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10th National Sure Start Conference #surestart12
26 Apr 2012
Manchester

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The Sure Start conference continues to be the essential event for all Children's Centre Leaders and Local Authority Officers, equipping attendees with the most up-to-the-minute policy and best-practice guidance.

Challenging times require new ways of working to ensure sustainability, quality and the best possible outcomes for families.

This year, speakers shared their expertise and knowledge through a series of forward-thinking plenary sessions, panel debates and best-practice workshops.

Programme
09:50
Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement, Pre-school Learning Alliance
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Ciarn Hayes, Sure Start & Early Intervention, Department for Education
The future of Childrens Centres: Sustainability, funding and quality provision

10:15
Elizabeth Elsom, Divisional Manager, EYFS Frameworks, Ofsted
Update from Ofsted: Inspection, data management, self-evaluation and evidencing outcomes

10:35
Sir Paul Ennals, Chair, Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
Developing a skilled Children's Centre workforce

10:50
Questions and discussion
Setting the scene

11:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:30
Patricia Hanson, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, National Day Nurseries Association
Working in partnership to deliver the extended two-year-old offer

11:50
June O'Sullivan Chief Executive, London Early Years Foundation
Multigenerational use of children's centres: ensuring an economically viable future

12:10
Cllr Ivan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Blackpool Council
Feedback from a Department for Education's 'Payments-by-Result' pilot

12:30
Panel discussion: Session speakers
Adapting to change: What lessons can be learnt from sustainability projects from across the country?; What should the priorities be for early years during periods of austerity?; Will extending provision beyond early years dilute interventions?

13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Children's Minister
The importance and future of early intervention KEYNOTE ADDRESS

14:20
Caroline Sharp, Research Director, Centre for Evidence and Evaluation, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Targeting and engaging the most needy families

14:40
Panel discussion
What is the future of Children's Centres? Councillor Ivan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Blackpool Council; Theresa Moore, Head of Early Years, Lancashire County Council; Caroline Sharp, Research Director, Centre for Evidence and Evaluation, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER); Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Children's Minister

15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:45
Lisa Rogers, Head of Waterways, Mulberry Park Federation and Discovery Children's Centre
Tracking the progress of parent-training (To be joined by parents who have successfully completed the training.)

15:45
Theresa Moore, Head of Early Years, Lancashire County Council
Improving educational attainment through Children's Centres

16:30
Close of conference
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