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Aug 23 2023

We are continuing to recruit for the Early Years Conversation Project and we are looking for settings in your Local Authority. 

The Early Years Conversation Project is free high-quality, sustained and evidence-informed professional development. The programme promotes conversational responsiveness and aims to raise the overall quality of talk in a setting. Adult-child interactions are key and to enable practitioners to focus on how they interact with children we have developed the the ShREC Approach. ​The ShREC Approach is a set of evidence-informed, memorable strategies that promote high-quality interactions with young children. You can watch a short video about the ShREC Approach here​.

We are aware there are lots of training opportunities being offered to settings at the moment so we want to be clear how this differs and why it is so powerful!

  • ​​​We have developed this programme from the nursery floor as experienced practitioners on the ground. 
  • We are implementing these strategies daily in our own setting. 
  • We are experienced at training practitioners in PVI and maintained settings across the country.
  • Settings will receive financial incentives and cover costs (50% of their time out, time to plan and travel costs).
  • The Early Years Conversation Project is being independently evaluated, which means we can test to see if it really does work. 
  • Settings that take part will be contributing to the evidence base, and so helping to develop a greater insight into what works in early years education in England. 
  • The programme is a blend of face to face and online training. Settings are supported by an experienced mentor who provides support visits and hub meetings. 
  • We know the impact the pandemic has had on the children in our settings, with high levels of communication and language delay and children struggling with their PSED. This programme will support those children and improve the strength of referrals if they are still needed after implementing EYCP strategies. 
  • This programme is for every child, every day. 

For further details please visit our website here: EYCP - Sheringham Nursery School (

​If you are interested in finding out more about the project and the ShREC Approach we are hosting a free webinar on the 16th August. The session will be presented by Anni McTavish, a highly experienced early years creative arts specialist who will teach songs and musical games that support the ShREC Approach

Sign up by clicking the link on the attached flyer. 

If you sign up to both and you will receive a free resource worth £20!

Many thanks.

Fliss and Melissa

Director I East London Research School
Assistant Head Teacher I Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre 
I Sheringham Avenue I London I E12 5PB
T: 020 8553 2479 (reception)

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