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...]

Being School Ready Training for Practitioners

Following on from my Assessment Measures Blog in July where I mentioned that we were involved in doing some research with schools about their expectations for children I am glad to report that we have moved the project forward in supporting parents and practitioners in Being School Ready. Our project has involved talking to schools directly, working with parents and providing training for practitioners. We have also created a brand new resource … [Read more...]

How well are the Integrated Reviews going?

 NHS Digital and Ofsted collaborated on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and analysed the results. They analysed data gathered following the two year old assessments that all nursery staff are very familiar with. Disappointingly only 12% of eligible children took part — but their outcomes were improving. When there is a smaller sample, statistical data can deliver variable results. They state, ‘limitations may apply to the … [Read more...]

Inspirational Insights 31st Edition

Welcome to Inspirational Insights - The monthly modicum of meanderings from MBK Training. Despite it being the holidays, we still found a few things going on in the world of Childcare. Remember, if you want to know when we post then you can register on the website. If you haven't seen it yet, then you should absolutely be checking out our Top 10 Tips for an Ofsted Inspection (written by an inspector of 16 years … [Read more...]

Esther Gray’s 10 essential tips to ensuring a good inspection experience

As an Ofsted veteran of 16 years, I’ve conducted countless inspections and attended many tribunals regarding the Early Years sector of education. So I understand your fears at the thought of an inspection. When you meet the inspector for the first time you will have things in common that will help you have a good day. There will also be things that are unusual or less compatible. How you overcome these is an important part of having a successful … [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...]

Assessment Measures

We have recently become involved in a project to support parents and children in preparing for the journey to school. We initially thought this was all about the children, but having spoken to several schools it seems it’s as much about the parents as it is the children – who knew! So the project has taken a turn in that direction. The other side of the project though, is considering moderation between schools and settings. This has … [Read more...]

What’s new in the updated Operational Guidance?

I’ve been catching up with recent publications related to the early years over the last few days. So on 17th July, just 5 days before the end of term, the DfE decided that they should publish a revised and updated Operational Guidance.  The Pre-school learning alliance has published A guide to the key changes and so here I will be looking at the implications of some of these for parents and providers. The document has had quite a shake up in … [Read more...]

Inspirational Insights 30th Edition

Welcome to Inspirational Insights - The monthly modicum of meanderings from MBK Training. I figured we must have missed some news this month, but a quick google search tells me that apparently nothing much happened. It should feel good to be in position where Early Years hasn't hadn't any momentous changes for a month, but really it just feels a bit weird! We did notice this little report about 30 hours which, despite … [Read more...]

Where did your Calendar Resource go?

Remember our Calendar and Activity Resource that we used to release on a monthly basis? We have decided to bring it back - however, we will now be publishing it on our sister company's website Foundation Focus - don't worry it's still free to download! We want this resource to be the best it can be so that when it comes to planning your monthly activities it is as easy and stress-free as possible. We are planning to publish the whole … [Read more...]