ECA is a new alliance of early years individuals and organisations, founded with the aim of campaigning intensively in the coming weeks and months to influence the government’s final revision of England’s statutory Early Years Foundation Stage.

Who are we?

The Early Childhood Action core organising group consists of the following individuals:

Dr Richard House (Department of Education Studies, University of Winchester)
Grethe Hooper Hansen (ex-president of SEAL)
Dr Jayne Osgood (London Metropolitan University)
Sue Palmer (literacy specialist, author of Toxic Childhood)
Kim Simpson (Montessori teacher and counsellor/coach)

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Our Supporters

A galaxy of prominent people and organisations have signed up as founding supporters of Early Childhood Action, including Dame Susan Greenfield (neuroscientist), Philip Pullman, Jonathon Porritt, Michael Rosen, Dr Anthony Seldon, Penelope Leach, Steve Biddulph, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Ed Mayo and Philip Parkin (Voice), and Professors Tricia David, Janet Moyles, Lilian G. Katz, Agnes Nairn, Barry Hymer, Andrew Samuels and Jonathan Wolff.

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  • Summer-borns Issue Reaches Parliament

    We are delighted that the iniquitous summer-borns issue has finally reached Parliament, with Annette Brooke MP having tabled an Early Day Motion (no. 213) on 10 June 2013, sponsored by members of each of the main parties.

    BBC 1 documentary on summer-borns, 2 September 2013 - Watch it here >>

    Film of Annette Brooke's Parliamentary debate on summer-borns, House of Commons, 4 September 2013 - Watch it here >>

    Annette Brooke MP: A fairer school starting age for Summer-born pupils - Read now >>

    The EDM text can be read here >>

    Please do drop your local MP a line, and urge her/him to sign the EDM!

  • Under 5 magazine (PSLA),
    June 2013,
    pp. 26-7
    Download Fighting for Flexibility pdf >>

  • Report also posted on BBC news website. Click here to view >>

  • See Pauline Hull's detailed response to Helen Ward's TES feature on summer-borns Click here to view >>

  • 'Unhurried Pathways' - A New Framework for Early Childhood

    ECA's acclaimed Unhurried Pathways framework for early childhood, launched at the University of Winchester in October 2012 and downloadable free here

  • Malaguzzi/Reggio Emilia conference
    (Winchester, 2 November 2013)

    Bookings now open!

    The second major conference which ECA has been involved in will look at the work of educator Loris Malaguzzi and the famed Reggio Emilia approach founded in his work.

    Bookings at www.winchester.ac.uk/malaguzzi
    (reductions available for low-waged and ‘early-bird’ bookings).

    See the conference pdf here for full details, including speakers

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    Open Letter in Daily Telegraph
    To launch our new movement, an Open Letter appeared in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday 7 February

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    Press Release - Tuesday 7 February 2012
    Introducing the Alternative Foundation Phase – A New Early Years Curriculum for England

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    An Invitation to Join Us
    If you agree with our broad concerns about the EYFS and are concerned about shortcomings in the government’s EYFS revision process, please email us and add your name to our rapidly growing list of supporters.