24 May 2019
Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Venue: Graduate Centre, GC101, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
This seminar will discuss 'the story of Sure Start, one of the flagship programmes of the last government...how Sure Start was set up, the numerous changes it went through, and how it has changed the landscape of services for all young children in England. Offering insight into the key debates on services for young children, as well as how decisions are made in a highly political context, the seminar will be of keen interest to policy academics, senior managers of public services and all those with a keen interest in developing services for young children'.
Naomi Eisenstadt CB has been active in policy and practice in the field of early years for over thirty years. After spending several years working first in nurseries and then in management positions in children's charities, in 1999 she became the first director of the Sure Start Unit. Her portfolio grew over seven years to include early education, childcare, parenting policy, and extended schools. She then spent a year as the Secretary of State's Chief Adviser on Children's Services. Her last three years before leaving the civil service were as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. Her key interests are in family and youth policy, particularly child poverty and service provisions for children. She is currently Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.