About the Hub

Local Authorities covered:

Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Kirklees, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield


A key part of our work as a Stronger Practice Hub is to offer evidence-based programmes to Early Years practitioners in Yorkshire and The Humber. We are offering three FREE programmes, TWiTCH (developed by Sheffield Hallam University to promote high quality adult-child interactions in early years), Maths Champions (developed by National Day Nurseries Association to build practitioner confidence in supporting early maths), and Communication Friendly Settings (developed by ELKLAN Training Ltd).

Our Specialist Learning Networks provide the opportunity to meet other professionals with a shared interest in a specific area of learning, build professional relationships and participate in professional discussions, gain access to valuable resources, share ideas and learn about the latest trends and CPD opportunities. Our current networks are: leaders and emerging leaders, outdoor play and learning, childminding, SEND and social communication and regulation.

St Edmund’s team has recognised for many years that collaboration and partnerships has the potential to improve working practices and outcomes for children. We have strong links with the Early Years sector across West Yorkshire and the wider region. We look forward to using these links to support the delivery of high quality professional learning offers to the PVI, Childminder and school based nurseries.

Our EYSPH leadership team has a wealth of experience in the maintained school sector, PVI sector, childminding and also in workforce development. Our strategic partners will guide our delivery plans, ensuring that content is mindful of each sectors unique working circumstances.

As well as using our own nursery to showcase good practice, we have the facilities to offer face to face sessions here. This will be utilised as part of a mix of face to face and virtual meetings and training.

St Edmund’s Early Years Stronger Practice Hub is one of 18 Stronger Practice Hubs appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) across England. Our main aim is to help pre-reception early years settings adopt evidence-based practice improvements to address key Covid recovery issues, and build trusted networks for sharing effective practice. We will do this by:

  • Establishing local networks of settings to share knowledge and effective practice.
  • Proactively sharing information and advice on evidence-based approaches, for example, through newsletters, blogs, events and social media.
  • Acting as a point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting to other funded support.
  • Working with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to settings

Lead setting:

St Edmund's Nursery School


  • Children’s Place Private Day Nursery, Dewsbury
  • Dixons Allerton Academy, part of Dixons Academy Trust
  • Belinda O’Hare (Childminder)
  • Co-op Academy Delius, Specialist in Special Education

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