Policy Forum for Wales

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

Morning, Thursday, 18th June 2020

Online Conference

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

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


We expect a key focus on the day to be the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early years provision in Wales, now and into the future, including:

  • the makeup of the early years workforce and future planning, in light of childcare being one of the Welsh Government’s list of critical sectors,
  • how the sector can continue to be supported by the Welsh Government through the immediate crisis; and
  • The long-term direction of the Childcare Offer, prioritising funding and how to support families with a range of backgrounds - following the Welsh Government closing the Childcare Offer for new applicants for an initial three-month period, so that funding can instead be spent on provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Key areas for discussion:

Quality of provision, and investment and funding:

  • defining and delivering high-quality early years provision in Wales, and addressing the challenges for achieving consistency,
  • improving education outcomes and addressing the attainment gap - and the principles underpinning the new quality framework, and
  • how investment can be used to have the greatest positive impact - with discussion expected on capital projects and investment from small grants.

Support for staff, and Welsh-medium provision:

  • latest thinking on tackling challenges for achieving a sustainable early years workforce for Wales and supporting staff to deliver care and education,
  • developing staff language skills and smoothing the transition from early years into Welsh-medium education,
  • assessing best practice and progress made to date, and
  • priorities for enabling the widening of Welsh-medium provision.

Inspection:

  • the potential impact on the joint inspection framework for childcare and play on early years care and education in Wales, and
  • issues for implementation.

Access and flexibility, and involving families:

  • the flexibility of ECEC provision, and making childcare environments inclusive - particularly for children with additional learning needs or physical disabilities,
  • innovation in education approaches and settings, improving their availability, and integration in education and care, and
  • improving support for families and parents in preparing children for education beyond ECEC - including on understanding and an awareness of the system and the support that is available.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

It takes place with:


The agenda:

  • Defining quality provision for both early years education and care;
  • Challenges for delivering high-quality provision and prioritising child development;
  • Ensuring consistent quality in ECEC - investment, workforce and closing the attainment gap;
  • 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
  • Developing the new Early Childhood Education and Care quality framework - lessons learnt and next steps.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speakers

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies

Chief Executive, Mudiad Meithrin

Dr David Dallimore

Social Policy Researcher, School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University

Professor Karen Graham

Emeritus Professor of Childhood and Family Studies, Wrexham Glyndwr University

Keynote Speakers

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies

Chief Executive, Mudiad Meithrin

Dr David Dallimore

Social Policy Researcher, School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University

Professor Karen Graham

Emeritus Professor of Childhood and Family Studies, Wrexham Glyndwr University

Chairs

Baroness Randerson

former Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language, Welsh Government and former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, UK Government

Simon Baynes MP

Speakers

Bethan Webber

Chief Executive, Home-Start Cymru

Tracey Handley

Head of Wales, Parentkind

David Goodger

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Wales

Lisa Holland

Nursery Manager, Cherry Hill Children’s Day Nursery

Councillor Sandra Davies

Member, Learning and Skills Scrutiny Committee, Powys County Council

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Lisa Dobbs

Manager, Bridgend College Day Nursery and Play Scheme

Councillor Penny Andow

Chair, Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Conwy County Borough Council

Sarah Mutch

Flying Start Manager, Caerphilly County Borough Council