Everyone likes a little bit of praise, and Ofsted changed the record this month with news that Early Years settings are better than ever.
85% of settings being good or outstanding is an excellent result that puts us on an even footing with primary schools. Pats on the back all round people.
There is still work to be done though… full story here.
Missed last month’s insights? Click here to catch up with the latest wranglings on Early Years funding, Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework and to see just how disruptive settling in sessions at a new school can be for families.
Fundamental British Values
Are you struggling to work out how to include fundamental British values into your Early Years provision? Jo put together a few words to show you just how easy it can be. If that’s not enough, how about all the values mapped to Development Matters! We also made exactly that, so head on over to download it for free!
Inspiration of the Month:
We found some excellent ideas on facebook this month, with lots of groups sharing ideas around it’s the new place to be! Here are two of our favourite groups; Early Years Managers and keeping early years unique.
In particular we loved this idea of making your own sensory board, my favourite is the door knocker… might get old quick though!
Qualifications? What Qualifications?
Lots of confusion over the last few months about what grades you needed to start early years qualifications. Well, it looks like there is some light at the end of the tunnel with no GCSE grades required on entry. There was still some quesions marks about where people who have used equivalency testing stand, but it looks like that too may be sorted for the better.