Thought, policy and practice for everyone in early help, children's centres and linked services.

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About Us


Children’s Centre Leader (CCL) is a registered charity supporting those working or volunteering in early intervention, children’s centres and linked services. Our aim is improve provision for disadvantaged children and families, ensuring positive outcomes and increased social mobility.

We run action research projects and conferences and publish a free online quarterly journal. We work with partners in the public, maintained, private, voluntary and charitable sectors.

CCL’s objectives include:

• Promoting education

• Promoting parental involvement in children’s centres

• Promoting health, wellbeing and safety in children’s centres

• Providing services to support children’s centre leaders, children, families and carers who access services

• Supporting and educating those in poverty or suffering economic or social disadvantage

Children’s Centre Leader occupies a unique position, being the only charity of its type acting as a voice for leaders in children’s centres, early intervention projects and linked services.

Our trustees:

James Hempsall OBE: James has worked in the sector for nearly 30 years. His career has been spent supporting organisations to develop high quality and sustainable childcare, and supporting families to break the cycles and symptoms of disadvantage and poverty.

James was the National Support Director of the DfE Achieving Two Year Olds national support programme for the implementation of early learning for the least advantaged two-year-olds (2012-2016). In addition to being Director of Hempsall’s, James is currently:

• National Programme Director – Childcare Works, the DfE national support programme for 30-hours of free childcare

• Associate Analyst for DfE.

Jo Chapman: Jo is an experienced office manager and administrator. She is responsible for business activities and supervision of administration. Jo contributes to continuous improvement and development of processes and procedure and leads the commitment to a systems approach, benefiting internal and external service delivery.

Ros Moseley: Ros is a former childcare practitioner and is an experienced development officer, specialising in working with early years and childcare businesses. Ros’ work includes the provision of advice and support to early years and childcare settings, including business planning, financial forecasting, funding applications, development of out of school childcare, and Ofsted requirements.