Why have an Early Years Link Governor?
The early years spans the period from birth to 5 and has a separate judgement within an Ofsted inspection. As with other link governors, it would be useful to have a link governor to:
Champion the early years within the school
Provide information to governors
Talk confidently about early years practice and approach
Liaise with the headteacher and assessment manager
Raise the profile of the early years with parents
Contribute to audits and report
Role Description: Early Years Link Governor
The Early Years Link governor will:
Promote the principles that underpin the early years foundation stage framework.
Understand the principles that underpin early years pedagogy
Be aware of the relevant statutory documents and guidance.
Understand the importance of a child-centred learning approach
Ensure the curriculum promotes the development of the characteristics of effective learning.
Ensure that Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) issues remain high on the school’s agenda
Discuss the liaison between feeder nurseries into school and the transition between EYFS and year 1
Ensure that the environment is enabling and appropriate
To understand and support with analysis of EYFS data
Attend or complete online training as appropriate
Work with senior leaders to ensure early years staff have sufficient resources and training
Understand how progress is monitored and recorded
Carry out monitoring visits
Tools to support the work of the Early Years Link Governor
►Further information and guidance regarding Early Years support
►See below for a link governor checklist