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Nursery World Business Summit: A Changing Landscape

PACEY’s chief executive, Liz Bayram joined a panel of experts at the Nursery World Business Summit this week. The one day conference saw early years leaders and practitioners coming together to discuss the issues and opportunities the sector is facing.

Recently appointed early years minister Caroline Dinenage opened the summit, reporting back on the outcome of the 30 hours consultation. Her overall message was that she is ‘listening’ to the sector, and she encouraged attendees to share their views in the Government consultation into numeracy and literacy skills in early years which opened on 5th November. Ms Dinenage said the results will form part of the long-awaited workforce strategy, which she anticipated to be launched before Christmas. 

Liz Bayram joined other early years leaders, including CACHE and NDNA for a dedicated workforce session, which drilled down into what Government needs to do to support the early years sector, and discussed the long overdue need for a review of the Level 3 GCSE requirements. Read more on Liz’s Huffington Post blog.

Three Local Authorities reported back on the progress of the 30 hours pilot schemes, while PACEY president Penny Tassoni ran a session on talent management in early years and how to grow great leaders. It was evident from the day that there are challenges ahead, but the event really brought to light the passion and determination amongst practitioners, and a collective desire to succeed despite the turbulent climate.