This webinar will bring together a panel to take stock of the challenges for providers when it comes to meeting the extension of the 30 subsidised hours for all children by September 2025.

With many parents already claiming their 15 hours for two-year-olds, it provides a timely opportunity to assess both the current and long term impact of the extended offer on the sector.

Themes for discussion:
• Expanding capacity: Gauging the scale of new openings and existing expansions
• Meeting parent demand: Taking a look at the booking trends on the ground
• Making the funded hours pay: Whether charging for consumables is the only way to remain sustainable
•Managing administration: Exploring the operational demands of keeping on top of occupancy and funded hours, how to reduce time spent on it, and what the potential pitfalls are

About Funding Loop
Funding Loop automates the process of collecting and verifying Government Funding Forms. Parents can take pictures of any required documents on their mobile and the software will even type it all into the council portal for you. Voted Supplier of the Year 2023 by nursery owners!
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    Neil Leitch
    Early Years Alliance
    Neil has been CEO of this leading membership organisation since 2008 and is a recipient of Nursery World’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has fronted numerous sector campaigns on fair funding and staff mental health, and frequently speaks on radio and television.
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    Neil Dudman
    Naturally Curious Childcare
    Neil owns five day nurseries in Hampshire and has many years’ experience of business systems, nursery valuations, nursery sales, marketing systems and, most importantly, of creating settings with happy staff and happy children. He also provides bespoke coaching and training.
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    Khayam Ezzat
    Funding Loop
    Khayam is co-founder of Funding Loop and owner of Abeona nursery in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
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    Clare Roberts
    Kids Planet
    Clare is CEO and founder of Kids Planet, which she founded in 2008, having noticed a lack of high quality, flexible childcare for working parents.
    Clare was Barclays Female Entrepreneur in 2017 and the business has been awarded numerous awards at The Nursery World and NMT national events.
    Clare received an OBE in 2022 for her commitment and dedication to the Early Years Sector over the years.
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    Karen Faux
    Nursery World
    Karen has been editor of Nursery World since 2021 and in addition to managing the magazine and website, is also involved in associated events such as the Nursery World Awards, conferences and Exchange events.