Sixty Second Interview with Naomi Eisenstadt
By Amy Taylor
What do you anticipate being the main policy and practice issues you will be dealing with in your new job in the first six months?
I do anticipate more voluntary sector involvement, and indeed, more social enterprise and private sector involvement. In childcare we already have a very vibrant private sector market. We want to make sure that as local authorities get to grips with requirements in the Childcare Bill, involvement of the private and voluntary sectors increases. I hope that local authorities and primary care trustsworking together on children’s trusts will be commissioning an increasingly wide range of children’s services from all sectors.
I am really looking forward to branching out. In my previous jobs both at Save the Children and FSU I had involvement in other children’s services, but I have so much to catch up on and new stuff to learn. I am particularly interested in how we take some of the learning about joined up services in the early years, into integrated services for older children and young people, and how we balance children’s emerging need for independence and support for parents.
If you mean in children’s services, I have to say my first love is still nursery or reception class teaching. If I had my choice of any profession, I’d love to be a film critic or a chef, but both involve very unsocial hours.
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