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The Future of Early Years Conference
Thu 1 June 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
Early years education is under threat from a national funding formula, argue the MPs Tulip Siddiq and Jack Dromey.
The government plans to introduce a single national funding formula for the early years. It says it wants to tackle the uneven funding around the country. Since 2009, more than 15,000 early years settings have closed and there has been a loss of over 45,000 childcare places. In the recent government consultation on free childcare, we learnt that more than half of the nurseries responding were clear that they are desperately short of funding. A quarter went further still, saying that don’t even receive enough money from the government to cover their basic costs.
In December 2016 the Government unveiled the new “early years funding formula” detailing its plan to provide 30 hours a week of free childcare for all parents of three and four-year-olds. The new approach is designed to end inequalities in the system and ensure children in the private or voluntary sector are funded at the same level of those in maintained nursery schools. The quality of early years care has significant implications for children later in life and additional measures such as the six new "opportunity areas", the Early Years Pupil Premium and the Disability Access Fund have been introduced to ensure young people in deprived areas and those with additional needs are not left behind.
Therefore, the University of Salford and Salford Professional Development are bringing together leading minds to discuss the future of Early Years education. The conference will address the budget challenges, as well as the innovative approaches care centres are taking to prepare infants for Primary education.
The event is benefitting from assisted funding from our partners and the university, meaning we have a limited number of fully funded places. If you would like to register to attend please register above or contact our team here.
Topics of discussion on the day include:
- How will the Early Years Funding Formula affect national funding for local councils and the money that is passed on to providers?
- Has the Early Years Pupil Premium had a significant impact on outcomes and what are the grant conditions for 2016/17?
- Can improved early years education help close the socio-economic gap?
- Will opportunity areas succeed in developing the knowledge and skills of young people and what long-term impact will this have on the economy?
- How can we ensure that the early years providers of the future are well trained?
- What can early years providers do to create a safe and inclusive environment for children with special educational needs?
- What are the latest innovations in early years provision and what are the advantages of using technology in the learning environment?
- How can early years providers better prepare children for the transition to primary school?
We look forward to welcoming you on the day.