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 have therefore invested time and resource to early years across the trust and we continue to work with organisations such as Early Excellence to engage practitioners in reflective practice and peer collaboration. This project focused on getting he foundations right and practitioners invested time and energy developing their shared understanding of best practice for 'enabling environments'. Using the expertise of our Director at the time Nikki Walters and further support from early Excellence, we have transformed all of our EYFS settings to support the characteristics of effective learning and this has reduced teacher workload as well. Peer-to-peer development work has been hugely successful and out EYFS team presented their outcomes and learning to the whole trust. Our vision is that the Oval Learning Trust is a centre of excellence for early years education.