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Managing the 2024 Nursery Funding Expansion

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Catch up on our webinar for essential insights on managing the 2024 funding expansion in nurseries. Learn to address chaos caused by new rates, navigate staffing challenges, optimise costs, maintain education quality, and enhance parent communication. Gain practical strategies to ensure your nursery thrives amidst expansion.

Meet your expert panellists

June O'Sullivan: Chief Executive, LEYF

June O’Sullivan is the Chief Executive of LEYF, the UK’s largest childcare social enterprise, overseeing 37 nurseries across London. A dedicated advocate for children and families, she shapes policy, advises governments, and champions community-based education. With an MBE and numerous awards, June’s tireless work ensures a brighter future for all.

Courteney Donaldson: Managing Director, Christie & Co

Courteney Donaldson, the Managing Director of Childcare & Education Sectors at Christie & Co, boasts an extensive background in childcare and education. Specialising in the nursery sector since 1999, she offers invaluable advice to operators, banks, and investors, playing a pivotal role in major transactions since 2006. Her expertise spans from single settings to national nursery groups, providing a deep understanding of market trends and demands. Courteney also advises on various child-centric ventures, from special educational needs schools to foster care businesses. A Co-opted Trustee for the NDNA, Courteney's influence extends nationally, often sharing insights at esteemed conferences and seminars.

Andrew Clifford: Specialist Consultant, Red Dog Early Years Services

Andrew Clifford, a Freelance Specialist Consultant for Red Dog Early Years Services, is devoted to early childhood and life-long learning. With a wealth of experience in M&A, new site development, and team expansion in regulated settings both in the UK and abroad, he specialises in Operational Management, Leadership, Teaching, and Consultancy. Passionate about enhancing people's development and well-being, he excels in improving performance for early years professionals and organisations. Andrew has proven his strategic prowess across multi-site organisations, including PE-backed, private family-owned, and community-based entities, with a talent for fostering a positive atmosphere while addressing the needs of individuals, teams, and organisations.

John Pickup: Head of Commericial, Connect Childcare

With 7 years of background in the early years sector, John advocates for the integration of technology to assist nurseries in simplifying their operational processes. His expertise lies in using nursery management software to streamline tasks and strengthen relationships with parents.

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