Creating a Vibrant Governance and Business Model in the Community, Social Enterprise and Early Years Care & Education Sector in Waterford on 6 October
A conference to be held on Thursday 6 October in Waterford will hear how financiallly viable high quality community childcare in Waterford can be achieved.
June O’Sullivan, CEO, The London Early Years Foundation which runs 38 services in 11 London boroughs supporting 4,500 children and their parents is the keynotes speaker.
She will discuss how crucial governance is in the delivery of a financially viable childcare social enterprise that can ensure high quality community childcare, which invests in employment locally and supports staff and apprentices and which builds multigenerational community connections and social capital.
The conference is being hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in collaboration with Waterford Social Enterprise Network and Waterford Childcare Committee.
“There are over 40 community based childcare services in Waterford which are managed by voluntary boards of management and largely funded through government programmes. Due to the level of government investment and challenges for voluntary boards to maintain a strong governance structure, services are struggling to remain sustainable and to recruit volunteers to take the level of responsibility involved,” explains Rose Murphy, CEO of Waterford Childcare Committee.
“This conference has been designed to meet the needs of board members, directors, CEOs and managers of community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and community based early year’s services,” says Jacqui Quinn, WIT Programme co-ordinator of Early Childhood Studies at WIT.
WIT recently collaborated with Waterford Childcare Committee and Waterford Chamber Skillnet to bring a new one year Level 8 Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Studies on stream. The programme stemmed from a direct need for local private childcare providers.
“As only 15% of the early years workforce hold a level 7 /8 degree (POBAL 2015), the H.Dip being offered is both exciting and timely, and will provide practitioners an opportunity to further develop their skills and competencies , a critical factor in influencing children's development and learning in a positive way,” said Quinn.
Through expert presentations, practical workshops and discussion this conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to grow their knowledge, skills and understanding of how to develop and maintain a vibrant and sustainable governance and business model in the community, social enterprise and early years care and education sectors.