Working together: early years providers and schools in partnership

This unique event brought together leaders from schools and early years settings, along with policymakers from central and local government, to discuss the benefits and challenges of partnership working.

Sam Gyimah, MPThe keynote speech was given by Sam Gyimah, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education (pictured).

Chaired by PACEY's Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, other speakers at the Forum included:

  • Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre, Newham, London
  • Ruth Pimentel, Chief Executive, Toad Hall Nursery Group
  • Sarah Lambert, Development Manager, Blackpool Centre for Early Child Development
  • Judy Shaw, National Association of Head Teachers

About the forum

Early years provision in England is changing rapidly. Free childcare for 3- and 4-year-olds of working parents from 2017. Schools are being encouraged to deliver early education to children as young as 2.

The Government has introduced a range of measures to enable, and incentivise, schools and early years settings to work more closely together to provide a seamless, blended childcare offer for parents.

This forum highlighted innovative models of shared care, and considered how schools and early years providers can work together to deliver high quality early education and care that both meets the practical needs of families and enables children to flourish.

Videos from the day

Childcare and Education Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, speaks about the quality and flexibility of childminders.

Speakers discuss the benefits of childcare professionals, schools and parents working together to support children's transitions to school. 

Liz Bayram speaks about working together.