Join The Big Early Years Debate 23 January

With a forecast funding deficit of £824 million in 2020/2021 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 a live webstream, as childcare providers up and down the country share views on policy direction and how to tackle the funding crisis. 

Join the Big EY Debate:

  • 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.
  • Network with colleagues throughout the day, all rounded-off with a drinks reception.

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

Join leading early years figures 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
  • Matthew Robinson, Client Engagement Director, Lifetime Training
  • Sophie Haylock, Director, Early Years HR
  • Phillip Bate, Senior Relationship Manager, Triodos Bank 
  • Dr Jo Verrill, Managing Director, Ceeda
  • Julie Hyde, Director, CACHE
  • June O'Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive, London Early Years Foundation
  • Cary Rankin, Managing Director, Bertram Nursery Group
  • 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
  • Kate Peach, Managing Director, Each Peach Childcare
  • Diana Lawton, Early Years Trailblazer Group, Managing Director, Our Monkey Club
  • 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
  • Linda Baston-Pitt, CEO, PurpleBee Learning.


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.   

Who is it for? 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, come and share your views!