Priority 1: Early Years

Our aim

Our aim is for children to get a head start in life through a high quality early years education.

Why is this is an area of focus?

  • Early education is a critical and lasting foundation for children’s success through the rest of their schooling.
  • 400 children across the North Yorkshire Coast did not achieve a good level of development across the Early Learning Goals (ELG) in 2016.
  • Disadvantaged children on the North Yorkshire Coast perform particularly poorly in the core skill areas of both reading and arithimatic, compared to similar children nationally.
  • Early years professionals in nurseries and schools highlight concerns about delayed speech and language skills and a rising prevalence of speech disorders. These issues are are not being addressed quickly enough because of delays in referrals to therapeutic services.

What are we doing?

  • Assessment and Action plan: Ensure 20 settings (both schools and private and voluntary sector nurseries) have had an assessment and action plan for development by the end of 2017/18.
  • Home Learning Environment Programme: We will commission (autumn term) and launch (spring term) a parental engagement and early literacy in the home programme, drawing on the evidence base of proven home learning environment programmes. This programme will work intensively with 50 to 75 families across the North Yorkshire Coast with children aged from 0 to 2 years old.
  • Speech, Language and Communications Strategy: We are completing work on a strategy for improved speech, language and communication support and taking forwards some actions already.

Our targets

  • Increase the percentage of children reaching a good level of development to 70% for all children.
  • Increase the percentage of children who are eligible for free school meals achieving a good level of development to 55%.
  • This will mean in 2020/21, 75 more children reach this level than was the case in 2016.