Our experienced team of advisers provide support for leaders, teachers and early years practitioners. They work with head teachers and those in the EYFS team to offer support and constructive challenge for self evaluation through a quality assurance process, focusing on leadership, action planning and professional development.

    An agreed programme of support can be planned in consultation with the headteacher or other senior leaders. This may include bespoke consultancy visits, audits of practice and provision, training, mentoring, coaching and Early Years reviews.

    Support can help to:

    • safeguard children’s wellbeing and foster positive relationships
    • review, design and develop an effective curriculum for the early years
    • develop high‑quality provision through accurate self-evaluation and planning
    • build reflective high‑quality, sustainable teams with strong leadership
    • demonstrate the impact of work through effective self-evaluation
    • offer children exciting and enabling learning environments
    • identify successful strategies to support the development and progress of all children, especially the most disadvantaged or those at or at risk of underachievement.

    Our experienced team of advisers provide support and challenge for curriculum design and self‑evaluation through a quality assurance process, focusing on leadership, action planning and professional development.

    All support can be accessed face to face or remotely.

    Please contact us for details of pricing on 01438 544464 or email earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    The Early Years Super-Saver offers a flexible package of either two days consultancy, one and a half days consultancy and twilight, or one day consultancy plus a half day INSET.

    Advisers will work with schools to create a relevant and bespoke programme of support that will best meet their needs. Time can be used to support with the following activities:

    • self-evaluation and action planning support for senior leaders
    • review, design and development of an effective curriculum for the early years
    • scrutiny of assessment procedures processes to develop effective and efficient systems
    • support with monitoring in the EYFS for headteachers and senior leaders
    • support with deep dives in the EYFS for subject leaders
    • helping new EYFS team leaders to understandtheir leadership role, to lead and develop a high-performing team
    • ECERS audit of the learning environment (one and a half day equivalent) dependent on the size of the setting
    • strategies to enable progress of all children, especially the most vulnerable or those at risk of under achievement
    • developing the adult role to support teaching and learning e.g. joint lesson observations/learning walks, advice on high-quality learning environments
    • adapting the provision for two year olds, to meet the needs of mixed age groups or children eligible for 30-hour funding

    Please contact us for details of pricing on 01438 544464 or email earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    Thank you for your report. You have instilled confidence in the phase leader. She likes the way you break things down and make it manageable. You have had an incredible impact in a short period of time and for that I thank you

    St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

    An external review of the quality of Early Years provision and practice to support self-evaluation and to guide developments in the EYFS.

    A full evaluation of all areas of practice completed in one day. Detailed feedback and a written report helps schools to effectively evaluate their practice and provision to inform school development and drive improvement.

    Highly experienced senior Early years advisers will undertake a comprehensive evaluation on all areas of practice including: safeguarding and welfare requirements, assessment processes, enabling environments, quality of education and effectiveness of leadership and management.

    Opportunity to engage in effective dialogue with Early years experts to support accurate self-evaluation and identify key priorities for improvement.

    Senior advisers will work with you to:

    • review safeguarding and welfare requirements
    • monitor and review the quality of education by undertaking joint observations
    • carry out a scrutiny of the effectiveness of assessment practice
    • provide clear feedback that will include agreed priorities and recommendations to support developments to your EYFS

    Following the evaluation, a detailed written report will be provided identifying key priorities and recommendations to support and guide improvements in the quality of provision for children.

    Costs are based on size of provision and number of children.

    Please contact us for details of pricing on 01438 544464 or email earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk


    Many thanks to you and your team, from my point of view the day was constructive and edifying. I am impressed to receive your report so quickly, many thanks indeed.

    Sherfield School


    A thorough evaluation of the effectiveness of Early Years assessment practice with comprehensive feedback and written report.  This service will equip and empower practitioners and leaders to review the effectiveness and efficiency of their assessment systems and processes, enabling a clearer understanding of how assessment and data can effectively be used to inform practice.

    This one-day visit includes:

    • support for teachers and practitioners in assessing what children know, understand and can do
    • a review of practices and systems in place for gathering assessment information
    • reflective discussion about the use of your assessment systems to support effective use of the school data
    • support to ensure that all are ‘getting the most out of your data’
    • guidance to ensure your achievement systems support ‘closing the gap’ for the most disadvantaged children
    • a moderation session with Early Years practitioners to facilitate discussion and secure accurate attainment judgements
    • a detailed report that outlines strengths and key areas for development.

    Please contact us for details of pricing on 01438 845111 (option 4) or email earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    Extremely valuable - was good to have time to discuss and review my children and data. Very supportive and effective for moderatin my judgements and seeing how and why.


    Maple Grove Primary School

    Strengthen understanding of the key safeguarding responsibilities in keeping children safe in the early years.

    A half-day audit to review compliance with the EYFS Safeguarding and Welfare requirements that includes comprehensive feedback and report.

    This visit will check for statutory compliance within the Early Years Foundation Stage. It includes a review of premises, practitioner safeguarding knowledge and safer recruitment practices.

    This half day visit:

    • includes a comprehensive audit to review the effectiveness of safeguarding in the Early Years setting
    • supports compliance with the EYFS statutory requirements
    • enables the school to identify and recognise how they ensure children are kept safe
    • includes a full report that will detail findings and recommendations to strengthen practice.

    Please contact us for details of pricing on 01438 544464 or email earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    Thank you so much for coming to work with us on Monday. Your report is going to prove invaluable in ensuring best safeguarding practice. I felt your visit was really collaborative and incredibly useful.


    Sandon JMI School

    The Herts for Learning Early Years Quality Standards

    Embark on a journey of quality improvement to evaluate your early years practice and provision, to make demonstrable changes through the Herts for Learning Early Years Quality Standards process.


    As Early Years specialists with an in-depth understanding of the current educational landscape, we write regular Early Years blogs as a tool to keep teachers and practitioners up-to-date.

    Training and conferences

    Our advisers deliver training courses, present at national and regional conferences and have contributed articles to a range of educational publications. We also host our own conferences, attracting high-calibre speakers such as Alice Sharp, Mine Conkbayir and Iram Siraj.

    We also provide flexible face to face or remote training, which can take place on INSET days and involve all staff within a school, or can be delivered to a specific group at any other time.

    We also offer an exciting opportunity to complete an online course aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of all Early Years practitioners across all types of Early Years settings.


    The team have also produced a wide range of Early Years resources that completely align with the EYFS statutory framework requirements, including making use of Early Years Pupil Premium, creating engaging learning environments through Places to Play Every Day, assessment criteria and exemplification materials as part of the PA Plus subscription package.

    To discuss any of the services relating to early years improvement and consultancy advisory services both in and out of Hertfordshire, contact earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk or call 01438 544464.

    Our school has capitalised on the opportunity to share and learn from best practice through a productive partnership working with Herts for Learning

    St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Royston)