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Next steps for early years education and childcare provision in England, and the implementation of the EYFS

Morning, Tuesday, 13th September 2022

This conference focuses on next steps for the early years and childcare sector in England.

With the statutory rollout of the updated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from last September, delegates will assess progress with implementation and lessons learnt so far - including:

  • the impact on early literacy and numeracy levels, raising attainment, and ensuring children are reception-ready
  • issues and best practice for creating an holistic curriculum

Delegates will also discuss priorities for the early years workforce, including latest thinking on recruitment and retention, pay, training and CPD, workload, and the use of apprenticeships.

Further areas for discussion include:

  • resources - funding ◦ the provision of support for the sector moving forward
  • pressure on families - the impact of the rising cost of living ◦ supporting parents with the cost of childcare
  • post-pandemic - priorities for mitigating the impact on children’s development ◦ raising standards
  • mental health - tackling concerns for both children and staff
  • inequalities - supporting children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds ◦ using early years education to facilitate social mobility

We are pleased to include keynote sessions with Neil Leitch, Chief Executive, Early Years Alliance; and Professor Chris Pascal, Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood.

Keynote Speakers

Neil Leitch

Chief Executive, Early Years Alliance

Professor Chris Pascal

Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood

Keynote Speakers

Professor Chris Pascal

Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood

Neil Leitch

Chief Executive, Early Years Alliance


Eva Lloyd

Professor of Early Childhood, Cass School of Education

Julian Grenier

Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School, Newham

Catherine McLeod

Chief Executive, Dingley’s Promise

Sophie Livingstone

Chief Executive, Little Village

Beatrice Merrick

Chief Executive, The British Association for Early Childhood Education

Janet King

Sector Manager for Education and Childcare, NCFE

Dr Diane Boyd

Senior Lecturer in Early Years, Liverpool John Moores University

Brett Wigdortz

Chief Executive, Tiney

Elaine Drayton

Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies

June O’Sullivan

Chief Executive, London Early Years Foundation

Kayleigh McLaren

EYFS Lead, Phonics and Early Reading Lead, and EYFS and KS1 Assessment Lead, St Bede's Catholic Junior School, Jarrow