Learning from other Early Outcomes Fund (EOF) partners: meeting with colleagues from South Yorkshire Futures.

One of the really interesting parts of being part of the EOF project is meeting with colleagues from the other EOF projects across England and sharing the learning as our projects develop.

We had the pleasure this week of a visit from colleagues from South Yorkshire Futures who are leading the EOF project through a partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and four Local Authorities including Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Great to meet up with Sally, Debbie, Martina and Kate from the South Yorkshire Futures EOF project.

We talked about how we work as GM localities with the combined authority (GMCA) and shared the GM Early Years Model and School Readiness priority. We talked about how the pathways have developed and the focus of the GM Pathways to Talking project in evaluating how the GM Speech, Language and Communication Pathway has been implemented across GM and understanding how we can increase the scale, pace and impact of the pathway.

We were keen to find out more about the South Yorkshire Futures project and the focus within this on early years. The Early Years strand is led by Sally Pearse who is also Head of Early Years Education (0-5) at Sheffield Hallam University. Please follow the link below to fund out more about the Early Years strand of South Yorkshire Futures: https://southyorkshirefutures.co.uk/syf/preparation/

We were particularly interested to hear more about their development of a regional vision for early years that reflects the rights of the child, a commitment to parent partnership and the crucial role of the early years workforce; and the development of a South Yorkshire school readiness statement. They are also doing some fantastic work around reviewing the current capability and capacity of the early years workforce and developing a new offer for the early years workforce including a strong focus on teacher training. Plans also include the future development on an Early Excellence Hub in Sheffield – we can’t wait to hear more and hopefully arrange a visit for our GM project leads.

We have promised to keep in touch as our projects develop and it will be good to share the learning through our GM Project Leads’ meetings.

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