Our Early Years team is made up of highly knowledgeable and experienced advisers who are committed to supporting staff at all levels to strengthen high quality pedagogy and a responsive curriculum that sets firm foundations for learning beyond EYFS.

    Working with leaders, teachers, and early years practitioners, they offer support and constructive challenge that informs accurate self-evaluation 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.

    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 adviser’s boundless enthusiasm, incredible knowledge and endless tenacity has really helped to improve the practice and provision for our youngest children. The ability to work alongside and form supportive relationships with the team has inspired and empowered them to make positive changes. I would highly recommend the support received by the Early Years team.

    Margaret Wix Primary School

    Understanding high-quality practice grounded in Early Years pedagogy and research

    Working with you to strengthen or further develop the quality of education in the EYFS.

    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
    • use of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales, an international research based tool to complete an 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

    The adviser’s professionalism as a 'critical friend' has enabled us as a school to look at our EYs provision through a different lens. The solution focused and deep-rooted pedagogical approach has empowered the team who are highly complementary of their bespoke professional development.

    Howe Dell Primary School

    A thorough 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 focus on the effectiveness of the curriculum and 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
    • gather views of stakeholders including parents/carers, governors and children.

    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


    The EEEYP was thorough and really supportive; it definitely represented good value for money. The advisers worked effectively in partnership with leaders to reflect on our practice in order to identify the strengths of the setting as well providing practical advice for overcoming our current barriers and challenges. We now have a really clear plan in place to secure improvements that are already having an impact on the quality of our provision.

    Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School

    The EEEYP was an incredibly valuable audit of our provision. The senior advisers were very thorough in their approach and looked at all aspects of our provision; no stone was left unturned! This resulted in clear strengths in our practice being identified and recognition of recent improvement work. The identification of areas for development were pertinent and clear and supported us with creating a meaningful school development plan and directing future efforts to ensure that our children get the absolute best that we can offer.

    Heath Lane Nursery School

    A thorough evaluation of the effectiveness of Early Years assessment practice with comprehensive feedback and a 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 formative and periodic assessment review effectively informs practice.

    This one-day visit includes:

    • professional dialogue with teachers and practitioners about children what know, understand, and can do
    • a review of practices and systems in place for gathering assessment information
    • reflective discussion about the use of summative assessment to support those at risk of underachievement, particularly those in receipt of additional funding
    • a moderation session with early years practitioners to facilitate discussion to develop a shared understanding of children's stage of development
    • a detailed report that outlines strengths and key areas for development.

    A bespoke moderation half day visit can be arranged to validate and agree Early Years Profile assessment judgements at the end of the EYFS.

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

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

    This visit will provide an external view of the effectiveness of your policies and procedures and the extent to which leaders have established a strong safeguarding culture.

    The half-day audit will check compliance with the EYFS Safeguarding and Welfare requirements that includes a review of premises, practitioner safeguarding knowledge and safe recruitment practices. It includes comprehensive feedback and a detailed report that includes findings and recommendations to strengthen practice.

    During the visit the adviser will:

    • undertake a comprehensive and thorough audit to review the effectiveness of safeguarding in the Early Years setting
    • review compliance with the EYFS statutory requirements
    • identify and explore how staff ensure children are kept safe at all times

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

    "As part of our regular external monitoring process, we use HFL to audit our safeguarding procedures. This involves a half day focus on all aspects of safeguarding in the school; once completed, a comprehensive written report provides leaders and governors with a clear understanding of the school's strengths, along with actions to implement. Using this external service ensures not only that our practice is robust, but also that we are meeting the required standards to keep our children as safe."
    Ludwick Nursery 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 Curriculum Design in the Early Years, Essential Foundations for Counting and the Making the Difference Toolkit,  and creating engaging learning environments through Places to Play Every Day series of publications and App. Early Years assessment criteria and exemplification materials form 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.