Nursery Management Today webinars

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


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

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.

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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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Will Orr-Ewing, founder and director, Keystone Tutors
Martin Stephen, educational consultant and former high master of St Paul’s School

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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.

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