Published date: 6 March 2020

Last edited date: 11 June 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 6 April 2020

Contract summary


  • Primary education services - 80100000

  • Pre-school education services - 80110000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

6 March 2020

Closing date

6 April 2020

Contract start date

4 May 2020

Contract end date

31 August 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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UPDATE: In light of Government health guidelines, this procurement was withdrawn in March 2020. Please note that a new revised opportunity has now been advertised and can be found via the link below:

The purpose of this opportunity notice is to notify the market that the Department for Education's (DfE) is undertaking a procurement exercise to appoint a suitably experienced body to support delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage reforms. This will involve delivering a series of events to support local authorities in preparing for the reforms. These events will form part of a wider package of support around the reforms which will be advertised separately.

The Department intends to reform the learning and development and assessment requirements stipulated by the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, with national implementation anticipated in September 2021 and an early adopter year expected from September 2020.

Contractors will be responsible for delivering a series of events, during the summer term, that will support Early Years representatives from all local authorities in preparing for the reforms. This will ensure that LAs are prepared to start offering advice and implementation support to early adopter schools from September 2020 and to all other schools as they prepare for national implementation in the lead up to September 2021.

We expect ten events across the eight regions, offering free places for up to two representatives from each Local Authority.

We expect the supplier to plan and deliver ten events for Local Authority representatives in summer 2020, including:

- Event administration
- Event facilitation
- Event delivery
- Event evaluation

In order to maximise impact of the events we are seeking a delivery organisation with experience of working with the Early Years sector.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms: Guidance, resources and training

  • Early engagement
  • Published 25 February 2020


Additional text

A market engagement webinar was hosted by the DfE on 20 February 2020.

The market engagement information pack, including webinar slides and Q&A pack are embedded in to this notice.

For information: Attendance at the market engagement webinar is not a pre-requisite for being able to submit a tender against this opportunity.

The DfE will be administering the procurement processes electronically via the DfE e-Tendering Portal; Jaggaer. No hard copy documents will be issued and all communications with DfE (including final submission of tenders) will be conducted via the Jaggaer Portal.

Bidders who are not already registered on the portal can register here:

When registered and signed in to Jaggaer you will need to express an interest in the opportunity to be able to access all procurement documentation.

For any assistance required in registering bidders should contact the Jaggaer helpdesk:

This notice is to advertise an opportunity. The Department reserves the right not to enter a formal procurement process and not award contract(s). Accordingly, the Authority will not be liable for any bid cost, expenditure, work or effort incurred by a supplier in acting on the basis of this notice.

About the buyer


Department for Education. Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, Westminster