Alliance Annual National Conference 2017
“Free childcare” – at what cost?
The conference line-up
Caroline Dinenage, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Women, Equalities, Early Years, Neil Leitch, Alliance Chief Executive and Karyn McCluskey, Community Justice Scotland Chief Executive join other sector leaders for a dynamic opening conference. The ever-popular annual Alliance Volunteer Awards start off the afternoon programme. Kate Garraway, TV broadcaster hosts this important celebration to highlight the huge contribution made by Alliance volunteers. Practical afternoon workshops will follow, giving delegates a chance to benefit from two great sessions.
Of course, you can also enjoy amazing networking and exhibition opportunities over the day.
After much discussion about the provision of so-called ‘free childcare’ - those of us who work in the sector know that what you deliver isn’t just ‘childcare’, and it certainly isn’t ‘free’. The "Free childcare" - at what cost? Alliance annual conference 2017 explores what we can do to challenge these perceptions. It is particularly timely with the implementation of the 30-hour offer in September. We believe that funding for the early years must cover the cost of delivering high-quality early education places. While the government increased funding support for the sector to support the roll-out of the 30 hours ‘free’ entitlement late last year, we know it’s not enough to make a real difference for many providers.
The government must invest sufficient funds over the long-term in the early years. Only then, can we realistically improve a child’s life chances and positive contribution to society in the long-term.
This year's event will be held at the Hilton Bankside Hotel in London. You can find out more about the hotel, including directions, on their website here
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