Competitiveness in Early Years

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, 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 for dot2dot,…

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Ten tips for dealing with an underperforming employee

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…

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Report shows less money spent on early years #earlyyears

A new report has shown that “real spend” per child on early years, childcare and Sure Start dropped by a quarter between 2009 and 2013. The Coalition’s Record on the Under Fives: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 2010–2015, published by London School of Economics and the Universities of Manchester and York, shows a fall in spending…

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HR Case Confidential – How should we deal with a member of staff who is absent due to long-term sickness?

Croner’s team of HR advice line experts commonly receive questions from nurseries about what to do with a member of staff who is absent due to long-term  sickness. In one recent case, a Nursery Manager called the Employment Helpline asking for advice about one of their Room  Leaders who was absent from work due to…

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Risk Assessment , Latest Advice from dot2dot and Croner-I #earlyyears

As all nurseries are aware, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework requires early years providers to assess any risks to children’s safety. Providers need to regularly review their risk assessments, and they must also be able to demonstrate how they are managing risk if asked by parents/carers or inspectors. Why not take a…

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Administering Medicines. Have you reviewed your medicines administration policies recently? #earlyyears

Have you reviewed your medicines administration policies recently? What about the plans of care for any children receiving medicines in your provision? The Medicines topic on your Croner-i Early Years Management Toolkit for dot2dot has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Statutory Framework. Why not…

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