Purnima Tanuku OBE to chair Early Years Breakfast Summit
Following its popularity at previous events, the Early Years Breakfast Summit will be returning to this year’s Childcare Expo Midlands in September, where it has been announced that Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, will chair the summit.
Childcare Expo is the largest trade event for early years practitioners in the UK, which introduced the Early Years Breakfast Summit in 2013, and since then has successfully brought together leaders in early years to discuss current topics and challenges facing the sector.
Purnima Tanuku is a well-recognised voice in the industry, regularly negotiating with government ministers and local authorities, and having made several appearances on national television and radio in an attempt to raise public awareness and lobby for better support for nurseries and their children. At this year’s Early Years Breakfast Summit, Purnima will be giving an opening address before setting out the subjects of discussion for the day.
Previous summits have covered everything from funding, recruitment and Ofsted inspections, to the government’s “30 hours free” initiative - however the topics for this year’s summit will be decided closer to the event, to ensure that the issues discussed are as relevant and up-to-date as possible.
Attended by a number of leading childcare providers, the Early Years Breakfast Summit provides an opportunity for people from the sector to come together to network and share ideas, and discuss current issues and concerns, in an attempt to find potential solutions.
Additionally, Shadow Early Years Minister, Tracy Brabin MP has also been confirmed to give a keynote speech at Childcare Expo Midlands, and will be officially opening the show on Friday 28th September. Other special guests due to attend the event include former children’s TV presenter, Dave Benson Phillips, and Ben Faulks (also known as Mr Bloom from CBeebies), who will be teaching visitors how to play the ukulele in the new Health & Wellbeing Zone.