EARLY YEARS FUNDING - GREAT NEWS You will all be aware (especially those providers who deliver free education sessions for 3 and 4 year olds) that there will be changes nationally in the way providers will be able to offer these sessions (more flexibly), and increase provision from 12 ½ hours to 15 hours per week (for 38 weeks) by 2010/11. Whilst this seems a long way off, there is lots of work for us to do in preparing ourselves to deliver this offer. The Great News is – Liverpool has been selected as one of 15 Local Authorities to be a 2nd wave pilot area to introduce this increased and more flexible offer – to begin in September 2008. It’s great news, in that the pilot status is bringing additional funding to introduce the programme ahead of the national requirement, and it gives us the opportunity to develop innovative approaches – and other Local Authorities can learn from our work. We want to ensure 100% of 3 and 4 year olds are encouraged to take up this offer. Don’t panic too much!! There will be lots of information, contact, consultation and discussion over the next 6 months to get us off to a flying start. There will be national and local media reports publicising this in the near future. We really do need to have childcare providers and nursery schools/classes engaged with these discussions and this process. You will remember that last month that I sent an invitation to all settings who deliver Early Years Education asking that expressions of interest be shown by managers/ owners who would like to participate and actively contribute to a Working Group who will oversee and steer the implementation and delivery of this initiative (before we knew we were a pilot authority!) I made it clear that if more than one setting expressed interest, then I would share with the sector those names and a brief resume so that the sector can decide who they would want to represent their views. I am delighted that 3 settings submitted their names. As there was only 1 sessional provider, this setting will be asked to join the working group as I believe it is important to have all sectors represented on such an important issue. The Sessional representative is Barbara Ord, from Christ the King Play Group. Schools are also represented on this group by Louise Boyd, Headteacher, East Prescot Road Nursery School and Jan Potter, Headteacher, Belle Vale Primary School. There is therefore representation from a Nursery School and Nursery Class. Childminders will be represented by Dorothy Harrison, Childminder Network Co- ordinator – on the basis that Childminders may be eligible to offer the free education sessions when delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage. I would be grateful if you would therefore select one of the following settings to represent full day care providers. As this representative will be for a specific sector, it is only fair that the specific sector selects. Therefore, please only respond to this if you are a full day care provider. EARLY YEARS FUNDING WORKING GROUP REPRESENTATION Please tick the box of the person you would like to represent full day care providers on this working group. Please remember, you should only respond to this if you are a full day care provider. CHIRISTINE HORSFIELD – BA (Hons) QTS EYPS. I have worked voluntarily at Gwladys Street Primary for 9 years and attended JMU to carry out a Specialist Teacher Assistant course (passed with distinction). I then carried out teacher training and graduated as a primary teacher in 2000. I started work in the early years sector as a nursery teacher and manager, and presently manage a 40+ nursery in Sefton Park. I am also the SENCO at the nursery. I work as long side the area SENCO and Teacher Adviser to improve the practice within the settings. This year I have achieved the Early years Professional Status. I look forward to being a part of a new network focussed on improving childcare in the future. I feel I would represent my sector effectively as I have vast experience of childcare and early years practice, and I have a good knowledge of practices and procedures which contribute to a good standard of childcare and education. I select this person SALLY ROSS - PERC PERC runs a full day care Nursery established in 2003 to care for up to 20 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old. We employ 6 full-time and 2 part-time Nursery staff. Our Nursery Manager has a BA Hons degree in Early Years Management. The Nursery Staff report to Sally Ross, the PERC Manager, who has put her name forward for consideration as a Representative on the above Working Group. Our Nursery team will be directly affected by the introduction of the 15 hours Free Education Entitlement for 3 and 4 years by 2010 and are therefore well placed to use their experience to put forward suggestions and views affecting themselves and therefore other PVI settings. PERC is uniquely well placed to provide access and feedback from a wide network of Nursery Education providers in the PVI sector via their Mobile Toy Library Service. Visiting over 200 childcare groups each year, this provides powerful opportunities to consult and engage providers in the discussion and preparation for these changes. Sally Ross also sits on the Steering Group Committee for the LCN 0-25 Network whose membership covers PVI sector Nursery Education Providers throughout the city. I select this person LINDA MAXWELL LIVERPOOL EARLY YEARS CENTRE/WALTON CHILDREN’S CENTRE. I am an experienced manager with over 30 yrs experience in childcare. I have worked in private, voluntary and statutory sector – education and social services. Between 1993 – 1996 I set up and ran a subsidised Nursery for a Community Trust. Securing long term funding to ensure sustainability was a key aspect of my role. In 1996 I was successfully appointed to a management post in Scope, a major disability organisation. I have worked in partnership with the Social Services Department to provide daycare for Children in need, specialising in support for children with disabilities and complex needs. I was an active member in the evolvement of the Early Years Development Childcare Partnership in Liverpool in the late 1990s and have remained involved through the development and delivery of the service I manage and am totally committed to the visionary objectives of the national 10 year childcare strategy. I currently manage the only Voluntary Sector Children Centre in the City, and as a result have vast experience of working and negotiating with the Local Authority in ensuring that the non statutory sector has a voice and an important role to play in the delivery of childcare and in supporting children and families. I have successfully secured National Lottery Funding to establish first fully inclusive after school and holiday play scheme in City, 1998 and established F2F parent befriending scheme in Liverpool offering emotional support to parents of disabled children, 2005. I developed Scope’s Children’s Rights Charter and training pack I am totally committed to the equality of opportunity and access to mainstream services for all children; passionate about the rights of all children; believe that parental choice and wishes have to be acknowledged and that parents, as advocates for their own child, must be listened to. I believe that we must not compromise quality in service delivery in order to meet national targets/objectives I believe that the introduction of the more flexible increased free early education sessions is a challenging and ambitious programme, but nevertheless, an exciting opportunity that will support better outcomes for children and their families, and I feel able and sufficiently experienced to represent the sector in taking this forward. I select this person Name/Signature………………………………………………………….. Position in Setting ………………………………………………………. Setting Name ……………………………………………………………. You can either telephone, (225 4906) email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post your response to Jan Gallagher, Principal Officer, Childcare and Family Information Service, Children’s Services, Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, Liverpool L1 2DH.