Oxford Early Years


10 th JULY 2018       |      BROOKES UNIVERSITY

 "How can we work together to address priority needs for children aged 0-5 in Oxford?"


Studio 1 of the Oxford Early Years Rapid Action Lab brought the lab team back together for a day to reflect on their learning from Action Cycle 1 (June 8th - July 9th) and support each action team to develop the next iteration of their prototype to be tested in the field during Action Cycle 2 (June 10th - July 7th). 

Below you will find documentation from Studio 1, including: Day Summary; Outputs: Action Teams & Prototypes; and Evaluation Data.




09:00 - Arrival & Registration: Meet the Lab Team.

09:30 - Welcome & Check-in

The Lab Team were invited to check-in around the following questions:

  • How am I arriving?
  • What is 1 key learning from the past Action Cycle?
  • What is you intention for the day?

10:00 - Introduction to Process

10:30 - Action Teams: Prototype Check List-Review

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - Early Years Priority Needs Review

Drawing on research by the Dartington Institute, the Big Lottery's 'Better Start' programme has identified the need to support three key child development outcomes:

  1. To improve children’s diet and nutrition
  2. To improve children’s social and emotional development
  3. To improve children’s speech, language and communication

These 3 child development outcomes and the rationale behind them, define the priority needs the labs actions teams are seeking to address with their prototypes.

14:00 - Prototype Iteration: 3D Modelling & Peer Coaching

15:30 - Action Planning & Next Steps

16:00 - Checkout

16:30 - Close






Oxford Natural Education Support (OXNEST)

Focus: (1) Community resilience (2) keeping families together (3) preventing families getting to crisis 

Hypothesis: Supporting positive parenting creates a vital ecosystem to meet priority needs for children aged 0-5.

Description: OXNEST aims at providing high quality, affordable  and accessible  training, support and events for people who work with or support children and families in Oxford.


    • Annie Davy

    • Nicola Taylor

    • Fiona Henderson
    • Anna Cox
    • Doireann Lalor
    • Shilpa Bhatt

    Action Team 2


    Joining the tots

    Focus: curating information  

    Hypothesis: families in need of services will benefit from simple information access tools, such as a physical service map.

    Description: An initiative will create a set of simple information access tools and a network of ‘Community Navigators’, to support the priority needs of ‘invisible’ 0-5 years Children and their families in the Florence Park area.


      • Dave Tullett
      • Lydia Hodgins
      • Cheryl Huntbach
      • Ben Hamilton
      • Clare Crossley

      Action Team 3



      Focus: volunteer training 

      Hypothesis: Increasing the number and quality of volunteers in the sector will help children with priority needs

      Description: Empowering parents to empower families - training and support programme for parents wanting to support families with 0-5's.


        • Ginnie Herbert
        • Kathy Peto
        • Emily Grant
        • Karen Porter
        • Ellie Clarke-Jacques
        • Jacqui Gitau

        Action Team 4


        Little Ones Learning at Home (LOLAH)

        Focus: language development, home learning environment

        Hypothesis: Providing families with a “doorway” to literary experiences will help language development and impact the home learning environment

        Description: A library-based initiative encouraging parents / carers & children to use the home learning environment to support social, emotional and language development.


          • Siobhan Salter
          • Rebecca Matthews
          • Sally Smith
          • Daisy Brown
          • Mary Taylor

          Action Team 5



          Focus: Connecting Existing Early Years Space

          Hypothesis: Enabling access to multiple types of existing early years spaces will help children with priority needs.

          Description: This initiative focus on developing better use of spaces to deliver early years services and generate income with the sector.  Using food, arts & crafts, storytelling, etc. to build stronger communities and better opportunities for the young and their families.


            • Beth Knighton

            • Carol Lister

            • Lisa Fern
            • Simon Barnard
            • Lisa Mansour
            • Anna Thorne


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