Employees have a legal right to be absent from work for things such as annual leave and maternity leave. If they have an unauthorised absence, what should you do? Below are some key tips on how to handle some of the most common absence scenarios. Unauthorised Absence: When the employee does not turn up to…Continue reading "How to Manage Unauthorised Absences"
Several nursery group owners mentioned to me that dot2dot Insurance offers a very good service. Although we had been with our existing insurance provider for 16 years and we were happy with their service, we thought it was essential to meet Jackie at dot2dot to see for ourselves. We found that dot2dot Insurance have a…Continue reading "dot2dot Testimonial from Portico Nursery Group"
Croner have collated advice on how to look after children and staff during the heatwave. You can read the advice from Public Health England and the MET Office outlined below including tips for Early Years managers and how to spot heatstroke and heat exhaustion in children and staff. Public Health England Plans & MET Office Heatwave…Continue reading "Advice for looking after children & staff during the heatwave"
How can you deal with a ‘whistleblower’ working in your employment? Is it right to dismiss them for disclosing information about other members of staff? Croner-i can help… Workers who make ‘Protected Disclosures’, otherwise known as ‘Whistleblowing’, are protected from dismissal and/or suffering a detriment by the employer because they made a disclosure. However, for…Continue reading "How can you deal with a ‘whistleblower’ working in your employment?"
Image courtesy of www.socialeurope.eu With the upcoming referendum, where British voters will decide if the UK is to remain part of the EU or to leave the EU threw up a couple of questions for us here at dot2dot nursery insurance. We thought it best to try…Continue reading "What might Brexit mean for Health & Safety in the Nursery?"
Living wage adds to payroll problems The age range of employees in nursery settings varies greatly, and with the introduction of the new National Living Wage at the beginning of April, it adds up to a huge headache for nursery owners and managers. Add this with higher minimum wage penalties and a focus on the…Continue reading "Guide to the National Living Wage for your Nursery"
What would you do if you were inviting an employee to a gross misconduct meeting and they asked for a friend to come along to help? That’s exactly the situation a nursery manager found themselves in recently. The facts Claire was a cleaner employed by the nursery to carry out her work after the nursery…Continue reading "Gross misconduct meeting and bringing a friend"
It isn’t the winning that’s important Or is it? Over the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion in the media around competition and competitiveness, especially in schools. Some have gone as far as recommending that all schools sports should be non-competitive. This week’s feature article on the Croner-i Early years Toolkit…Continue reading "Competitiveness in Early Years"
Every manager hopes that all employees will perform satisfactorily in their roles 100% all the time, but there will be occasions when performance falls below an acceptable standard. Early action is the best policy, rather than waiting and hoping that things will improve. They rarely do, and delay just makes subsequent interventions more difficult. Val…Continue reading "Ten tips for dealing with an underperforming employee"
Next Generation Croner-i All dot2dot clients now have access to a new version of Croner-i Early Years Toolkit. You will continue to have access to the same great content, but there will be a new look and feel to the site. In addition Croner has improved the search functionality so that you can get to the…Continue reading "Next Generation Croner-i Early Years Toolkit"