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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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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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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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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Countdown to Number Day for the NSPCC #earlyyears

The NSPCC’s Number Day is back and making it count for children on 5 December 2014, encouraging and celebrating learning through maths whilst raising money to end cruelty to children across the UK. Number Day helps primary and secondary school teachers deliver inspiring and interactive maths lessons alongside fundraising activities. Some of the resources have…

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Early years provision in schools gets own Ofsted grading #earlyyears

From September this year early years providers in schools will be graded separately by Ofsted. Ofsted has confirmed it will award one grade to providers of early years and reception classes in a primary school and then consider a separate grade for the school overall. However, a poorly graded early years provision may affect the…

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Fab testimonial from Stephen Webb! Director at Safety Assured Limited aka @FingerProtector

There are many companies that purport to be corporately responsible because it looks good to be seen as responsible. In reality I have found most fail to live up to their claims. My company culture and ethic is in everyway different because it is based upon providing only genuine fit for purpose safety products, solutions…

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Great Testimonial from Paul Emery, Head of Community and Social Organisations @ZurichInsUK

Zurich Insurance is one of the leading insurers operating in the UK and the key market provider in underwriting schools, local authorities and community care business. We have worked in partnership with dot 2 dot in the nursery sector since 2007 during which time we have built a strong, honest and effective working relationship. Jackie…

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Summer Fun

As the weather starts to improve, we know that thoughts naturally turn to summer trips, fetes and carnivals or you may be considering an open day. However, don’t forget in all the excitement to think about your insurances. Days Out Regardless of whether you are taking the children on an organised trip to an attraction…

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