Childcare providers can quiz Department for Education representatives at funding formula consultation sessions held by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).
The sessions will take place later this month in London and at NDNA’s headquarters in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Both these events are open to members and non-members.
On 14 September, Jessie Hamshar, Deputy Director, Early Years Entitlement and Affordability, will be speaking about the Early Years National Funding Formula consultation at NDNA’s AGM.
The following week on 22 September, the sector can hear from Alan Krikorian from the DfE’s Early Years Funding team at NDNA’s London member event in Clerkenwell.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, who will be giving a national update at both events, said: “It is crucial that the DfE listens to the private, voluntary and independent nursery sector and that we have the chance to ask questions about the proposed reforms while the consultation is still ongoing.
“This is an excellent opportunity for nursery managers and owners to engage with the Government to make sure all their concerns are understood and acknowledged. The PVI sector are crucial partners to Government and we all need to work together to make the delivery of funded early education and childcare a success.”
Early implementer nurseries and local authorities taking part in the 30 free hours pilots which started this month will be discussing their experiences at these events and three other NDNA member events. In addition, a representative from HM Revenue and Customs will be presenting an essential tax-free childcare update to delegates.
Purnima added: “We are delighted that our members will get the chance to hear first-hand from some of those nurseries and commissioners from relevant local authorities taking part in the pilots for doubling the free entitlement.
“We have been keeping in close contact with our networks within all the early implementer areas and feel their experiences so far will be interesting and beneficial to everyone within the sector.
“We also welcome HM Revenue and Customs to our events to give an update on tax-free childcare for nurseries, which will become a reality next year. This will help our members be fully equipped with the knowledge they need to be able to advise their parents and staff.”
In response to demand, a senior representative from Citation Professional Services will attend each member event to speak about staff recruitment and retention in a tough market, with an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions.
Lunch will be included at all member events, courtesy of Pound Gates Insurance and Citation Professional Services. Dates are as follows:
- 14 September, AGM at NDNA head office in Huddersfield
- 21 September, South West (Bournemouth)
- 22 September, London (Central)
- 12 October, South East (Hove)
- 13 October, East England (Ely)
A further two member events take place in Scotland and Wales on the following dates:
- 27 October, Scotland (Glasgow)
- 16 November, Wales (Wrexham)
Childcare Minister Mark McDonald will be discussing the Scottish Government’s plans for early years, including the expansion of early learning and childcare. Property experts Christie & Co will be speaking about the state of the sector.
In Wrexham, the agenda includes a presentation from Donna Davies of CSSIW and Welsh Government update from Elin Gwynedd, Head of Policy Development and Implementation.
Member events in the North of England take place in the spring months.
All member events which run from about 12.30pm until 4.30pm are free to NDNA members but are open to non-members to attend, costing £36. All places must be booked in advance and are given out on a first come first served basis. Contact the NDNA membership team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01484 407070 to reserve a place.