Sure Start
24 Sep 2009
Succeed and Sustain. Held at The Bloomsbury Hotel, London. Supported by: Day Care Trust, Fatherhood Insitute, Action for Children, National Literacy Trust, Pre-School Alliance

This major annual conference gave all those leading the way in providing high-quality, diversified children's centres the opportunity to come together and share how they are improving outcomes for the Sure Start generation.

Programme
09:50
Neil Leitch, Director of Communications, Pre-School Learning Alliance
Opening remarks from the Chair

10:00
Maria Miller, Shadow Minister for Children
Keynote address

10:15
Keynote panel discussion: Sure Start - embedded, essential or mission accomplished?
Maria Miller, Shadow Minister for Children Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Daycare Trust Rose De Paeztron, Head of Strategic Development, Family Action Thanos Morphitis, Assistant Director of Children's Services, London Borough of Islington

11:00
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
11:30
Dwynwen Stepien, Director Early Childhood Unit, National Children’s Bureau
Developing a robust quality assurance framework that allows for personalised services and individualised budgets

11:50
Jean Humphrys, Director, Early Years Development, Ofsted
Evaluating the future of inspection and regulation of children’s centres: Using inspection to promote excellence in childcare

12:10
Margaret Lochrie, CEO, Capacity
Examining the impact of SSCC’s on meeting government targets for reducing child poverty

12:30
Questions and discussion: Session 2
12:45
Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:45
Adrienne Burgess, The Fatherhood Institute
Putting father-inclusiveness into practice

14:00
Liz Attenborough, Manager, Talk To Your Baby, National Literacy Trust
The importance of early communication in child development

14:15
Seminar/discussion groups: Session 4
15:30
Seminar/discussion groups: Session 5