Early Learning and Childcare Expansion: Infrastructure and Business Models
This is the first in a series of two events that focus on the 2020 expansion of early learning and childcare (ELC). At this event we will focus on infrastructure challenges, difficulties around the Space to Grow initiative, and solutions for private and third sector providers to develop sustainable business models for covering unfunded hours.
Innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges
“An ambitious and challenging transformation programme” – Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
Delivering ELC expansion is key to achieving the Scottish Government’s primary priority of tackling the attainment gap. It is happening and it is positive, but we need to make it work in practice.
There are issues with developing the expanded infrastructure, with some local authorities seeking to work closely with the private sector, while others are only willing to invest in council-run nurseries.
This event is an opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers who will present innovative business models and interesting perspectives on developing the necessary infrastructure, inspiring you and provoking the conversations that matter. You will also have the chance to add your voice to the discussion in our interactive roundtable session as we examine how to deliver the ELC expansion.
Join us to learn from experts across the ELC sector as we consider how to deliver on this ambitious and challenging transformation programme.
Why come to this event?
- Learn from outstanding experts from across the ELC sector
- Your chance to question the people that matter
- Join the conversation in an interactive roundtable discussion
- Meet other people involved in ELC and share innovative practice, including how to develop sustainable business models for covering unfunded hours
Who should attend?
- Nursery managers/providers
- Local authority professionals working with children and young people
- Elected representatives with an interest in education and children's services
- Academics interested in early years
- Professionals interested in early learning and childcare
All delegates will be entered into a raffle to win a Community Playthings fire truck to take back to their early years setting.
09:15 Registration and Refreshments
09:55 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair
Angela Haggerty, Journalist
10:00 Session 1: Developing the ELC Infrastructure
- Collaboration between public, private, and third sectors
- The Space to Grow Initiative
- Deliverable timeframe?
10:00 Involving Private and Voluntary Providers in the Delivery of the ELC Expansion
- The need to involve private and voluntary providers
- Partnership working
- Sustainability of the sector
Jonathan Broadbery, Head of Policy and External Relations, National Day Nurseries Association
10:30 Quality Environments for Early Learners
- An overview over the development and scope of the ELC infrastructure programme
- Reflections on the development of ELC reference designs for new facilities
- Thoughts on ELC infrastructure options going forward
Alastair Young, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust
11:00 Space To Grow
Karen Quinn, Senior Inspector, Care Inspectorate
11:40 Refreshments and Networking
12:00 Session 2: Sustainable Business Models
12:00 Thinking Differently To Meet The Early Years Expansion Challenge
- A Fresh Approach; challenging traditional delivery models
- The Flexible Childcare Services Model
- 2020 and beyond; considering options for the future
Susan McGhee, Operations Director, One Parent Families Scotland; Flexible Childcare Services Scotland
Lesley Tait, Pilot Project Manager, One Parent Families Scotland
12:40 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
13:10 Event sponsor: Community Playthings
13:20 Lunch and Networking
14:00 Session 3: Innovative Approaches from Across Scotland
14:00 Creating the Conditions for Outdoor Early Learning & Childcare Through Collaboration
- How the ELC expansion offers an opportunity to do things differently and how outdoor models can support the expansion!
- The benefits of outdoor play based learning for children, staff and communities
- The benefits of taking a neighbourhood approach to outdoor ELC
Mairi Ferris, Thrive Outdoors Team, Inspiring Scotland
14:30 75 Liters
- Challenges Edinburgh’s perspective
- Edinburgh’s approach
Tracey Shaw, Early Years Manager, City of Edinburgh Council
Robbie Crockatt, School Estate Planning Manager, City of Edinburgh Council
15:10 Chair’s Closing Remarks
Angela Haggerty, journalist
15:15 Close of Event
*Agenda is subject to change
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