Developing the Childcare Workforce
30 Mar 2010
6th National Conference. Held at The Bloomsbury Hotel, London

The Government expects organisations within children’s trusts to demonstrate that they are working together at the operational level and directors of children’s services to gain more experience of operations. This conference looked at examples of co-operative best practice on the ground, helping local authorities and their statutory partners to meet these obligations.

Programme
10:00
Sue Owen, Director of Wellbeing, National Children’s Bureau
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:10
Sue Egersdorff, Operational Director for Extended and Integrated Leadership, National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services
Director of Children’s Services Leadership Programme

10:30
Jane Haywood, Chief Executive, Children’s Workforce Development Council
Keynote address - Integrating the early years workforce

10:50
Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association
Developing a quality early years workforce in the face of recession

11:25
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Elizabeth Elsom, Divisional Manager - Education and Care Directorate, Ofsted
New inspection framework for children’s centres

12:15
Elizabeth Elsom, Divisional Manager - Education and Care Directorate, Ofsted
Question and answer

12:20
Panel discussion: Co-location of services
- Problems in rural areas - Facilitating movement of health services to children’s centres - How does the childcare workforce engage with JCP? Alex Gamby, Head of Early Years and Childcare (Operations), Kent County Council Liz Hughes, Children’s Centre Coordinator, NHS Croydon, Croydon Community Health Services Neil Walker, Local Partnership Manager, Jobcentre Plus Eston

13:00
Buffet lunch and networking
14:00
Frances Rehal MBE, Former Manager, Sure Start Millmead
Introduction to the principles of good governance

14:20
Panel discussion: Governance of children’s centres
- How well have children’s centres traditionally been governed? - How can children’s trusts apply the principles of good governance to children’s centres? - Parental engagement / family-led governance Previous speaker will be joined by: Frances Rehal MBE, Former Manager, Sure Start Millmead Caroline Swindells, Strategy Manager (Children’s Centres), Hertfordshire County Council Andrew Constable, Managing Director, Five Rivers

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Seminar 1: Joint funding agreements between local authorities and PCTs
Sue Hare, Head of Strategic Planning for Change - Directorate for Children, Young People and Families, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council