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...]

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...]