America Square Conference Centre, London 

The past year has continued to be extremely challenging for the early years sector, but many nursery businesses have proved to be strong, adaptable and dedicated to supporting staff, children and families. The childcare market has seen very high demand from nursery buyers, confident that expansion can continue.

Now the sector is looking to the future, as the Government’s early years recovery programme swings into action, along with extra funding pledged for the free entitlement. Early years settings need to prove they are taking action to be diverse and inclusive, eco-friendly operations where well-being can flourish.

It’s time to make sure your business is equipped to survive and thrive in an environment that has changed radically and will continue to do so.

Our essential conference is back as a live event on 8 March at America Square in London. An expert line-up of speakers from government, Ofsted, nursery businesses, consultancies and think tanks will tackle the big issues, dispense advice and give you food for thought.


The conference includes:

  • Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman with an update on early years inspection
  • Children and Families Minister Will Quince on policy priorities for the early years sector (invited)
  • Focus on policy and public spending from Christine Farquharson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • The CACI team on the latest demographic data that can inform your business strategy
  • Progress with the Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship
  • Expanding your business without compromising quality, with Jo Caswell and Kate Peach
  • Perspectives on the childcare market from Sarah Steel of The Old Station Nursery Group and Fatima Essoufi of parent company La Maison Bleue
  • Supporting anti-racist practice in your nursery -insights from Liz Pemberton
  • Top tips for going green with London Years Foundation’s June O’Sullivan and Nick Corlett
  • Making well-being a priority – Ruth Pimentel and Annie Tierney on Kindred’s Healthy Steps Initiative

The conference is designed for:

  • Nursery group directors
  • Nursery owners and proprietors
  • Nursery and children’s centre managers
  • Headteachers and EYFS co-ordinators
  • Local authority early years heads
  • Early years advisers
  • Investors