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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, […]

Retake: It’s Not Free And It’s Not 15 Hours

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The annual autumn statement saw the Chancellor promising a hike in staff wages and a drop in national insurance contributions. Whilst it got a large hooray from many, it has left the early years sector to deal with growing expenses without tax relief or help to make things more affordable. Here’s my take on it […]

Boom or Bust: The Critical Numbers In Your Childcare Business

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If you own a childcare business and don’t know your numbers, you’re doing yourself an injustice.  Your numbers are the key indicators that show how your nursery is doing, and whether you’re on track for a sustainable and successful future. It’s no good waiting for a yearly update from your accountant. By then it might […]

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 […]

Working With Babies – Is Your Nursery Hitting The Framework Requirements?

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Children develop incredibly quickly in the first two years of their lives. And that means that EYFS professionals working with babies (children under two years old) have a duty to ensure those little people thrive as they should. Though a vast percentage may not yet be able to talk to communicate their needs, responding to […]