Case Confidential – Accommodating Holiday Requests

Childcare assistants to child ratios are essential to adhere to within a nursery environment; therefore it is critical that nursery managers and owners make resource planning an essential part of their role. Balancing the need for staff to take their holiday and accommodating other unexpected absences can make this difficult to achieve as a nursery…

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Next Generation Croner-i Early Years Toolkit

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…

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National Day Nurseries Association needs you #earlyyears

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched its third annual workforce survey and would like all early years providers to participate. Ahead of the General Election, NDNA wants feedback from those working in the early years sector on issues affecting them, such as staffing, financing and training. The Association needs respondents in order to…

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Can disciplinary action be taken for an employees behaviour at a works party?

The Case study below is based on a question asked due to an employee’s behaviour at a works party? Natasha, a Nursery Manager contacted the helpline to discuss Sam, a member of the team who had been with them for five years. Sam has been a good employee but had recently started acting very strangely….

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Some school and early years staff may be barred under new disqualification rules #earlyyears

In November 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirements – supplementary advice available from gov.uk. The guidance reminded schools that, as well as their other safeguarding children duties, they must also comply with additional requirements under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. This…

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Early years pupil premium roll-out begins #earlyyears

The early years pupil premium scheme has been kick-started in seven local authorities. Blackpool, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Hackney and Stoke-on-Trent have each received a share in £1 million with the hope of helping the most disadvantaged children in their areas to receive high-quality early education. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “This new…

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Separate registration for two-year-olds provision on the way out #earlyyears

The Government is putting in place legislation to remove the requirement with Ofsted that schools must register separately their early years provision for two-year-olds. Subject to the approval of Parliament, this should come into effect in September 2015. The aim is to make it easier for schools to offer early years provision for two-year-olds, whether…

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More joined-up help needed to “get it right” for families #earlyyears

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has published a new report claiming that families with young children are not receiving “joined-up” support from public services. Getting it Right for Families: A Review of Integrated Systems and Promising Practice in Early Years gives practical advice for local areas together with examples of how services can be integrated…

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Mum of abused boy says change the law

A mother whose toddler was sexually abused at a Douglas nursery has spoken for the first time about the family’s ordeal. And the woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has revealed how her son was denied access to counselling before his abuser was jailed. She has welcomed proposed changes to the criminal justice…

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Latest from Ofsted: “sustained improvement” #earlyyears

Ofsted has reported that most early years providers were judged “good” or “outstanding” at their most recent inspection. More than 83% of providers active on the Early Years Register at the end of August 2014 were awarded grades of either good or outstanding according to the most recent Ofsted statistics. This figure represents an increase…

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