DfE Early Years: Innovation Programme – Virtual Early Engagement Event 14 December 2021
The purpose of this event is primarily for potential suppliers to gain a better understanding of the DfE’s requirements and provide an opportunity for organisations to provide initial feedback.
Early Years: Innovation Programme
Department for Education
- Education and training services – 80000000
Location of contract
3 December 2021
21 December 2021
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The purpose of this notice is to notify the market of forthcoming procurement activity relating to the Early Years Innovation Programme.
This notice is associated with the EY Recovery Programme. Further details can be found at:
The DfE is to hold a virtual early engagement event at 10am on Tuesday 14th December 2021. The purpose of this event is primarily for potential suppliers to gain a better understanding of the DfE’s requirements and provide an opportunity for organisations to provide initial feedback.
After this event, the DfE is offering 30-minute one-to-one discussions for interested organisations to provide additional feedback. These sessions will be structured and are available on the following dates: 16th; 17th; 20th and 21st December 2021.
To register for the event and/or a one-to-one, please email:
You can also respond to this notice by completing our questionnaire. For a copy of the questionnaire please email the address above.
The Early Years Innovation Programme seeks to promote innovation by providing opportunities for pre-reception early years settings to explore innovative practice, help grow the evidence base and facilitate cross-sector sharing. It is part of the Stronger Practice element of the Department’s early years recovery package, which also comprises a new, universal online child development training offer and pedagogical and whole setting leadership support (experts and mentors).
The programme is expected to consist of a new network of Early Years Practice and Innovation Centres. These will be leading early years settings with sound expertise and knowledge of the latest evidence base on innovative practice and what works to support child outcomes. Centres will be supported by a delivery partner who will also develop an evidence-based Toolkit to inform the work of the Centres, focused on key recovery themes.
Centres will be responsible for providing proactive and reactive advice to early years settings in their region, and triaging to funded support, including via referrals from experts and mentors. They will also create local networks to share effective practice.
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- Please note: this notice is for expressions of interest from organisations interested in the Early Years Innovation Programme.
This notice is for information only and is intended to be indicative. Therefore, all information presented here is subject to change. Accordingly, DfE will not be liable for any cost, expenditure, work or effort incurred by any party acting on the basis of this PIN.
All future information will be issued to potential providers via the DfE eTendering Portal. Providers can access this system at:
for details of how to register and the terms of free registration.
How to apply
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About the buyer
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