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Supporting Your Team Members Through Menopause:
A Nursery Manager's Guide The menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life, typically occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. While it's a significant life transition, it often comes with a set of challenges, both physical and emotional, that can affect a woman's well-being and work performance. ...
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Fostering Trust and Accountability: The Importance of Whistleblowing and Leaders Taking Staff Concerns Seriously
The recent horrific Lucy Letby case has opened an enquiry into why staff concerns were not taken seriously, and whether the lives of some of those babies may have been saved if things were done differently. In this blog, we explore the importance of trust and accountability, particularly with whistl...
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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 updates/changes blog
As we approach the start of a new academic year, you’re likely aware that the Department for Education has recently released the draft of its new statutory guidance for Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023. Whilst the 2022 guidance is currently in force, the new guidance will be ...
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Unleashing Intrapreneurship in Early Years Settings: Fostering Innovation and Empowerment
Intrapreneurship, a concept commonly associated with the corporate world, is increasingly being recognised as a valuable mindset and practice within various industries. While it’s roots lie in business, intrapreneurship can be adapted and embraced in diverse settings, including early years educati...
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The Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Effective Leadership in Early Years
In today's rapidly evolving world, being a leader is no easy task, and leading an early years setting can be enjoyable and challenging in equal measure.  Early years leadership requires a unique set of skills, knowledge, and adaptability, and often we see a gap in these skills when great practi...
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Social development in the wake of the pandemic
All this time on from the start of the pandemic and young children’s social development skills remain impacted. As early years leaders we need to keep this in the forefront of our teams' minds when they are planning activities and creating resources, or developing areas of provision. Embedding the...
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The importance of parents in the early years
‘Family is the first school for young children, and parents are powerful models’ Alice Sterling Honig The United Nations made 1st June Global Parents Day, to recognise ‘the selfless commitment that parents make to their children and their lifelong sacrifice to nurturing this relationship’. P...
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Encouraging healthy eating in the early years
In this article, Becky Haynes, Codsall Community Nursery Manager and Early Years Specialist for The Early Years Company, discusses how she encourages healthy eating in her nursery. Providing a child with a healthy balanced diet is vital for their development. It can help with their overall fitness, ...
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Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace
Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities Day and I wanted to write this post, to share my experience of having what is termed a ‘hidden disability’.  The thing is with hidden disabilities, is that, well, they are hidden, so you cannot always tell if someone has a disability o...
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Not all classrooms have four walls… is your setting Spring ready?
Spring has sprung… but has your team sprung into action? Over the winter months, although we are keen to keep our outdoor learning environment engaging and inviting, there are probably less children wanting to spend an extended amount of time out there. However, the days are now getting warmer and...
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