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Education Summit 2023

18th October 2024 Business Design Centre, London



01 Sep 2023

Session announcement: What sustainable funding for early years looks like

Session announcement: What sustainable funding for early years looks like
Join What sustainable funding for early years looks like at Education Summit 2023 for a deep dive into the pathway ahead for sustainable government funding for the early years sector.

In this session chaired by Briony Richter, Editor of Nursery Management Today, panellists will explore the need for a commitment to long-term investment, strategies, and a collaborative approach between governments, local authorities and early years providers/organisations. From evidence-based allocation to fostering equity and community engagement, the discussion will cover the key components that make sustainable funding a reality.

Talking points will include:

  • Long-term commitment: Examining the benefits of sustained financial commitment from the government and its impact on the early years sector.
  • Evidence-based approaches: Discussing how funding decisions rooted in evidence and research can lead to optimal developmental outcomes for young children.
  • Collaboration: Exploring how government collaboration with early years providers and organisations can bolster the effectiveness of funding strategies.

Who are the panellists?

Neil Leitch OBE is CEO of the Early Years Alliance. He has fronted numerous sector campaigns, ranging from fair funding and mental health to the Rewind on Ratios campaign. Prior to joining the EYA, Neil held a career in finance which culminated in being Chair of the Finance Industry Standards Association.

Purnima Tanuku OBE leads the strategic direction of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). She regularly appears in the media sharing the views of NDNA members, raising public awareness and lobbying Government for the support that nurseries need to deliver high-quality care and education for children.

Dane Hardie is the Director and Co-owner of Claygate Montessori School, an Outstanding Ofsted rated nursery in Surrey, and has over two decades of experience in the early childhood education sector. He also serves as the Director of Childcare and Strategy at Pebble, an early childhood edtech platform.

Elaine Sagar is CEO of the Sunflower Group, a collection of family-owned day nurseries in Tameside. She has a track record of nurturing success in both startup ventures and established enterprises within the early years sector, and she is also currently Co-Chair of the NWOBC.

Don’t miss out…

To get informed about the future of education, book your ticket for Education Summit 2023 and we’ll see you at London’s Business Design Centre on 29th September!

Tickets are FREE for education providers within (but not limited to) early years, primary, secondary, higher or further education.









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