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Inspection and Regulation in Early Years
18 Jan 2012
Building the Strongest Foundation

Headline Speakers


Early years’ provision is going through dramatic review and change, simplification and reform in the EYFS. Change in inspection and regulation is being designed to help drive the new focus on being ready for school. The government consultation following their response to the Tickell Review promises results in the autumn and implementation from September 2012.

Changes in the focus of learning and development are matched by changes in assessment whilst maintaining safeguarding and promoting welfare. Payments by results, greater parental involvement, different use of flexible hours all bring organisation change to early years providers. All this, combined with new health visitor and public health changes, mark a major period of reform.

This conference recording is for providers, local government, and educationalists who have to lead and implement these changes.

Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement, Pre-School Learning Alliance
Introduction and welcome from conference chair

Ann Gross, Director of Early Years, Department for Education
Understanding the changes, being ready for September 2012, building quality

Ann Gross Questions
Sue Robb, Head of Early Years, 4Children
The role of the Strategic Partnership in supporting families in the foundation years: focus on the WEYFS Framework

Elizabeth Elsom, Divisional Manager EFYS Frameworks, Ofsted
Explaining the implementation of change

What's on now:
Neil Leitch, Chief Executive, Pre-School Learning Alliance
Challenges facing early years provision

Questions and discussion panel: Session 1 | The keys to change
Session speakers joined by: Sarah Steel, Managing Director, The Old Station Nursery Ltd

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Panel discussion: Management and financial challenges
Leadership demands, new flexible hours, payment by results, new parental involvement, making free entitlement work at a local level | Anand Shukla, Chief Executive, Daycare Trust; Claire Schofield, Director of Membership, Policy and Communications, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA); Frances Rehal MBE, Thanet Children’s Centre, Locality Co-ordinator, Callis Grange Children's Centre.

Professor Christine Pascal, Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood
Ready for school, ready for life: early learning that really counts

Professor Denise Hevey, Professor in Early Years, University of Northampton
The workforce agenda and its challenges

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Lunch, networking and exhibition
Viv Bennett, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health; Visiting Professor, King’s College London
Healthy start for school and beyond: the Health Visitors’ Implementation Plan

Sara Bright, Senior Early Years Adviser, Taunton, Somerset
Shared voices project: embracing the child’s and parents’ voices in the assessment of children’s learning

Pip O'Byrne, Chair, 4Children
Inspection and assessment: providing consistency and quality

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Seminar 1: Governance and building social capital
Frances Rehal MBE, Thanet Children’s Centre Locality Co-ordinator, Callis Grange Children’s Centre

Seminar 2: PART ONE Understanding and preparing for new inspection and regulation
Dee Gasson, Principal Officer, Childcare Registration and Enforcement, Ofsted

Seminar 2: PART TWO Understanding and preparing for new inspection and regulation
Seminar 3: Focusing on the family
Men in childcare: how to fulfill the Coalition Government pledge to improve gender balance in the workforce - Kate Groucutt, Policy and Research Director at Daycare Trust; | Three men in a nursery: addressing the gender balance in early years | David Stevens, Nursery Manager, London Early Years Foundation, The Angel Nursery

Interview with Dee Gasson Summary of Seminar 2 by Dee Gasson, Principal Officer, Childcare Registration and Enforcement, Ofsted

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