We passionately believe in ensuring children get the very best start to their education, so the Early Years is very important to us. Research evidence strongly supports the belief that a good start for children in early years has a direct correlation with stronger later achievement. We therefore invest a lot in early years and work with organisations such as Early Excellence to engage practitioners in reflective practice and peer collaboration. We have expertise on our board of directors with Niki Walters who contributes her expertise to this as well. Our current project is about 'enabling environments' and we are already seeing a positive impact in children demonstrating the characteristics of effective learning. Our vision is that the Oval Learning Trust is a centre of excellence for early years education.