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Early Years Peer to Peer Support Programme

Evaluation of effectiveness and impact

The Early Years Peer to Peer Support (PTP) Programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), was launched in April 2011 to provide a package of tailored support to address issues of quality in the early years (EY) sector. It was set up for two years by the Early Childhood Unit (ECU) at NCB in partnership with the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) and was designed to improve outcomes for young children and their families. The package of support was delivered by a team of EY sector specialists (SSs) to local authorities (LAs). Since the programme was launched 80 assignments have been allocated to LAs and organisations across the country. Additionally the PTP Support Programme ran quarterly regional events, provided 30 one day free training offers, produced a fortnightly bulletin and webpages to ensure regular information sharing across the EY sector nationally.

The NCB Research Centre was commissioned by the ECU to carry out an independent evaluation of the PTP Support Programme assignments. This report presents the findings from two components of the evaluation comprising an online end of assignment survey and five case studies to explore how LAs used the PTP support and any impacts it was perceived to have.