23 Jan 2020 , Central London and regional locations to be confirmed

Following on from the huge success of our January Early Years Workforce Roundtable in 2019 we are pleased to invite you to #TheBigEYdebate.

With an estimated funding gap of £662 million in 2019/2020 the evidence tells us that parents and providers are footing the bill for under-funded childcare policy. What is the solution?

Join us on 23rd January in central London, or via live web-stream as childcare providers get together to share views on how to tackle the funding crisis.

Join #TheBigEYdebate:

  • Hear the perspectives of leading early years figures on the direction
    of childcare policy and government investment in early years.
  • Get practical advice and ideas from leading sector experts on
    managing costs and investing in long-term sustainability.
  • Come together with colleagues to share your views on solutions in an
    afternoon of round-table discussions.

Emerging themes from the debate will be captured by our independent research team and presented to Government.

Join leading early years figures in London to debate the sector's future, network with colleagues and get practical advice and support. Speakers, workshop and discussion facilitators include:,

  • Neil Leitch, Chief Executive, Early Years Alliance
  • Zoe Raven, CEO, Acorn Early Years Foundation
  • Ruth Pimentel, CEO, Kindred Nurseries
  • Cheryl Hadland, Founder, Tops Day Nurseries and Aspire Training Team
  • Matt Robinson, Client Engagement Director, Lifetime Learning
  • Sophie Haylock, Director, Early Years HR
  • Dr Jo Verrill, Managing Director, Ceeda
  • Liz Roberts, Editor, Nursery World
  • Kathy Brodie, Early Years Professional, Consultant and Trainer
  • Professor Eva Lloyd, Director, International Centre for the Study of the
    Mixed Economy of Childcare, University of East London
  • Cary Rankin, Managing Director, Bertram Nursery Group
  • Kate Peach, Managing Director, Each Peach Childcare.
  • David Wright,  Co-owner of Paint Pots Nurseries and England’s National Representative for the World Forum Foundation on Early Care and Education.
  • Sara Bonetti, Director of Early Years, Education Policy Institute. 


Can't make it to London? No problem. Join us via live web-stream from the comfort of your setting or office.  

If you are joining us via ticketed live-stream, you will enjoy the morning speakers and workshop sessions and be invited to share your views on the issues raised, via a survey. You will also have the opportunity to submit questions to our expert panel, and join the live-streamed Q and A session that closes out the day.   

This event is for setting owners, investors, managers, local authorities, and organisations working with the sector - if you are passionate about high quality early education and childcare be a part of this important debate.


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