Early Excellence plans to open a specialist early years centre in London in May.

The provider of early years’ pedagogy, provision and practice says the centre will offer high-level professional development and consultancy through workshops, training and high-profile speaker events.

Founder and director Liz Marsden (pictured), says: “Opening a centre in London will allow us to work more closely with the thousands of schools in the south of England who want to partner with us.

“We are creating an innovative space for practitioners to get the best support and advice from our highly experienced staff and other leading thinkers from around the world.”

Early Excellence, which more than half of England’s primary schools have chosen to deliver the controversial baseline reception tests, opened its first centre in Huddersfield, where it is based, in 2000.

A spokesperson says demand for its services from schools in the south drove its decision to open a centre in the capital.


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  1. Having moved to South Wales from the north of England, I would now like to see one nearer to me! So if you are thinking of having another centre can you consider, Bristol, Newport or Cardiff please.