The aim of the Linking Schools and Early Years Project (LSEY) is to ensure that all children enter the formal education system ready to engage with the many opportunities offered by their new learning environment. The project also aims to ensure that schools are prepared for children of all abilities and backgrounds when they first attend, and that families, services and communities are ready to support the development of children. Ilan Katz and kylie valentine, with colleagues from the Social Policy Research Centre will conduct an evaluation of the project. Evaluation has been built into the project model from the outset, and there is a clear intention to examine the effectiveness of the model and the potential for wider implementation. The evaluation will be based on data collected from each of the primary groups involved in the project, and from contextual data on the three project communities. The primary groups involved include: • The parents of children starting school • Schools • Early education and care (EEC) services • Local government • Child and Family services.