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Thames Valley Early Years Stronger Practice Hub

Thames Valley Early Years Stronger Practice Hub

Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs will provide advice, share good practice, and offer evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners.

The hubs are part of the early years education recovery support package which also includes the early years experts and mentors programme.

The early years stronger practice hubs programme is supported by the Education Endowment Foundation and the National Children’s Bureau.


Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs will be funded for 2 years, until late 2024.

They will support other nurseries and childminders in their area to adopt evidence-based practice improvements, by:

  • establishing local networks of early years educators to share knowledge and effective practice
  • proactively sharing information and advice on evidence-based approaches - for example, through newsletters, blogs 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 nurseries and childminders


Thames Valley Early Years Stronger Practice Hub

Hungerford Nursery School is part of the Thames Valley Early Years Stronger Practice Hub in a partnership with:  

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


The Thames Valley Early Years Stronger Practice Hub overs the following Local authorities across the South East of England


Local authorities covered:

West Berkshire Council, Wokingham Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Council, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Reading Borough Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council, Slough Borough Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council (flexible arrangement with Kent SPH for Isle of Wight delegates to join us for events)



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.


Contact details/further information

Phone: 07561852052


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