Ceeing the point of CCTV in Nursery?

Our latest editorial published in the NMT Magazine reviews recent court cases involving CCTV and looks at the pros and cons of installing it in your nursery.  Please click below to read further and download your pdf copy. If you would like to discuss any of the points in this article or let us know your views on…

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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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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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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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Councils struggling to deliver on flagship nursery care policy

Councils are struggling to deliver a flagship policy to provide free nursery care to vulnerable two-year-olds because of a shortage of nursery places, a new survey shows. Under the Scottish Government policy local authorities were expected to offer 600 hours of childcare to two-year-olds from workless households by August this year. However, a survey by…

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