Join our Big Debates at the Nursery World Business Summit

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Get ready to air your views on vital topics for the early years sector in our Big Debates at the Nursery World Business Summit on 14 November.

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Each of our Big Debates features expert speakers, panel discussion and audience participation.

UK nursery businesses: striving for success – in association with Christie & Co

This engaging big debate will begin with an overview of the current UK day nursery sector, examining the key factors impacting business performance. The panel discussion will look ahead to 2019/20 and give different perspectives on how the political and economic landscape may affect nurseries.

The session will include discussion on:

  • Market activity
  • Fees and occupancy
  • Workforce: costs, recruitment and retention
  • Nursery closures/organic developments
  • The impact of 30 hours and Brexit

Early years workforce quality: how can the sector provide the best training for graduates and the wider staff team? – in association with Voice

This Big Debate will focus on the vital theme of growing and developing the early years workforce to support high-quality provision for young children:

  • What on-the-job training is needed for staff qualified at different levels?
  • How can CPD contribute to staff retention?
  • The role of graduates in the skills mix

And don't miss the chance to free up your thinking in a fantastic experiential workshop using LEGO® Serious Play® at Nursery World's fifth annual Business Summit.

Get ready to think with your hands while your brain tries to keep up!

This Nursery World Business Summit: Seeking solutions in complex times comes as the 30 hours funded childcare programme will have completed its first year, and recruiting staff and maintaining quality continue to prove very challenging. Added to this are the broader economy and Brexit effects.

Our essential one-day conference will give the early years sector the chance to meet, network, debate and look for solutions, as well as hear from expert presenters on a range of hot topics.

The programme also includes:

  • Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi MP on policy priorities for the early years sector
  • Update on Ofsted inspection from Gill Jones
  • Overview of the economy, Brexit and the labour market from Resolution Foundation director Torsten Bell
  • The latest on the new T-levels and early years apprenticeships from the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • French nursery group CEO Jean-Emmanuel Rodocanachi on his experiences of entering the UK market
  • Why co-locating your nursery with a care home can work for young and old from the directors of United for All Ages
  • Early years consultant Helen Moylett on what you need to know about the proposed revisions to the EYFS and the early learning goals

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