12th National Sure Start Conference
21 Mar 2013

Headline Speakers

The vital role that Sure Start children’s centres play in improving the outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged families in the UK is well documented. But whilst public support has never been more strong; so too are the pressures of new legislation in tough financial times.

As ever, Sure Start Conference and exhibition continues to be the essential event for all children’s centre leaders and local authority officers, equipping attendees with the most up to the minute policy and best practice guidance.

Challenging times require new ways of working to ensure sustainability, quality and the best possible outcomes for families.

This year national and regional experts will share their knowledge through a series of forward thinking plenary sessions, panel debates and best practice workshops.

                      

          

                             

Programme
09:50
Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive, NCT
Welcome and introduction from conference chair

10:00
Maureen Nuttall, Service Development Manager – Central & West, Action for Children
The future of Children’s Centres: Sustainability, funding and quality provision

10:15
Denise Burke, Director, United for All Ages/Good Care Guide
New ways of funding: thinking outside the box

10:35
Wendy Scott, Expert Panel Member, The Independent Review of Early Years Qualifications; President, TACTYC, Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators
Developing a skilled workforce: independent review of early years qualifications

10:50
Questions and discussion
11:00
Break
11:30
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)
PVI and children’s centres working together for families

11:50
Councillor Afzal Khan CBE, Executive Member for Children's Services & Labour Member for Cheetham Ward, Executive Members' Office, Manchester City Council
Facing financially challenging times: ensuring an economically viable future

12:10
Rolling out and implementing ‘Payment by Results’
Aaron Atkinson, Service Manager, Oldham Council;
Mark Connolly, Children’s Services Manager, Action for Children.

12:30
Questions and discussion
12:55
Break
14:00
Naomi Eisenstadt CB, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, first Director of Sure Start
Video keynote: The importance and future of early intervention

14:15
Putting the ‘two year old funding’ into practice
Linda Randle-Bissell, 2, 3 and 4 Year Old Funding Officer, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council;
Janice Hollinghurst, EYFS Consultant, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

14:35
Mark Harwood, Director, Skills for Local Authorities
Achieving ‘outstanding’ services in difficult times

14:50
Questions and discussion
15:00
Break
15:30
Seminar 1: Measuring children’s centre impacts and outcomes
Nigel Lloyd and Louise Harrington, Directors, NLH Partnership

15:30
Seminar 2: Skilling your workforce: engagement and the art of talking to the community
Dan Dearnley, Centre Manager, Maypole Children's Centre

15:30
Seminar 3: Learning the lessons from outstanding children’s centres
Mark Harwood, Director, Skills for Local Authorities

16:30
End of broadcast