Early Years in Southwark

Welcome to the Early Years in Southwark schools

Young children in our borough have access to a wide range of high quality early years schools provision and in turn many dedicated and hard working professionals who are committed to raising outcomes for all children.

In Southwark 96.6% of school based early years provision including Nursery schools is judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Our borough is consistently above national and London levels for children achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD).

We are very proud to support Early Years professionals within schools and our aim is to ensure that all early years teachers and Foundation Stage Leaders are equipped with all the necessary information, support, CPD opportunities and guidance to allow them to provide high quality experiences for young children. We value exceptional quality and the importance of sharing outstanding provision for the development of others.

Southwark's Early Years story

Early years professionals within Southwark are constantly striving to raise standards for all children.

The impact of this can be seen in our outcomes since the introduction of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Profile in 2014.

                                                           

Impact headlines for Southwark

In 2016-2017 73.4% of children achieved a Good Level of Development.


In Southwark children achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) has risen consistently in the last four years. Since 2013, following a change in the EYFSP framework, there has been a 13.8 percentage points increase in the percentage of children achieving a good level of development in Southwark. With the greatest increase in the percentage of children achieving the early learning goal in writing (10.6 percentage points increase).


Southwark is consistently above both National and London levels for children achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD). This year 71% of children achieved a GLD nationally and 73% in London.


In 2016-2017 attainment was highest in Physical Development with 87.7% of children achieving an Early Learning Goal.


In 2016-2017 the greatest gain was made in Literacy with a 1.1 percentage point increase in the percentage of children achieving an Early Learning Goal.


Since 2013 the greatest increase in the percentage of children achieving an expected level of development has been in Writing with a 10.6 percentage point increase in the percentage of children achieving an Early Learning Goal. 


 In 2017 the difference between children eligible for free school meals and those not eligible achieving the GLD diminished by 18.4 percentage points - from a gap difference of 26.5 percentage points in 2016 to 8.1 percentage points in 2017.


In 2017 the difference between children eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium and those not eligible achieving the GLD diminished by 3.7 percentage points - from a gap of 11.8 percentage points in 2016 to 8.1 percentage points in 2017.


In 2017 the difference between children with English as an additional language and those with English as a first language achieving the GLD diminished by 1.0 percentage point from 3.7% in 2016 to 2.7 percentage points in 2017.