ELG’s Pilot – What are other’s thoughts

As you know there is a draft document of the Statutory Framework published and being piloted in 25 schools. Tricia has been reading around what others have been saying on this and you can see her thoughts here. … [Read more...]

STEM – What’s it all about?

I've been very excited recently as something important to me has started turning up in Early Years.  And by turning up, I mean I have started to see the term used in Ofsted reports and Early Years publications.  So what is it? (You should be able to guess from the blog title!) STEM in Early Years Settings STEM is simply an abbreviation for four subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  It's a term that has been used in schools for … [Read more...]

Blended Learning in Paediatric First Aid

Update: 24th April 2018 Since we wrote and published this blog, the HSE have changed the document that is referenced in the EYFS.  The new document states that blended learning is an accepted method of training for workplace first aid.  You can view the new version on the same link below, or here.  Point 24 is the one of interest. This is obviously a fundamental change to their policy, and one that may cause us to change our position on … [Read more...]

Supervisions – What’s in them? Part 4

So we are already on to the 4th and final part of our series of blogs about the content that we believe should be included in a supervision, you can find the previous articles here, here and here. If you have read the previous posts, then jump right in below, but if this is your first one, then here is what you have missed... Including moderation allows you to make sure that staff are all looking for the same things and that children continue … [Read more...]

Supervisions – What’s in them? Part 3

Last year (Happy New Year everyone), I started a series of articles about the different subjects that should be covered during a supervision, you can find the previous articles here and here.  Information about what should be included in a supervision doesn't seem to be forthcoming from any of the usual sources, and that means settings are all doing it a bit differently.  We thought it was about time to get some alignment. This time, I will be … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

We just wanted to take this time to thank you all for your custom this year and we look forward to working with you again in 2018. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! From the MBK Team x … [Read more...]

Supervisions – What’s in them? Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I started writing about the different subjects that should be covered during a supervision, you can find the article here.  This information doesn't seem to be forthcoming from any of the usual sources, and that means settings are all doing it a bit differently. This week, I will be discussing why I think safeguarding should be a big part of a supervision.  This is a slightly more obvious topic than last time, so I think … [Read more...]

Early Years: Will we get our £770,000,000 back?

So, on reading this article in Nursery World which informs us that there is a massive 93% underspend on the Tax Free Childcare Accounts - which ultimately forms part of the £6 billion investment in early years funding for education & childcare I can't help but ask:  Will we see this money come back into the sector through increased funding rates?  I suspect I know the answer will be NO, but perhaps we should be asking those that advocate our … [Read more...]

Supervisions – What’s in them? Part 1

It still amazes me that there isn't more guidance about supervisions in Early Years.  Supervisions are an important part of what we do, yet they still seem to be done differently in every setting I go in to.  Surely this can't be the way it should be! Over the next few weeks I'm going to run down all the areas I think are important to include in supervisions and dicuss why.  This isn't a top 5 list or anything like that, everything is … [Read more...]

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...]