.

Our highly experienced partners work collaboratively to bring together their expertise from across the early years sector.  We work with our partners and local authorities to support the sector in giving every child and family the best experience of early education and the best chance to maximise their outcomes.  We teach leaders in early education how to lead change and measure impact effectively.

Lead setting:

Blagdon Nursery School


  • Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children and Families
  • Victoria Park Nursery School and Family Hub
  • Maidenhead Nursery School
  • Dingley’s Promise

Relevant links to settings: