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Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Wales - quality, flexibility and affordability

Morning, Thursday, 18th June 2020

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will examine the ongoing development of the new Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) quality framework in Wales.


With a focus on the quality and consistency of provision, areas for discussion include improving access, flexibility and information, Welsh-medium provision, resources, and the inspection regime.


Speakers and chair

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Nicola Edwards, Deputy Director, Childcare, Play and Early Years, Welsh Government;
  • Lucie Griffiths, Head, Early Childhood Education and Care, Welsh Government;
  • Kevin Barker, Head of Inspection, Childcare and Play Inspection, Care Inspectorate Wales;
  • Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive, Mudiad Meithrin;
  • Dr David Dallimore, Research Officer, Honorary Research Associate, School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University;
  • Professor Karen Graham, Emeritus Professor of Childhood and Family Studies, Wrexham Glyndwr University; and
  • A senior speaker confirmed from Estyn.

Further confirmed speakers include: David Goodger, Early Years Wales; Tracey Handley, Parentkind; Hayden Llewellyn, Education Workforce Council; and Bethan Webber, Home-Start Cymru.

The chair part of this conference is: Councillor Emlyn Dole, Spokesperson, Employability and Skills, WLGA and Leader, Carmarthenshire County Council.


Context and the focus for discussion

The conference takes place in the context of issues emerging from policy and sector developments, including:


The agenda

  • Defining quality provision for both early years education and care;
  • Delivering high-quality provision and prioritising child development;
  • Ensuring consistent quality in ECEC - investment, workforce and closing the attainment gap;
  • Supporting quality, the role of ratings and lessons from joint inspections;
  • The potential impact of the quality framework on joint inspections for early years settings;
  • Set Up and Succeed - progress and future priorities for Welsh-medium provision;
  • Improving access, flexibility and information - integration, innovative settings, and making care and education work for families; and
  • The new Early Childhood Education and Care quality framework - lessons learnt and next steps.


Keynote Speakers

Nicola Edwards

Deputy Director, Childcare, Play and Early Years, Welsh Government

Lucie Griffiths

Head, Early Childhood Education and Care, Welsh Government

Kevin Barker

Head of Inspection, Childcare and Play Inspection, Care Inspectorate Wales

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies

Chief Executive, Mudiad Meithrin

Dr David Dallimore

Research Officer, Honorary Research Associate, School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University

Professor Karen Graham

Emeritus Professor of Childhood and Family Studies, Wrexham Glyndwr University

A senior speaker confirmed from Estyn

Chair

Councillor Emlyn Dole

Spokesperson, Employability and Skills, WLGA and Leader, Carmarthenshire County Council

Speakers

Bethan Webber

Chief Executive, Home-Start Cymru

Tracey Handley

Head of Wales, Parentkind

David Goodger

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Wales

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council