5 Nations Annual Early Years Summit : Report from the Summit Held at Glasgow City Chambers on 23 August 2018

Arnott, Lorna (2018) 5 Nations Annual Early Years Summit : Report from the Summit Held at Glasgow City Chambers on 23 August 2018. [Report]

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    Early Years Scotland (EYS) hosted the inaugural 5 Nations Annual Early Years Summit in the City Chambers in Glasgow. Glasgow City Council very kindly gifted us this prestigious venue to host the first ELC Summit. We are delighted with the agreement that this will now become a significant annual event. Across the United Kingdom and Ireland, early childhood provision is diverse, in large part to the devolution of powers across the nations of the United Kingdom. Each nation operates independently, within the remit of their individual policy, guidance and curricula to shape their early childhood education and care agenda, which results in commonalities as well as major differences in provision across the nations. Despite the close borders, until now, there has been little attempt to compile a picture of common challenges, dilemmas and areas of concern across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Similarly, strengths of each nation are largely protected by home nations. In order to meet the best interests of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s youngest citizens, there was a desire, and continues to be, for more collaborative working across borders. This report documents the key discussions that took place in this meeting in Glasgow on 23 August 2018. Details are also provided of the agreed action points to progress this partnership working, including the decision to hold the summit on an annual basis, with each nation hosting in turn.