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Meeting the Brain-Building Needs in the Baby Room and Beyond

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The human brain is an amazing organ. Research into how the brain works is very new.  Thanks to new technologies we are continually learning more and more about it and that knowledge can be transformational to our nursery practice. The brain contains over 100 billion neurons, each of which can connect to over 7,000 other […]

Using Nursery Software to Smooth Your Finance and Funding Friction

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Whether you’re in England and dealing with April’s new funding changes, or you’re a setting in the rest of the UK exploring how funding works for you, it can be a lot to get your head around. You might be working on paper, or spreadsheets with clever formulas, but both of these can become easily […]

School Readiness: Enabling a Positive Transition for All Children

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As we approach the end of this school year and we consider our children who will be making the transition to primary school, the topic of school readiness has again become a keen focus for many parents and practitioners.  The concept of school readiness, however, is not uniform across the board. Parents and early years […]

Fostering a Welcoming Environment for Male Educators

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Imagine you’re visiting a vibrant nursery bustling with the laughter and chatter of children. As you walk through, you notice that all the educators, both men and women, interact with the children with equal enthusiasm and skill. But this scene is far from common. In reality, nurseries across the UK see a  stark underrepresentation of male educators, […]

From Meetings to Morale: The Importance of Communication in Early Years

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For all early years settings, success hinges on the strength and cohesion of our team. While in the current climate, recruitment itself can be a hugely challenging and stressful process, the journey doesn’t end once you’ve managed to onboard those wonderful new team members. Effective communication is the key to fostering alignment, a shared understanding, […]

How to Navigate the Shift from Practitioner to Manager

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Building self confidence as a leader Thinking about progressing into a management role? New to leadership and looking for advice and tips to make the transition as successful as possible?  This blog is for you and will outline some helpful strategies to guide you through the process. Stepping into a leadership role in Early Years […]

Growing Strong: How Gardening Benefits Early Childhood Development

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The routines established during childhood frequently influence an individual’s lifestyle and behavioural tendencies in later life. Engaging in gardening activities such as growing fruits and vegetables presents a distinct opportunity to foster enduring, beneficial habits concerning nutrition, mental health, physical activity, mindfulness, and environmental consciousness in our children.   Gardening with children provides a unique […]

Ofsted’s Evolving Approach to Early Years Inspections: a closer look

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Change can be unsettling, but it can also be the catalyst for positive transformation. In the early years sector, a shift appears to be underway as Ofsted introduces more updates to its Early Years Inspection Handbook, effective from January 19, 2024. These changes have been prompted by the tragedy surrounding Ruth Perry, do they signal […]

Key Policy Changes Early Years Providers Need To Make In 2024

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As 2023 ushered in crucial changes in early years legislation, it’s vital that, as an early years provider, you revisit your policies. The updated regulations and guidance, surrounding areas such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Prevent Duty, require us to have a proactive approach to get things right not only from a […]

How Early Years Inspections Have Changed Since 2019

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With the latest amendments coming into force in January of 2024, we’ve seen many changes to the Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook over the years. In this blog, we travel back to September 2019 to discover what these differences look like and what you can expect.  The Learning Walk With every Ofsted inspection comes a […]

Nurturing A Brighter Future For Your Nursery In 2024

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The horizon of 2024 is shining bright, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year that was and make plans for the year to come. Last year we wrote a blog that outlined a simple 5-point strategy for 2023. Now we’re curious to find out how it went. Did the year go as […]