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MINISTER TO SPEAK AT LGA CHILDCARE CONFERENCE

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Childcare minister Margaret Hodge is to announce the successful childcare and development plans submitted by counci...
Childcare minister Margaret Hodge is to announce the successful childcare and development plans submitted by council-led local partnerships at an LGA conference next week.

Examining the key areas of opportunity and responsibility for local government, the event will cover issues such as partnerships, quality and resources and how to meet the expectations of parents and children.

A programme is attached

CHILDCARE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Local Authorities Taking the Lead

Monday 29 March 1999

Marlborough Hotel, London WC1

PROGRAMME

0945Registration and coffee

1015CHAIR'S WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

1030GOVERNMENT POLICY AND EXPECTATIONS

Margaret Hodge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DfEE

1100TACKLING THE TASK - PARTNERSHIP, QUALITY AND RESOURCES

Speakers in this session will examine the key areas of responsibility and opportunity for local government, within the context of these three themes. Panel discussion and questions to follow presentations.

- Partnerships

Michael Hipkins, Divisional Manager, Early Years Division,

DfEE - 'Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships'

Shirley Trundle, Divisional Manager, Childcare Unit, DfEE - 'Childcare Expansion'

- Quality

Lesley Staggs, Principal Manager, Early Years, Qualifications & Curriculum Authority -'Review of Desirable Learning Outcomes'

Gill Haynes, Chair of Early Years National Training Organisation - 'Human Resources: Getting the Best from Staff'

- Resources

Georgina Brown, Policy Officer, New Opportunities Fund, -

'The New Opportunities Fund: How to Access Lottery Resources'

Local Authority Speaker TBC, 'Resource Co-ordination from a Local Authority

Perspective'

1245 LUNCH

1345GETTING THE CURRICULAR BALANCE RIGHT

Professor Kathy Sylva, University of Oxford

1430MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN:

THE LOCAL AUTHORITY ROLE

Colette Kelleher, Director, Daycare Trust

1515CHAIR'S CLOSING REMARKS

1525CONFERENCE ENDS

Tea and coffee available on departure

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