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Impossible targets and realistic solutions How LEYF has used partnership to promote lifelong learning and make a better future for London children. Mine.

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1 Impossible targets and realistic solutions How LEYF has used partnership to promote lifelong learning and make a better future for London children. Mine Conkbayir, Senior Programme Manager Apprenticeships

2 About us… Established in nurseries Over 1177 children Over 240 staff Socially and economically inclusive 95% staff at level 3 – ever-growing!

3 The power of social capital Putnam (2000: 296) says that social capital is second only to poverty in the breadth and depth of its affect on childrens lives. According to him …Child development is powerfully shaped by social capital…trust, networks and norms of reciprocity within a childs family, school, peer groups and larger community have wide ranging effects on the childs opportunities and choices and, hence behaviour and development.

4 Overview of ambitious provision at LEYF What we offerIn partnership with Work experience placementsKids Company Training for parents in the community Sure Start Childrens Centres NVQ (Level 2) in Child CareA Moveable Feast CCCLD Apprenticeship Programme (Level 3) Social Enterprise London (SEL) Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University MPQ ICL (Masters level)London Metropolitan University

5 A local childcare service – across London Strong community roots, more able to reach the vulnerable Local involvement through volunteering Flexible, innovative and responsive to filling gaps History of multi-agency partnerships Training and qualifications – five year plan for growth Local employment Intergenerational programmes Stitch n Bitch, Knit n Nag, Pimp my Ride LEYFS Social Enterprise Offer:

6 Partnership is the key to success Partnership within and across professions and organisations Creation of local jobs and education, and improved quality services for children and their families Improved outcomes for children and their parents in the community and wider society

7 Lets go forward Empower the community by encouraging participation (as opposed to treating those most vulnerable as the problem) Generate action-research from within the nurseries, enabling practice-based theories to be the basis of good practice Continue to attend regional, national and international research conferences - European Early Childhood Education Research Association proved insightful Network! Build and nurture partnerships with key players – its crucial to success for you, children and their families

8 LEYFs ethos: Leading Enterprises for Young Futures

9 Working with City and Islington College Partnership Listened to what we wanted Discussed issues Relationships Open minded to other ways of working More support for students

10 What we developed 1 full study day release per week 1 evening lecture Regular updates with tutor team Onsite library / Core texts supplied Delivered in their workplace Learning contracts for all students Celebration of achievement at end of each term An organisation thats proud of their learning Because everybody matters!

11 Our recipe for success Excellent attendance Positive feedback from students Learning evident Workplace mentors Students are more confident Over 20% of the workforce are now studying towards a Degree Transfer of learning to the workplace – staff proud that they now use theory confidently to inform their practice

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