We are delighted to welcome Lucy Powell, MP as a Trustee.
Lucy is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Manchester Central. She was elected in a by-election on November 15th 2012, becoming the first female Labour MP to represent a Manchester constituency.
Since her election Lucy has campaigned hard against the government’s cuts to Manchester’s public services, the privatisation of the ambulance services, and for stricter regulations for private landlords. Lucy has previously served in the Shadow Cabinet, as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office (2015) and Shadow Education Secretary (2015-16). She now sits on the Education Select Committee and chairs a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including the Greater Manchester APPG, Nurseries APPG and Families in the Early Years APPG. Lucy has recently been appointed by Mayor Andy Burnham to lead efforts to improve school readiness across Greater Manchester.
We are delighted to welcome Graham Allen as our 3rd Vice Patron.
Graham has had strong links to Early Interventions since 2005, when he took on the executive role of Chair of Nottingham’s Local Strategic Partnership, which he renamed One Nottingham and set it the mission of making Nottingham the first “Early Intervention City”. In 2007 he wrote with Iain Duncan-Smith the seminal “Early Intervention: good parents, great kids, better citizens “underlining his reputation for getting things done by working cross party.
In July 2010, the Prime Minister requested he carry out an Independent Review of Early Intervention for Her Majesty’s Government. He produced two influential reports, the first, "Early Intervention: the next steps" published January 2011, and the second of which, "Early Intervention: Smart Investment, Massive Savings", was published in July 2011. He then set about building and funding a national Early Intervention Foundation to implement the findings of the report. The EIF opened for business in February 2013 and he Chaired it unpaid. Click for more info
We're very excited to be taking our Little Magical World out and about this March! Come and see us on:
Wednesday18th March at Seacombe Library (from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 3 p.m.)
Thursday 26th March at Birkenhead Library (10-12 noon and 1-3 p.m.)
Friday 27th March at Birkenhead Library (10-12 noon)
With lots of fun - exploring stories together through imaginative play. For children aged 0-5 with their parent / carer.
We had great fun on Arriva bus 409 last week, giving out goodie bags, telling stories and singing songs as part of National Story Telling week in February.
As part of our Hungry Little Minds campaign, the ceilings of two very special buses have been covered with things for parents to do with their little ones, turning an everyday activity like a bus ride into an opportunity to chat, play and sing together. Have you seen one yet?
Ben and Clarissa really enjoyed the ride and Clarissa especially loved her goodie bag and book!
Some people hadn't even spotted the activities on the ceiling so don't forget if you hop on an Arriva bus on the Wirral, look up!
A huge thanks to Diane Mitchell & her team from Wirral libraries and Jo Simpson and her staff and volunteers in Seacombe Children Centre, for manning the buses for us.
December saw the launch of our new Pop-Up World, an interactive, mobile play station for parents and children, to be used in our local community. Our first event had a magical theme. We launched at the Little Centre and had a great reception from those who attended.
We used an all-weather gazebo with a range of readily available resources. The gazebo had three themes – Fairies, Witches and Wizards, and Magic. We also had a Story Book Area and an arts and crafts station where children could create their own Spell Books.
We received fantastic feedback from parents and children, and are planning future events.
Sophie has been an integral part of our team at Foundation Years Trust, forging brilliant relationships with parents and professionals, and adding so much to the team. We are really sorry to see her go, but wish her all the best in her new role as an Early Years Lecturer. Good luck Sophie and keep in touch!
The team at FYT had a lovely Christmas meal at the Open Door Centre in Birkenhead, and hope you had a good break. We're looking forward to another exciting year.