The Early Years Transformation Academy (EYTA) was an intensive guided learning programme, run by EIF in partnership with The Staff College, Born in Bradford and Better Start Bradford.
Through the EYTA, multi-disciplinary leadership teams from selected local areas participated in a 12-month programme to prepare a local system transformation plan for maternity and early years services. In 2019/20, EIF worked with five local areas: Barking & Dagenham, Dudley, Norfolk, Sandwell and Westminster / Kensington & Chelsea.
The EYTA supported local areas to bring together the people who are responsible for maternity and early years services, with a clear mandate to collaborate on system improvements. Working with teams of six to eight local system and service leaders, the Academy enabled participants to use existing skills and expertise to build on system strengths and find solutions to local challenges.
The learning programme had four core modules, focusing on:
- Preparing for change
- Identifying vulnerable populations
- System planning
- Measuring impact.
Learning took place via online learning materials, a series of design workshops, and practical local application exercises.