Early Years COVID-19 Recovery

Department for Education (DfE) Early Years Covid-19 Recovery Experts and Mentors Programme

Background from Department for Education

We know the importance of the early years and the impact the pandemic has had on young children as well as the adults who care for, support and teach them. As such, we have designed a COVID-19 recovery programme for early years focused on supporting practitioners and leaders, who are key to addressing the effects of the pandemic on the youngest children.

This work builds on reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which became statutory in September 2021 and supports our aims of improving outcomes and closing the attainment gap at age 5.

The Department for Education (DfE) Early Years COVID-19 Recovery: Experts and Mentors programme will support early years practitioners, leaders and whole-settings. Experts and Mentors will provide bespoke support face-to-face and virtually to help meet individual settings’ needs and priorities. The offer to settings will include leadership support, coaching for leaders, mentoring for practitioners and whole-setting support, depending on need. 

Briefing for Settings- Experts and Mentors Programme

The Programme

Online child development training

We will launch a new, universal online child development training offer to upskill practitioners and improve their knowledge of child development so they will be better able to support children in their care, particularly those whose development may have been impeded due to the covid pandemic. The new online child development training will build on the existing EYFS reforms online service – Help for Early Years Providers. Further resources will also be made available on this site.

Experts and Mentors

Some eligible settings will be able to access additional support in the form of an ‘Expert’ and ‘Mentor’. The Expert will provide three days leadership or whole setting support, which will take place within the allocated setting. A Mentor will also be available to support an individual or small group of practitioners, as they complete a new online child development training package, as well as providing more general support focusing on improving practice and curriculum to support children following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mentoring will be remote, usually over Teams or a similar platform. Each local authority will also be allocated an Area Lead that will provide support, coordination and quality assurance for the Mentors and Experts in their locality. 

Please express your interest by completing the form at the link below:

Expression of Interest – Experts & Mentors Programme deadline Friday 10 June 2022

Once we have received your expression of interest, we will contact you to let you know the outcome .