Conservative Party conference: ‘Transforming lives through early years education’

Reform convened a fringe event exploring the theme ‘Transforming lives through early years education’ with Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee. Other panel speakers include Professor Caroline Whalley CBE, Founder of The Elliot Foundation, Liz Roberts, Editor of Nursery World and John Theedom, Director of Early Years Services, Prospects.

The expansion of free childcare and introduction of a new tax-free entitlement was a key Conservative manifesto pledge. The Government has so far put early years high on the policy agenda, with the 2015 Spending Review committed to investing an additional £1 billion more a year by 2019-20 to expand free childcare, including increasing universal free provision for three and four-year olds from 15 to 30 hours a week. These policies will increase demand for early years education, making the expansion of low-cost, high quality providers an imperative.

This explored key issues including the role of early years education in parental employment and equipping children early with the skills they need early on in development.

This event was held in partnership with Prospects:



020 7799 6699

3 October 2016
12.45 - 13.45