Let's listen - Young children's voices - profiling and planning to enable their participation in children's services

Young Children's Voices Network have launched a new resource; part funded by Participation Works.

This resource is to support early years settings and local authorities to evidence and plan listening to young children and enabling young children’s participation in children’s services.

Over 60 guests from all over the country attended the celebratory event which included presentations from Dr Cathy Hamer, who developed ‘Let’s listen’, and colleagues from Hertfordshire County Council, who shared findings from their young children’s consultation project which explored 3 and 4 year olds’ experiences of the Flexible Free Entitlement.

Key features of Let's listen:

  • is designed for practitioners to use in settings
  • uses the themes and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the YCVN Listening Cycle
  • is designed for local authorities and Children's Trust boards to use in mapping participation of young children in children's services
  • is mapped against Hear by Right participation standards

Let's Listen Profile and planning tables (103 KB DOC)
Let's Listen Recording and findings table (42 KB DOC)
Let's Listen Overall Assessment form (24 KB DOC)

Also available is The national and international context of listening to babies and young children by Dr Cathy Hamer, published in March 2009. This review supported the production of Let's Listen, and helped NCB Early Childhood Unit to build on and bring together existing good policy and evidence, and to identify and concentrate on the gaps. Click on the title above to download the review.

Lucy Williams and Dr. Cathy Hamer presented a paper on Let's listen at the European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA) Conference in Birmingham in September 2010, entitled 'How can local authorities and early years settings assess and plan the participation of young children in early years services?' A summary of this paper is available to download.

You can download Let's Listen for free or order hard copies of (price £8) and find out about the range of publications available from the Early Childhood Unit at NCB, please e-mail d.hirst@ncb.org.uk.

Participation Works is a partnership of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB