Government Speeches

I'd be the first person to admit that listening to people who work in the government speak is relatively low on the list of things I like to spend my time doing.  However, last week gave us some exceptions with two speeches with at least some impact on the world of Early Years. The first of these speeches was by Ofsted's Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, and gave us some interesting insights on the future of Early Years.  You can read the whole … [Read more...]

Do Schools Listen to YOU?

We have been working with schools a lot recently (mostly because of this product) and the question I wanted to get an answer to above all else was: "Nurseries spend a lot of time on each child's learning journey and report, yet they feel like the reception teacher doesn't always read them, why is this?" I asked quite a few reception teachers, and I went in with a the idea that somehow schools were letting Early Years practitioners down by not … [Read more...]

The EYFSP Data for 2017 is here…

The 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) data has been released for 2017, you can find it here.  These are the top 4 most interesting findings (according to me)... 1. More children are achieving ‘good’ development In 2017, 70.7 per cent of children achieved what the government deems to be a “good level of development”, up from 69.3 per cent last year.  This continues the upward trend of the last 5 years.   2. Girls … [Read more...]

Heading Home!

We're just doing the final packing and heading home from Childcare Expo Midlands 2017.  Our legs are very tired, but we had a fantastic time, and although the hall is still a hive of activity (as everyone frantically packs up to head home) it is quiet without the constant stream of interesting people we have had coming to the stand over the last two days. We always enjoy meeting everyone working in Early Years, and this show was no exception! … [Read more...]

Childcare Expo Midlands 2017

What a fantastic first day!  We've already been here for a few hours and it has started to get busy. Our help with the Foundation Focus products was really worth it as they are proving very popular on the stand.  If you haven't come over to the stand yet, or you're not at the show until tomorrow, then we are at stand C23 and look forward to you seeing you! I haven't had much chance to wander around the Childcare Expo just yet, but everyone who … [Read more...]

We’ve just arrived at Childcare Expo Midlands 2017

Just a really quick post today, as we are at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry working hard to get our stand set up and ready for Childcare Expo Midlands 2017!  We just arrived and the hall is buzzing as everyone brings in the contents of their stand.  There is definitely some excitement building for the opening tomorrow! No pictures of the stand today, as we don't want to spoil the surprise, but a quick reminder that we can be found on stand C23.  … [Read more...]

Childcare Expo Midlands 2017

The last couple of weeks we have started preparation in earnest for our next conference - Childcare Expo Midlands 2017! This included learning how to properly box a tablecloth - if you're not sure how to do that (or, like me, what it even is) then you should absolutely stop by our stand to see (and probably laugh at) my efforts! We're always excited about a conference, but having one on our own doorstep is always the highlight of the year. … [Read more...]

Closed for Staff Training?

Many nurseries are starting to run training days for their staff teams.  The opportunity to get staff together at a time when they are not already tired from a day at work, is both a positive team building exercise but also a fantastic time to introduce new practice to the nursery.  However, in order to have all staff present you have two choices: run the training on a Saturday (or in the holidays) or close the nursery for a day.  Which of these … [Read more...]

Which First Aid is Right for Me?

As a Paediatric First Aid trainer, I get asked a lot of questions.  Sometimes the questions are easy "Can I let a child sleep after a head injury", sometimes hard "How should we store asthma inhalers in the nursery to allow them to be accessible but also prevent theft?", and sometimes just weird "Why do children with food stuck up their nose smell?".  I often get asked about what First Aid training courses people actually need to attend, in fact … [Read more...]

Fundamental British Values Revisited

Almost two whole years ago Jo wrote this article about Fundamental British Values, it remains the most read post on our website.  Despite the time passing, understanding and guidance of this subject are clearly still lacking.  With the recent events across the country and politicians using British Values in their election campaigns, we thought it might be a good time to look again at just what we need to be doing. Fundamental British Values … [Read more...]