Early Years Hubs

The Mayor's three Early Years Hubs, launched in January 2018, aim to improve access to high-quality early education for London’s less advantaged families. 

The hubs are working in the following boroughs:

  • Barnet
  • Newham
  • Wandsworth and Merton

The hubs provide an opportunity for schools, childminders, Private Voluntary and Independent (PVI) nurseries and others to work together over a three-year period.

All three hubs are committed to achieving the Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) award and are working to improve routes into careers in early education. 

Find out more below or contact [email protected] for more info.

BEYA Early Years Hub (Barnet)

Led by Barnet Early Years Alliance (BEYA), this hub aims to improve early education in the East Central locality of Barnet. BEYA will work strategically to:

  • develop an online feed allowing parents to view availability of places in their local area
  • promote early years as a career choice in partnership with Barnet and Southgate college, Middlesex University and Protrain
  • work with Barnet's 0-19 Hub family support practitioners to be a named link to PVIs, schools and childminders  
  • expand Middlesex University’s Good Start Great Start programme 
  • establish 'mini-hubs' in the East Central Locality area to work in collaborative partnerships with PVIs, schools and childminders

For more information about the BEYA Early Years Hub, contact [email protected].

Working Together Hub (Newham)

Led by Sheringham Nursery School, this hub is based in Newham and builds on the work of the Learning Without Limits programme, which created seven ‘networks’ to support collaborative quality improvement around nursery schools in the borough. With an ambitious target of raising take up of free early education places for two-year-olds in Newham to 75%, the hub is identifying barriers to take-up and devising strategies for intervention – including increasing the numbers of places for disadvantaged two-year-olds in high quality settings. Other key activities include:

  • new publicity for free early years education 
  • developing introductory ‘stay and play’ sessions for two-year-olds
  • a programme of professional development opportunities for local settings
  • working with Protrain to improve routes into early years careers
  • transforming the way that partners (including schools, PVI settings, childminders, the local authority, training providers, health, and the teaching school) work together to create better outcomes for children, especially the most disadvantaged 

For more information about the Working Together Hub, contact [email protected].

Wandle Early Years Hub

Led by Chesterton Primary School as part of their Teaching School Alliance, the Wandle Early Years Hub (WEYH) works with early years providers and local families across both Wandsworth and Merton. As well as aiming to improve early years provision for children from less advantaged backgrounds and promoting early years as a career choice, WEYH has a particular focus on improving early intervention for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The hub has developed accredited training for staff working in childcare settings which will give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to provide an increased number of places for eligible children who have SEND.

For more information about WEYH, visit the website, follow @WandleEYHub or contact [email protected].