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How To Communicate Your Vision Of Outstanding To Your Team, Parents & Ofsted

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As an early years provider, striving to hold and maintain an Ofsted outstanding rating takes hard work, dedication and patience. It’s no wonder it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. The great news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Your employees, children’s parents and external agencies can all support you to […]

School Readiness: Prepare Children For The Next Step

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School readiness in Early Years is about so much more for the children you care about than being able to write their names and read a book. You’ll know that already, and we don’t mean to sound condescending, but we also know (from first-hand experience) that providing an early years service is full-on. Planning, delivery […]

How To Support Children With English as an Additional Language

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The UK is incredibly diverse, and nurseries welcome children who speak languages from all over the world. We all know that starting nursery is a big step for little ones, but for those who don’t have English as their first language, it can be even more daunting. Not only are they surrounded by new people […]

How To Manage Costs During The Cost Of Living Crisis

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There’s no escaping the problems that the ongoing cost of living crisis is bringing to all aspects of our lives. You are probably watching with horror as your business bills increase, but your income stays the same. Though we cannot stop the inevitable increases, there are things you can do to reduce the impact of […]

7 Reasons Parents Are NOT Choosing Your Nursery

7 Reasons Parents Gave For NOT Choosing Your Nursery

Choosing a nursery is a huge decision for any parent. Especially if it’s for the first time. The pressure they will be feeling to ensure they make the right choice for their precious little one is huge. What if the staff are not good? What if it’s not safe and my child has an accident? […]

How to Make Your Nursery More Eco-Friendly

Make Your Nursery More Eco Friendly

The small steps you take now to help protect the planet, will benefit the children of today for years to come. Nurturing a child’s development is all about setting them up for a bright future, and what better way to enhance their future than by making your nursery more eco-friendly? Children learn a lot by […]

Are You Marketing The Real Benefits Of Your Early Years Setting?

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It can be a hard decision for a parent to send their child to a nursery or a childminder. Reminding yourself of all the wonderful benefits your early years setting can bring a child will help you to ease the indecision, hesitancy or guilt parents coming to you might be feeling. Your early years service […]

5 Reasons Your Staff Are Leaving & How To Keep Them

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There are no two ways about it. The Early Years sector is in crisis.  Staff retention in our sector continues to face extreme pressure, with practices experiencing a vicious circle of recruitment and stress with little relief.  So what can be done? When staff report feeling undervalued, undersupported and underpaid but there’s no money in […]

Should My Nursery Business Be A Limited Company Or A Sole Trader?

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One of the questions we are frequently asked here at MBK is, ‘Should I become a limited company or stay as a sole trader?’. It’s a complex question to answer succinctly, since it depends very much on your unique set of circumstances and the type of nursery business you run. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all […]

Will Ofsted Inspections Change?

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In July 2019 Ofsted published a Press Release which discussed their research into Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT’s) and came through with recommendations that they should be able to inspect MAT’s as a group provider rather than just the individual schools within the MAT. Amongst other things they recognised that schools were often influenced by the policies […]

All in the ‘schema’ things…

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Whilst schemas have been around as long as we have been studying child development their value in the role of children’s learning is still underrated. All practitioners working with children should have a good knowledge and understanding of the different ways in which children may learn. Developing our practitioner’s knowledge of schemas is crucial to […]