Leadership and Governance Conference and Awards Dinner 2017

Friday 17th November 2017 - The Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Hope Education Headline Sponsors 2017

A one-day conference focussing on leadership, governance and values marks the introduction of an annual winter conference focussed on governance. Keynote speakers and workshops will focus on leadership and management; Human Resources; financial planning and sustainability; fraud prevention and reserves planning. Conference Dinner and Awards Ceremony will close this one day event.

Keynote Address:

Siobhan Fitzpatrick, CBE
Chief Executive Officer, Early Years – the organisation for young children

Frances McCandless
Chief Executive Officer, Charity Commission NI



Leadership and Governance are central to delivering good outcomes for young children.  Running a successful project in the early years sector requires a collaborative approach that engages parents, communities, early years professionals, regulators and policy makers in the planning and delivery of services for young children.
This one day conference explores the concept of leadership within the early years sector and aims to provide programme leaders, members of the management committees and independent owners with information, advice and networking opportunities to support their decision making and enhance outcomes for children.

Who should attend?

This conference will be valuable to parents, management committee members, Board of Governors and anyone who works with young children including local and national government officers, Early Years Specialists, managers and practitioners, SureStart Co-ordinators and staff, nursery and childcare providers, , health professionals, education professionals and health and social care trust staff, childcare students and community partnerships staff.

Some great reasons why you should attend the conference!
  • Learn from professionals and key experts
  • Refresh and enhance your knowledge
  • Network with others
  • Pick up resources that support good governance
  • Hear and learn practical take home messages
  • Take part in relevant discussions and debates
  • Learn about new products and services
  • Enhance your continuing professional development

Awards Ceremony

At this conference, six settings will receive their accreditation award which identifies the high standard of early years care and education provided by them. Developed in line with international research and best practice in early years care and education, the process ensures that service providers have external verification on the high quality nature of their provision. Good quality early years experiences are vital to the health and development of young children. Providing a quality early years’ experience ensures the young children are lifelong eager and able learners.
This year will also see the graduation of our first cohort of Level 5 CCLD students, who will also be presented with their certificates.

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