Investor Publishing webinars

All systems go: Is this a transformative moment in history for the care sector?

Mark Adams, chief executive, Community Integrated Care
Nuno Almeida, chief executive, Nourish
Duncan Astill, partner, Mills & Reeve
Aly Kachra, managing director, Country Court Care

With physical movement restricted, digital environments have been paramount to many providers on both a social and operational level. As the situation continues to gradually improve across the board, what lessons can the care sector learn from this period and what does the future look like?

HealthInvestor UK partnered with law firm Mills & Reeve and digital care management specialists Nourish, to discuss the role technology has to play in the regulation and operation of care homes.

The debate focuses on the below points of discussion:

Digital adoption and driving qualitative care – with the health and social care system on high alert for signs of a second wave, how can technology be harnessed by operators, regulators and technology experts alike to improve digital adoption, better manage infection control and drive quality across the elderly care sector?

Closer collaboration between providers and regulators – are there opportunities for regulators to collaborate with providers to gain better evidence and a deeper understanding of the care provided?
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Workforce and collaboration: Adapting to the ‘new normal’

David Cooper, chief people officer – Circle Health group – incorporating BMI Healthcare
Peter Moore, partner, iCon Infrastructure Fund
Leah Queripel, human resources director – residential care services, Care UK
Udara Ranasinghe, partner, DAC Beachcroft

The impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s health and social care sector is likely to mean fundamental and long term change to the sector’s workforce. This period of transition will create challenges and short-term pressures, but it should also drive greater collaboration between the public and private sector.

To discuss the changing nature of the sector’s workforce, share the great work that is currently being done, and consider how operators should be reacting, HealthInvestor UK partnered with DAC Beachcroft to host a webinar featuring leading figures from across health and social care.

The debate focuses on the below points of discussion:

Return to work and employee protection – how will independent health and social care grapple with Covid-19 specific risks assessments and mitigate identified risks against a backdrop of changes to working patterns? How will organisations deal with changing working arrangements (which are underpinned by legal obligations and driven by social change) to address Covid-19 risks? Will mandatory testing and vaccinations (if/when available) be the solution and what are the legal issues with requiring these (and managing associated data flows)? Will equity in regards to accessing PPE result in variances to remuneration based on exposure risk?

New workforce models and restructuring – how will independent health and social care align workforce structure with a changed demand for services? Will we see an increase in NHS work for private providers and will there be an extension of care pathways in to independent social care? Will increased and steady flows of work challenge the traditional model of engaging doctors through PPs? What will increased collaboration with other providers mean? Is that a model for future care pathways? What are the implications for future investment in the sector? Are the changes we will see make independent health and social care more or less attractive to investors and could it lead to further consolidation within the sector?

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Back to the future: Redefining ‘quality’ in a post-Covid care sector

Derek Breingan, head of health and social care sector, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank
Ashley Cooper, senior partner, Edward Cooper Young
Tim Street, senior adviser at Patron Capital and co-founder of Hamberley
Andrew Surgenor, senior director – healthcare valuation, CBRE

Replacing ageing stock with new ‘fit for purpose’ homes is a key challenge for the elderly care sector and one that pre-dates the Covid-19 pandemic. Rising land prices, the cost of construction and prohibitive planning policies have all contributed to an environment where not enough new homes are built and older stock stubbornly holds on to its market position – despite a lack of suitable room sizes and amenities.

As we enter the ‘new normal’, the care sector is once again under scrutiny but it also has an opportunity to change the way it is perceived – and funded – by making a strong case for what ‘best in class’ looks like. To help define these terms, and to debate how the market can drive innovation and investment, HealthInvestor UK is partnered with Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank to bring together this panel of market experts.

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On Target: Kenneth MacKenzie discusses how Covid-19 has impacted social care real estate investment…

Kenneth MacKenzie, chief executive, Target Healthcare REIT

HealthInvestor UK’s Covid-19 Webinar Series continued with an interview with the chief executive of Target Healthcare REIT, Kenneth MacKenzie.

Target Healthcare REIT is one of the most established investment vehicles active in the care sector, with over 70 residential care properties operated in partnership with 27 different operators across the UK.

In an interview with Investor Publishing managing director Vernon Baxter, Kenneth shared the perspective of the landlord on the Covid-19 crisis and provided insights on the long-term implications of the pandemic for the care sector.

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Road to recovery? What happens next for elderly care…

Avnish Goyal, chairman, Hallmark Care

HealthInvestor UK’s Covid-19 Webinar Series continuesd with an interview with Avnish Goyal, the chairman of Hallmark Care, chief executive of Savista Developments, chair of Care England and the founder of the Care Sector Ball.

As one of the most active figures in the care sector, Avnish has many jobs and even more insights into how the elderly care system is responding to this crisis. In an interview with Investor Publishing managing director Vernon Baxter, Avnish shared his thoughts on what comes next for the social care sector over the next 12 to 18 months.

As social distancing measures begin to be relaxed there are a number of serious considerations for everyone involved in the care home market – with big questions facing operators, regulations and politicians alike.

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Restoring confidence: Will the self-funding care market thrive in the wake of Covid-19?

Tom Hartley, director, Carterwood

HealthInvestor UK’s editor Rob Munro was joined by Tom Hartley of care sector analysts Carterwood to discuss the future of the self-pay care home sector.

The lack of availability of testing and PPE combined with high death rates has had a devastating effect on public perception of the care sector and, despite heroic efforts by operators and investors, it will take considerable time before confidence is restored.

In the light of these sobering facts, what does the future hold for the self-pay market? Has the Covid-19 pandemic permanently damaged its reputation or will higher-end care homes become more popular as they offer greater protection from infection while the threat from Covid-19 lingers?

Tom answers these and other questions based on the results of Carterwood’s latest research into the self-pay market.

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Notes on a scandal: Understanding the long-term impact of Covid-19 on elderly care

Robert Kilgour, chairman, Renaissance Care
 

HealthInvestor UK’s Covid-19 Webinar Series continued with an interview with the chairman of Renaissance Care – and original founder of Four Seasons Health Care – Robert Kilgour.

As further details emerge on how the government and the health service has interacted with the elderly care system during the Covid-19 crisis, it is clear that the past three months will have lasting implications for the sector.

Robert Kilgour has been an outspoken voice throughout the crisis and joined Investor Publishing’s managing director, Vernon Baxter, to share his thoughts on the ramifications of this extraordinary period – both politically and practically.
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Covid-19: What have the private and public sectors learnt about working together?

Catherine Davies, managing partner, Monticle
Gabrielle Silver, chief executive, CHS Healthcare

In our latest webinar, HealthInvestor UK’s editor Rob Munro was joined by Catherine Davies, managing partner of Monticle and Gabrielle Silver, chief executive of CHS Healthcare.

Traditionally the relationship between public and private sectors in healthcare has been less than perfect but the tragic events of the Covid-19 pandemic have seen the two sides come together and work in new and innovative ways.

From providing extra bed capacity to re-purposing production lines to manufacture ventilators and PPE, to developing and deploying cutting edge medical technology, businesses and entrepreneurs have demonstrated their ability to support health and social care providers across the sector. But will this lead to a permanent shift in how we view the role of business and investors in the delivery of publicly funded services or will the old ideological battle lines be redrawn in the post-Covid world?


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Village spirit: Housing-with-care’s response to Covid-19

Tom Lord, chief operating officer, Inspired Villages
Howard Nankivell, chief executive, Rangeford Villages
Nick Sanderson, chief executive, Audley Group

HealthInvestor UK’s Covid-19 Webinar Series continued with a live panel session focusing on how the ‘housing-with-care’ sector is coping with the challenges presented by the continuing battle against the pandemic.

Investor Publishing’s managing director, Vernon Baxter, was joined by executives from three of the leading operators in the retirement villages sector – Nick Sanderson, chief executive of Audley Group; Tom Lord, chief operating officer at Inspired Villages; Howard Nankivell, chief executive of Rangeford Villages.

The live video panel will focused on how housing-with-care has responded to the unique challenges of Covid-19 – it also considered how a pandemic of this nature will impact the sector in the mid- to long-term and discussed how the economics of Covid-19 will change the investment landscape.

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Covid-19: The impact on health investment in the UK

Garret Turley, partner, August Equity

On Tuesday 28 April, HealthInvestor UK’s webinar was a discussion over the the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the UK’s health investment community.

Garret Turley, partner at August Equity joined Rob Munro, editor of HealthInvestor UK in exploring how the lockdown is hampering deal-making and the likely challenges that lie ahead in the medium- and long-term.

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Covid-19 in care homes – Latest intelligence from the frontline

Julian Evans,
head of healthcare,
Knight Frank


HealthInvestor UK’s weekly webinar featured a live interview and data session with one of the UK social care sector’s leading experts.

Vernon Baxter, managing director of Investor Publishing, interviewed Knight Frank’s head of healthcare – Julian Evans – to examine how the care home sector has reacted to the Covid-19 crisis, featuring data on how the system is coping and how the private sector’s response is supporting the health service’s battle to combat the virus.

In the past week, media attention has turned to the specific problems Covid-19 presents to the care home sector – from the relative scarcity of PPE equipment to the lack of testing and the increased fatality rate for those above 80 years in age.

In this session, Evans  shares observations and intelligence derived from Knight Frank’s market access and the management data of its client-base across the UK and from other global markets.

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Covid-19 – Can technology help us win?

Mindy Daeschner, managing partner, Daeschner Consulting
Kayleigh Hartigan, chief commercial officer, Zava

On Tuesday 14 April, HealthInvestor UK’s webinar was a discussion on the role technology can play in the fight against Covid-19.

Kayleigh Hartigan, chief commercial officer at Zava and Mindy Daeschner of Daeschner Consulting joined Rob Munro, editor of HealthInvestor UK in exploring the impact that tele-conferencing, remote consultation and AI-powered diagnostic tools are having as clinicians work to overcome the challenges presented by the global coronavirus pandemic.

This was a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in the health and social care sectors to gain insight into experts’ views on this vital clinical component during these unprecedented times.

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Care and Covid-19: Is the sector up to the challenge?

Professor Martin Green,
chief executive,
Care England

HealthInvestor UK’s Covid-19 Webinar Series kicked off with a live event featuring Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England in conversation with Rob Munro, editor, HealthInvestor UK.

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One step further: Reshaping post-secondary education in response to Covid-19

Anna Grotberg, associate partner, EY-Parthenon
Rajay Naik, chair of the commission on life-long learning
Professor Ray Priest, international director, Asia-Pacific and managing director, University of the West of England
Kate Shand, chief executive, Enjoy Education
Kathryn Skelton, chief transformation officer, FutureLearn

As part of an ongoing series, EducationInvestor Global’s Business Women in Education network hosted a webinar focused on post-secondary education, the sector’s response to Covid-19, and how it could be re-moulded to better meet society’s post-pandemic needs.

The session, introduced by EducationInvestor Global editor Josh O’Neill, is chaired by Anna Grotberg, associate partner at EY-Parthenon, and brings together Kate Shand, chief executive of Enjoy Education; and Kathryn Skelton, chief transformation officer at FutureLearn. The founding members of the Business Women in Education network are joined by Professor Ray Priest, international director, Asia-Pacific and managing director of University West of England Educational Services; and Rajay Naik, chair of the commission on life-long learning.

During the webinar, the panellists – whose varied expertise lies in tutoring, distance learning, higher and further education and future-focused careers – explore the ways in which post-secondary education providers are gearing up to meet the shifting demands of employers as they navigate the ongoing economic crisis.

The conversation examines the effects of the coronavirus conundrum on school leavers, university admissions and operations, and further education providers, including apprenticeship and training firms; panellists also consider what it means for emerging education delivery models and ed tech, while aiming to provide global perspectives.

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School of thought: Inspired Education, Rothschild & Co and Clyde & Co on the future of K12 investing

Ross Barfoot, partner, Clyde & Co
John Hayes, director, Rothschild & Co
Nadim Nsouli, chief executive, Inspired Education

In partnership with Clyde & Co, EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a panel discussion featuring Nadim Nsouli, chief executive of international schooling giant Inspired Education; John Hayes, director at investment bank Rothschild & Co; and Ross Barfoot, partner at law firm Clyde & Co.

Together, the panellists discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the international K12 sector. They examine global issues through a corporate lens to identify the ways in which transaction metrics – such as valuations, price-to-earnings multiples and debt levels – will recalibrate in light of the coronavirus crisis to reflect changes to schools’ operations, capacity and thus profitability. The panel also shed light on how independent school owners, operators and investors can preserve value and protect brand integrity throughout this turbulent period and safeguard assets from future disruption through diversification.

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Back to the future: Preparing private schools for the post-pandemic world

Lil Bremermann-Richard, chief executive, Oxford International
Anna Grotberg, associate partner, EY-Parthenon
Pam Mundy, international educational consultant and director, Pam Mundy Associates
Kristine Scott, partner and head of education, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

EducationInvestor Global’s Business Women in Education network  hosted a webinar designed to help stakeholders across the private school sector prepare for the post-Covid-19 operating environment and the challenges it will present.

Introduced by EducationInvestor Global and chaired by Anna Grotberg, associate partner at EY-Parthenon and founding member of the Business Women in Education network, the panel discussion united three other founding members: Lil Bremermann-Richard, chief executive of Oxford International; Kristine Scott, partner and head of education at Harrison Clark Rickerbys; and Pam Mundy, international educational consultant and director of Pam Mundy Associates.

Collectively, the panellists share wide-reaching, international insights into the challenges presented to independent school operators thus far by the ongoing pandemic. They also look towards the future at developments including – but not limited to – shifts in demand for private schooling, changes to delivery methods, remote learning, leadership management, financial management, M&A opportunities and legal implications.

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Shelter from the storm: Investing in education amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Derrick Betts, associate partner, EY-Parthenon
Jamie Edge, head of education & training – M&A, EY
Sam Fenton-Whittet, investment director, Oakley Capital
Rory Nath, investment manager, ECI Partners

EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live panel discussion featuring Sam Fenton-Whittet, investment director at Oakley Capital; Rory Nath, investment manager at ECI Partners; Jamie Edge, head of education & training – M&A at EY; and Derrick Betts, associate partner at EY-Parthenon.

With a breadth of international experience across private equity, corporate finance and strategic consulting, these panellists  explored the future of education investment in the UK and elsewhere against a backdrop of unprecedented economic turbulence. They identify opportunities in education markets, considering the perspectives of trade, private equity and overseas investors, while assessing the impact of Covid-19 on deal flow, pricing, due diligence and more.
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Shifting sands: Global lessons from Middle Eastern education providers’ response to Covid-19

Shaun Robison, chief executive, BBD

EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live one-on-one interview with Shaun Robison, chief executive of BBD Education.

Robison, whose education consultancy is based in Dubai, discussed how organisations across the Middle East have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – the two largest education markets in the GCC.

In conversation with Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global, Robison considered what lessons have been learnt since the pandemic began and how they can be applied by education providers across the world. He also looked towards the post-pandemic future, illuminating potential changes across markets that are largely privatised and heavily reliant on private investment and international participation.

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What next? Teaching, learning and assessment after Covid-19

Daisy Christodoulou, director of education, No More Marking
Will Orr-Ewing, founder and director, Keystone Tutors
Martin Stephen, educational consultant and former high master of St Paul’s School

EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live panel discussion featuring Daisy Christodoulou, director of education at No More Marking and author of ‘Seven Myths About Education’; Will Orr-Ewing, founder and director of Keystone Tutors; and Martin Stephen, educational consultant, former high master of St Paul’s School in London, and author of more than 20 books. The conversation was moderated by Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global.
Collectively, these panellists – whose diverse range of expertise encompasses tutoring, international schooling, private schooling, assessment, educational excellence and ed tech – looked to the post-pandemic future of education in the UK and elsewhere. They considered the ways in which education has been reshaped by the Covid-19 crisis, reflecting on what has worked and what hasn’t, and offer wide-ranging views on what the next era may hold for teaching, learning and assessment.

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‘New normal’: The future of international student mobility

Anip Sharma, partner, L.E.K. Consulting


On Thursday 30 April, EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live one-on-one interview with Anip Sharma, partner at L.E.K. Consulting’s global education practice.

In conversation with Josh O’Neill, EducationInvestor Global editor, Sharma assessed the impact of Covid-19 on international student mobility thus far, drawing on a diverse range of professional expertise, data and insights into markets including the UK, US, Canada, China, and Australia. Sharma also considers what the ‘new normal’ might be in the international student market, which is tapped heavily not only by universities and pathway providers, but also K12 operators – notably boarding schools – and educational-travel providers. The discussion encompassed a raft of geographies and subsectors that are exposed to the international student market, at a time when institutions worldwide anticipate collective losses totalling tens of billions of pounds due to Covid-19-induced international travel bans.

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Covid-19 and higher education: How universities and pathway providers are navigating disruption

Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor, University of Buckingham
James Pitman, managing director, UK and Europe, Study Group
Julie Mercer, partner, Cairneagle Associates
Glynne Stanfield, partner, Eversheds Sutherland


EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live panel discussion featuring Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham; James Pitman, managing director, UK and Europe at Study Group; Julie Mercer, partner at Cairneagle Associates; and Glynne Stanfield, partner at Eversheds Sutherland. The conversation was moderated by EducationInvestor Global editor Josh O’Neill.

Collectively, these market experts discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the higher education sector, exploring the ways in which universities have orchestrated swift transitions to online provision. Panellists also considered diversification strategies and reflected on what the future operating environment may look like, at a time when travel bans have thrown the academic lives of international students, and the pathways sector, into a state of flux.

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K12 and Covid-19: Are schools coping with the online transition?

Jamie Beaton,
co-founder and chief executive, Crimson Education


On Thursday 9 April at 11am, EducationInvestor Global’s new webinar series will launch with a one-on-one interview with Jamie Beaton, co-founder and chief executive of Crimson Education, moderated by Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global.

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NMT Discussions – The nursery sector post-Covid-19: How to recover and thrive

Hosted by:

Ash Pajpani, co-founder and business growth director, Blossom Educational
Rebecca Reeve, client services manager, Blossom Educational

Panellists:

Sandra Copping, operations manager, Colourbox Montessori Group
Carly Garrett, operations manager, Banana Moon HQ
Laura Leigh Davies, owner, Child’s Play Nursery Group
Kay Patel, owner, Happy Tree Nursery

Join us for the next NMT Discussion on Wednesday 19 August at 14:30 BST.

Blossom Educational was established to create a platform that reduced the amount of paperwork for practitioners, allowing them to spend more quality time with children.
No nursery wants to be spending too much time on administrative processes when they could be working with children and growing their setting. With social distancing becoming the ‘new normal’, nurseries are having to adapt the way they communicate with parents and track a child’s development.


Blossom Educational software is built by early years experts from across the UK, using the expertise of owners, managers and practitioners to create a platform fit for all. During this webinar we will hear from Blossom Educational and a number of practitioners about how they are recovering from Covid-19 and how the platform has supported them.

We will be discussing children’s development, risk management, finance, marketing and much more.
After the panel discussion there will be an opportunity to ask our experts questions. This webinar is a fantastic opportunity for providers, suppliers and investors across the early years sector to engage with the present expert thinking during this pandemic.

Register now for this free-to-attend webinar

NMT Discussions: Navigating the lending landscape during Covid-19

Taj Heer, co-founder and director, Bright Minds Daycare
Mohith Sondhi, senior director, debt finance, OakNorth Bank

The financial downturn caused by Covid-19 has sent shockwaves across the world. However, like every recession, some things remain the same: banks reassess terms and lending criteria to mitigate risk, and they do so based on the unique situation, as well as by drawing on lessons from a past financial crisis.

Joining us are Mohith Sondhi, senior director, debt finance at OakNorth Bank and Taj Heer, co-founder and director of Bright Minds Daycare who have worked together to support the growth of Bright Minds Daycare.

Despite the financial challenges, OakNorth Bank is committed to supporting nurseries across the UK. Its lending criteria has remained largely the same and if a setting has an experienced management team and realistic projections for the future, the bank is keen to work with them.

For nurseries, there is still an appetite for growth but finding the right bank to work with can be a stressful process.

Our panellists discuss the current lending landscape, how it has impacted the early years sector and why Bright Minds Daycare chose OakNorth Bank.

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Working together through Covid-19: A providers experience

 
Karen Clince, chief executive, Tigers Childcare
Khayam Ezzat, owner, Funding Loop
Cheryl Hadland, founder and managing director, Tops Day Nurseries
Susan McGhee, chief executive, Flexible Childcare Services Scotland
June O’Sullivan, chief executive, London Early Years Foundation

The Covid-19 pandemic sent shockwaves across the world. For the early years sector this meant that, overnight providers had to completely change how they operate. 

That’s why on this webinar we will hear from five operators on their experience during the crisis and how they coped. Each one has faced unique challenges to keeping their settings open for key workers’ children while working to ensure they can safely reopen.

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NMT Discussions: The importance of EY online communities during a crisis


Dr Helen Edwards, co-founder and director, The Foundation Stage Forum and Tapestry
Steve Edwards, co-founder and director, The Foundation Stage Forum and Tapestry

Remote working has now become our new normal and even though many nurseries are open to more children, online communities are becoming more important for those across the early years sector.

Our panellists, Dr Helen Edwards and Steve Edwards are co-founders and directors of The Foundation Stage Forum and Tapestry. The two platforms aim to support those working in early years and also parents wanting to monitor and celebrate their children’s progress.

Tapestry builds a unique record of a child’s experiences and development using photos, diary entries and videos. The Tapestry platform seamlessly enables these experiences to be kept as a permanent record of each child’s journey so that parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they’re having.

The Foundation Stage Forum (FSF) is a place for educators to come together, to discover, share ideas, ask questions and give support. As well as a virtual room for discussions, FSF also offers a library of articles and podcasts on relevant issues, given by practitioners, academics and advisors.

Educational technology has historically struggled with large-scale adoption and much has been written about the cycles of highs and lows of the ed-tech industry.

Dr Helen Edwards and Steve Edwards discuss Tapestry’s own experience of working with settings as they planned for full or partial closure, the role that education technology has played in supporting the early years sector and how settings might change their use of education technology.

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NMT Discussions: Navigating the new reality for early years

Andrew Clifford, chief operating officer, CC Nurseries Group
Carole Edmond, director, Glassmoon
Sarah Mackenzie, education director, N Family Club
Nicole Politis, director, Portico Day Nurseries

For the past four months the early years sector has tried tirelessly to navigate through the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

Despite the changing regulations and an unprecedented situation, the sector has continued to pull together to support each other and share guidance in order to successfully continue re-opening.

Our panellists are all part of a sub-group from the Covid-19 Crisis Response Group and they created an in-depth proposal for a safe reopening.

The proposal carefully details how the group is proactively supporting the Government, families and employees as they step towards implementing solutions to come out of the lockdown and work safely.

During this discussion we will explore how settings have implemented the proposal guidelines, the challenges and successes of reopening, and what needs to happen to maintain growth in the long-term.

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NMT Discussions: How Covid-19 has changed the way we communicate

Matt Arnerich, head of content, Famly
Ruth Pimentel, chief executive, Kindred Nurseries

Covid-19 has thrown up no end of difficulties for providers throughout the UK and the world. Staying in touch and working more closely with parents is just one of them. But as many settings struggle with lower numbers as they reopen, just how important are developing strong links with your parents and community?
Effective communication becomes even more critical during times of crisis and uncertainty.

Matt Arnerich, head of content at software provider Famly, and Ruth Pimentel, chief executive of Kindred Nurseries, join NMT Discussions to explore why Covid-19 and social distancing have made good communication with families more important than ever, and how a modern approach to software and a community-based platform can make all the difference.

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NMT Discussions: Managing and improving wellbeing in the workplace

Linda Baston-Pitt, chief executive, PurpleBee Learning
Tracy Hutchison, director, Beach Babies
Sheila McDerment, business psychologist and coach, MC Works
Annie Tierney, head of operations, Kindred Education

With many of us now working and living in a completely new environment, our mental wellbeing must take centre stage as we navigate through the changes ahead in a post-Covid-19 workplace.

Right now, we don’t know exactly what the mental health and wellbeing implications of the pandemic will be. The impact of the lockdown and ongoing restrictions such as social distancing are just some of the factors to consider.

Our panellists explore the wellbeing impact of Covid-19, as well as the necessary steps required to support staff across the early years sector as many return to work. The discussion examines programmes and initiatives already in place that can benefit workplaces in a post-Covid-19 world.

Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees and they will need to introduce a range of measures to support staff experiencing poor mental health. These measures can take many forms, but helping staff regain an effective work-life balance will be a priority.

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NMT Discussions: Restarting and supporting early years through Covid-19

Kamal Chauhan, partner, licensing, regulatory and tax team, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Arun Kanwar, partner, Cairneagle
Rebecca Leask, partner and notary public, corporate team, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Kristine Scott, partner and head of education team, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Sarah Steel, chief executive, The Old Station Nursery

Covid-19 has completely changed life as we know it and will undoubtedly have a ripple effect on common practices and policies moving forward.
What the pandemic has showed is that, no matter the scale of the crisis, we are all more interconnected than we might have thought.
During the discussion the panellists explored how the early years sector is coping with the hurdles it continues to face and consider how to prepare for the future. We will also look at how a pandemic of this nature will impact the sector in the mid- to long-term and what steps providers can take to help them weather the storm.

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NMT Discussions: What Covid-19 means for the childcare market

Nick Brown, regional director & head of brokerage – childcare, Christie & Co
Jeremy Cashmore, head of valuation – care and education, Christie & Co
Courteney Donaldson, managing director – childcare & education, Christie & Co
Michael Hodges, managing director – care consultancy, Christie & Co

The UK nursery sector has undergone significant growth across the past few decades due to a surge in demand and more accessibility.
The current crisis has certainly slowed activity but it has not brought it to a standstill. Looking ahead as the sector evolves, there will continue to be opportunities for investors seeking a solid market.
Our panel discussion will focus on the early years property sector and the market sentiment during the pandemic, as well as what changes are expected post Covid-19.
After the discussion there will be the opportunity to ask the panellists questions during the Q&A.
This webinar is a fantastic opportunity for providers, suppliers and investors across the early years sector to engage with the present expert thinking during this pandemic.

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NMT Discussions: Food for thought post Covid-19

Jonathan Player, managing director, The Professional Nursery Kitchen


Post Covid-19, UK catering operators will have to grapple with a rapidly changing situation no-one could have predicted.

The food industry now has to step up in its efforts to deliver food safely to nursery settings across the UK as they prepare to re-open.

Jonathan Player, managing director, TPNK and director of Seymour House Day Nurseries  discusses guidance around food supply and safe preparation, as well as the reality of adjusting to a new normal at Seymour House Day Nurseries.

With the Government providing guidance for lifting the lockdown, you may already be starting to plan your new normal. When it comes to food supply, there will be a number of new safeguarding measures to take into account while the sector moves past the pandemic.


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NMT Discussions: Navigating strategies during Covid-19 uncertainty

Jonathan Jay, managing director, Welcome Nurseries
Clare Roberts, chief executive, Kids Planet Day Nurseries


We all know that there will be opportunities for growth after the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While managing the current health crisis and its impact on the early years sector is our first priority, we also need to prepare for the mid- and long-term effects of the current situation.

Clare Roberts, chief executive of Kids Planet Day Nurseries and Jonathan Jay, managing director of Welcome Nurseries discuss their Covid-19 strategies and what needs to happen next to move the sector forward.

The latest Government guidance asking early years providers, including childminders, to begin bringing back children from 1 June onwards has not yet been backed up with clarity on how this can be achieved safely for the sector.

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NMT Discussions: How digital platforms can support the early years sector

John Ingham, chief information officer, Connect Childcare


The move to working from home for the majority of us has meant that society has to embrace technology more to keep business and communications open.

John Ingham, chief information officer at Connect Childcare will discuss the role technology plays in supporting and protecting the early years sector during Covid-19.

Using technology has undoubtedly helped the shift to remote working and kept business channels open for nursery settings, however John highlights how digitisation is a double-edged sword. While it can improve transparency and accountability, users must be fully aware of all their software to combat cyber-crime.
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NMT Discussions: The digital route to access childcare

Susan McGhee, chief executive, Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS)

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the early years sector has had to adapt very quickly. The move to home learning has meant that many parents cannot use their normal childcare services.
Susan McGhee, chief executive of Flexible Childcare Services Scotland discusses a new tool, which is an adapted version of FCSS’s Flexible Pathway toolkit as well as the current situation in Scotland.
The digital tool will assess demand for childcare and available childcare provision. FCSS, the Scottish Government and Local Authorities are working closely together to deliver easy access to childcare and early learning solutions for key worker parents.

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NMT Discussions: Responding to the business impact of Covid-19

Richard Blunden, group managing director, Monkey Puzzle Group
Rosemary Collard, director, Snapdragons Nurseries
Cheryl Hadland, founder and managing director, Tops Day Nurseries
Andy Morris, chairman, Little Garden Day Nurseries


This webinar featured a panel of early years providers who are doing everything they can to steer their nurseries through this crisis.

The panellists shared their ongoing strategies to support their employees, children and parents, as well as the financial strain this has put on the sector and their future plans to re-open fully once the nation has weathered this storm.

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the early years sector is now much more visible to the government and cannot easily be ignored. If too many settings have to close down permanently this will have significant consequences for economic recovery once the lockdown ends.

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NMT Discussions: Policy pain points

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive, NDNA

NMT’s webinar series continued with a live event featuring Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of NDNA.

Purnima discussed the lobbying efforts of the NDNA and its main priorities during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as current Government policies, navigating through the regulations and where it has been falling short for early years providers.

During this difficult period of time it is vital that legislative requirements continue to be met and that Government guidance continues to support the sector. However, recent guidance from the DfE only brings about more uncertainty.

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NMT Discussions: How the Covid-19 response has unfolded so far

Carole Edmond, director, Glassmoon
June O’Sullivan, chief executive, The London Early Years Foundation
Arun Kanwar, partner, Cairneagle
Neil Leitch, chief executive, Early Years Alliance
Briony Richter, editor, Nursery Management Today
Sarah Steel, chief executive, The Old Station Nursery
The first NMT webinar discussion kicked off on Tuesday 14 April. This event featured a panel discussion on the impact that Covid-19 is having on the early years sector. Our panellists will discuss how the Government has responded to the virus and what that means for nurseries and early years providers, as well as the next steps to helping the sector overcome this crisis.
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