The practicalities of reopening – free webinar #StrongerTogether

Following the announcement last week that settings can reopen from June 1st (pending the final decision on May 28th), we sent out a survey to our childminders and nurseries gauging their response and reaction to this, as well as how they are preparing for it so we can share best-practice across our sector in these difficult and challenging times. Following the staggering results we’ve had from this survey, we have scheduled this free webinar about the practicalities of reopening, with special guests from across the sector including Cary Rankin from Bertram Nursery Group, David Wright from Paint Pots Nurseries, June O’ Sullivan from LEYF & Linda Baston Pitt from PurpleBee Learning. We’ve already had over 200 participants register!

We’ll be discussing the survey that was sent out last week – drawing back the curtain on some of the challenges we are facing for reopening and the concerns around this for childminders, after school clubs and nurseries. We’ll also be covering:


  • Managing the emotional and physical well being of staff and children during the transition
  • A realistic approach to pedagogy
  • Parental Communication post lockdown
  • Managing staff rotas, occupancy and ratios





Meet The Panel

June O’Sullivan

CEO, London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), is a social enterprise which currently runs 38 nurseries across eleven London boroughs.


June is an inspiring speaker, author and regular media commenter on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in an increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past ten years.


Cary Rankin

CEO, Bertram Nursery Group

Bertram Nursery Group Ltd operates multiple nurseries and a growing number of out of school care centres, meeting the needs of local families, communities and businesses across the United Kingdom.


Cary Rankin, is a professional senior operator with extensive experience working within the care and education sectors. Cary is articulate and engaging, genuine and honest, with an incisive approach to being a key influencer. Cary has strong leadership qualities and a ‘performance through people’ ethos.


David Wright

Owner, Paint Pots Nurseries

Paint Pots Preschool & Nursery operates full day and sessional child care and early years education at several settings across Southampton, UK.

David Wright, co-owner of Paint Pots Nurseries in Southampton, has been appointed England’s national representative for the World Forum Foundation on Early Care and Education. Mr Wright is a qualified early years teacher who co-founded Paint Pots Nurseries with his wife, Anna, in 1993. An active campaigner for Men in Childcare, he currently serves as an adviser to the Government on gender diversity in the workforce and to the National Association of Head Teachers on early years practice.


Linda Baston-pitt

CEO of Purple Bee Learning

Co-founder of the PANCo qualification

Linda is well known in the Early Years sector for her pioneering work in health and wellbeing. Former nursery owner Linda Baston-Pitt is expanding her award-winning well-being training programmes nationwide.


Linda is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working across health and education sectors. Skilled in EdTech-e- Learning development, Early Childhood Education and Curriculum Development.

Just to recap: Department for Education has made clear to PACEY here that:

If you are a childminder that is already open and currently caring for children of key workers or vulnerable children, you can stay open and continue caring for these children. However, you should not take on any more new non-eligible children.

If you are not currently open at all, you could now open for a child or children from ONE other household, providing it is in line with current guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading infection.

It is up to you as an individual to decide whether you want to open now or take time to prepare to open to all children from 1 June. This is all with the continued provison that the final decision on whether childcare settings and schools can reopen will be taken on 28 May and is dependent on the rate of COVID-19 infections continuing to decline at the current rate.