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Interview - Fiona Smith

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  • Sunday, December 20, 2020
Fiona Smith is responsible for bringing The Learning Experience (TLE) from the US and driving its franchise expansion, with the aim to open 70 nurseries in the UK. Founded in Florida 40 years ago, TLE has more than 275 settings, 90 per cent of them franchises. Ms Smith, who has a background in franchising, oversaw the recent UK nursery launch.

Interview - Bethany Shirley, co-founder of Parenthood Matters

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
A lead campaigner in the recent parliamentary petition to have maternity leave extended, which was signed by more than 200,000 parents, and one of the founding members of a new campaign group that wants to find a solution for childcare funding that suits both early years providers and parents.

Interview - Linda Cuddy, head of childcare, Welcome Nurseries

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Since opening its first nursery in June last year, and backed by private investor Jonathan Jay, Welcome Nurseries has expanded rapidly and has just acquired its tenth and 11th settings. The group is now in locations across the North of England in Yorks and Lancs, and in the South in Essex

Interview - Dr Sara Bonetti, Education Policy Institute

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Research commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission has found one in eight early years workers earns less than £5 an hour. The report highlights low pay and lack of career and training opportunities among the key barriers to a stable workforce. Report author Dr Bonetti discusses the findings

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