Policy Forum for Wales

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7538736244

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


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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates