It was a great pleasure and privilege to speak to members of the Early Years business community at last week’s Business Summit about my thoughts on developing change-ability and surviving 30 hours.
The Minister got a rather cool reception (to be expected as he had nothing new to say about the 30 hours, but reckoned that providers up and down the country are “up for it”).
We heard about how the new Apprenticeships arrangements are moving forward (rather more slowly and painfully than one might have hoped).
Amanda Spielman from Ofsted gave a reassuring talk which acknowledged the importance of productive dialogue with the sector to continue to improve the inspection regime (well done to all involved in the OBC).
And then after a very nice lunch and a chance to visit the exhibitors, it was over to me to kick off the afternoon slot talking about surviving 30 hours. I shared this platform with Ken McArthur from Polly Anna’s Nursery in York and Jo Morris from Playsteps in Swindon and one of the founders of the Champagne Nurseries Lemonade Funding campaign. Both were part of the Early Implementer Programme and were able to add to my presentation by sharing some of their warts and all experiences.
If you weren’t able to come to the event, you can download a copy of my presentation here