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24 April 2018

Join us tomorrow for our Childcare Twitter chat

We will be hosting a Twitter chat on Wednesday morning from 10am on the challenges facing small childcare providers, following on from the report we launched last week, Handle with Care: Challenges facing small childcare providers.

Our expert panelists will be answering questions on the impact of the Government’s 30 hour free entitlement, the barriers facing small firms from investing in training their staff, the role apprenticeships play in the sector and how to encourage more people to consider childcare as a career choice.

To follow the Twitter chat and join in the discussion, follow the #FSBChat hashtag from 10am tomorrow morning where the @fsb_policy page will be tweeting out the questions for our panel.

The line-up for our online discussion:

Tracy Brabin MP – Shadow Minister for Early Years Education


After an acting career that included roles on Coronation Street and Eastenders, Tracy was elected as the MP for Batley and Spen in October 2016. Following re-election at the 2017 general election, Tracy was promoted to Labour’s front bench as shadow Early Years minister. Since that appointment Tracy has been a vocal critic of current funding levels for childcare and early education policies as well as campaigning for Sure Start, high-quality childcare and improved rights for fostered children. 

Debbie Gunn - Owner and manager of D-Dee’s Day Nursery in Kent


Debbie has worked in the early years sector for 30 years and owned D-Dee’s for twenty two years. She joined the leadership team of the Champagne Nurseries Lemonade Funding (CNLF) campaign in February last year. CNLF has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the childcare sector.

Claire Kenyon - Director of The Children's Garden Day Nursery

Ruby Peacock – Deputy Head of Public Affairs at Federation of Small Businesses


Ruby co-authored FSB’s latest report on the challenges facing small childcare providers in England.

Stella Ziolkowski - Director of Quality and Workforce Development at National Day Nurseries Association


Stella heads up the workforce development and training provision at NDNA and works to ensure that all accredited and non-accredited training meets the needs of members. Stella has been instrumental in the growth of NDNA’s quality assurance programme, relaunched as e-Quality Counts in 2008. Stella represents the views of members on workforce development issues and has a strong history in supporting adults to achieve learning and development goals.