Recruitment of staff can be a time consuming activity; finding the right person with the relevant experience and qualifications who will fit in with the rest of your team can take time. It is also important to get the administration aspects of this completed in a timely matter, as one nursery manager found out to…Continue reading "Case Confidential – Recruitment"
A Mum told how her toddler son was left blind and deaf by an attack of E.coli. Lucy Cox said little Bo, three, has to feed through a tube since he was floored by the bug. He has had 19 operations and needs dialysis treatment four times a week after he caught the infection at…Continue reading "Mum's Agony for Blind Toddler"
Forthcoming legislation is expected to remove the requirement that schools register early years provision for two-year-olds separately with Ofsted. It is anticipated that, subject to the approval of parliament, this will come into effect in September 2015. In an open letter on reforms, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education Sam Gyimah said:…Continue reading "Separate registration for two-year-olds to discontinue #earlyyears"
Ofsted has published a handbook offering guidance to prospective childminder agencies, on registration applications and regulation. Childminder agencies can start operating as of yesterday. As well as for providers, the handbook provides guidance for inspectors, setting out legal background, enforcement and extent of power. Ofsted has promised to publish more information about the inspection of…Continue reading "Childminder agencies get a handbook … and the go-ahead #earlyyears"
The Citizens Advice service says self-employed parents or those in jobs with “irregular hours” have a hard time finding high-quality childcare. In its report, The Practicalities of Childcare: An Overlooked Part of the Puzzle, surveying 400 childcare providers across the country, it found that provisions rated as outstanding and good require more notice to change…Continue reading "Citizens Advice reports on lack of quality childcare for low earners #earlyyears"
A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests that universal childcare could be made available for all parents. No More Baby Steps: A Strategy for Revolutionising Childcare makes recommendations that include extending the two-year-old offer to all families and increasing funding places for three-and four-year-olds from 38 to 48 weeks per year….Continue reading "No More Baby Steps: A Strategy for Revolutionising Childcare #earlyyears"
Customer Satisfaction Survey Each year we distribute a customer satisfaction survey with our annual wall-planner. I was delighted with both the number of responses received and the feedback provided and wanted to share the results with you. Overall Satisfaction 97% of the respondents were very satisfied with the service we provide and 94% are very…Continue reading "Our Customer Satisfaction Survey Results are Great! 97% Very Satisfied! Thanks! #earlyyears #insurance"