Resource Focus - Early Years Integration Transformation Programme

As set out in the National Strategy Prosperity for All, we want:

“Children from all backgrounds to have the best start in life. Our aim is that everyone will have the opportunity to reach their full potential and maximise their chances of leading a healthy, prosperous and fulfilling adulthood, enabling them to participate fully in communities, the workplace, and contribute to the future economic success of Wales."

The ambition is to develop joined up and responsive Early Years’ services to ensure every child has the best start in life.  Children should be at the centre of excellent, integrated services that put their needs first, regardless of traditional organisational and professional structures.


Our aims are:

  • To create an Early Years system to deliver services in a co-ordinated, integrated and timely way

  • To support local partners to re-configure Early Years services focusing on planning, commissioning and identifying and addressing needs.

  • Through this process to identify barriers to integration and ways to remove, reduce or rationalise them.

Guiding Values

An integrated early years’ system will:

  • Give children and parents a voice and listen to their needs;

  • Put the needs of the child and the family first;

  • Reach all children and families as early as possible;

  • Ensure stability and continuity of services along a continuum from prenatal into Foundation Phase and on to school;

  • Include and effectively accommodate children with ALN/SEN;

  • Value parents as decision makers;

  • Work in true partnership across and within organisations and professions to maximise investment;

  • Develop the workforce around a shared ambition for the success of every child.

There are currently eight Pathfinders involved in this work:

Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Cwm Taf PSB, Flintshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea

These pathfinders are expected to:

  • Shape the Welsh Government plan, principles and priorities

  • Feedback on WG policy thinking

  • Help WG understand barriers and solutions

Meeting Papers and Presentations at the Pathfinder Workshopsl

14 February 2019

Miller Research (UK) Ltd Evaluation Session Notes/Mindmap

Early Years Pathfinder Workshop 14 February 2020 – Agenda

Sharon Fernandez – Wales Perinatal Mental Health Network

Useful links:  Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit -

Natalie Davies – Mums Matter

Miller Research (UK) Ltd – Evaluation

18 November 2019

Early Years Pathfinder Workshop 18 November 2019 – Agenda

Early Years Pathfinder – Swansea/Neath Port Talbot presentation

Early Years Pathfinder – Carmarthenshire/Ceredigion presentation

Julie Evans – Early Years Vulnerability Profiling

Miller Research (UK) Ltd – Evaluation

13 September 2019

Early Years Pathfinder Workshop 13 September 2019 – Agenda

Early Years Pathfinder – Gwent presentation

Early Years Pathfinder – Flintshire presentation

ISOS Partnership – Planning for Implementation

28 June 2019

EY Pathfinder Workshop 28 June 2019 - Agenda

Midwifery and Health Visiting presentation

Funding Flexibilities presentation

Jigso presentation

EY Pathfinders presentation – Millbrook Primary

02 May 2019

Early Years Integration Pathfinder Workshop agenda

NESTA presentation

Logic Model



20 March 2019

Early Years Integration Pathfinder Workshop

Early Years Personas

Cwm Taf Early Years Mapping

Approaches to system working – learning from system

Making Change Stick

Notes of Early Years Pathfinders Workshop held on 20 March 2019

8 February 2019

Early Years Transformation Programme

Presentation for Workshop Feb 2019 - Sharon West

Tackling disadvantage: the contribution of early years integrated services - Naomi Eisenstadt 

Developing the Early Years System in Cwm Taf - Chris Hole

Further Readings

 Jigso project – Final report

Building Resilience – Family Support 



Early years parental social insight project - Qualitative findings

Beautfort Research 

July 2018

EIF Getting it Right for Families and Maturity Matrix

Clare Messenger and Donna Molloy​


PHW - Parental insights Report for First 1000 days and transition stages 0-7.  

Cymru Well Wales

November 2017

The Right Way A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

March 2017

Transforming Young Lives across Wales: The Economic Argument for Investing in Early Years -  Cheme Bangor University.  

Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Lucy Bryning & Huw Lloyd-Williams


WCPP Comparative Study of International Approaches to integrating Early Years Services

Chris Pascal, Tony Bertram and Kathryn Peckham
January 2019

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