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...]

What does Safeguarding mean in Inspection? An (ex) Inspectors insight…

There is nothing more important to the childcare industry than safeguarding.  Here are the things that inspectors will be looking for: Safeguarding means keeping children safe. This is divided into two clear parts, risks in the environment in which children play and learn and risks of abuse that may occur wherever children live and learn. Risks in the environment are found outside and indoors. Risks are not objects. Some risk assessments I … [Read more...]

How good is your Marketing? Nick Williams helps us nail it!

First of all, I just want to congratulate you on choosing to work in such a great industry. Because you did, you are helping parents in a huge way by providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment for their child to grow to become confident, clever children; whilst dealing with all the stresses and strains that running your own business can bring. So again, I just want to congratulate you and tell you well done for doing such a great … [Read more...]

Ofsted Big Conversation West Midlands Open Meeting

We've had a great time at the Coventry Childcare Expo but there's no time to stand still as we're proud to be supporting & exhibiting once again at the Ofsted Big Conversation in Wolverhampton on 13th October. Have you ever wanted to just ask Ofsted a question, but not had the opportunity outside of the inspection process? Perhaps you've heard differing interpretations over aspects of the Statutory Guidance and want something clarified? - … [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...]

Plan a School Trip that Works for Everyone

The start of a new academic year means starting to plan the year’s school trips for many. This can be a daunting prospect, especially when the group includes children with SEND. I recently wrote an article for SENCO Magazine, which I hope will help many teachers faced with organising such outings, to plan and execute their visits efficiently and effectively. I have listed my top tips, which include: Researching and choosing your … [Read more...]