The importance of developing ongoing professional development for Early Years staff Ongoing training and professional development for all early years staff is highly important; this is not only to enhance practitioner knowledge and skills, but it is also to ensure high-quality teaching and learning is being delivered to … [Read more...] about Ways to develop ongoing training for early years staff
Early Years Management
Helpful advice on how to Sort conflict out between staff Unfortunately, in the early years, a common complaint is of practitioners being hurtful to one another and not getting along. Many believe this is down to many settings being single sex or majority sex teams; this is thought to be the same in any environment with a similar sex team. … [Read more...] about Why can’t my practitioners just be friendly to each other?
Why early years managers should ask ‘on the spot’ questions daily Asking on the spot questions to practitioners on a daily basis should be part of regular best practice. This is not something which should be seen as daunting or intimidating for practitioners but instead general questions regarding policy, procedure and best practice. It can be a … [Read more...] about Why managers should ask ‘on the spot’ questions daily
An easy way to make practitioners aware of Safeguarding children It is managers responsibility to ensure practitioners are fully aware of how to safeguard children. On induction the settings policies and procedures should be discussed, giving practitioners an understanding of what to do if they have a concern. As … [Read more...] about An Introduction to Safeguarding Children Pack
Top Tips on making sure your childcare business is successful for another year As a new year has begun, it is a good time to reflect on the year that has just gone by. By doing this, you will often find things that you need to improve or slightly tweak. Being critical about your childcare business can often help make it more successful. Here … [Read more...] about What are your plans for your childcare business?
The importance of using memos in your childcare setting Sending memos is an important communication tool for many large businesses and companies. It is something which can also be very effective when used in nurseries. Using memos in childcare settings are particularly useful for increasing communication and promoting best practice. It can … [Read more...] about Why childcare settings should send memos to practitioners
Most effective way to keep early years policies and procedure documents Early years policies and procedures are crucial to any childcare setting or organisation. They underpin all the practice that happens within the setting as well as it ensures that all the necessary legislation is met. Depending on the setting you are will determine whether … [Read more...] about Top tips on creating and keeping early years policies
Should room leader roles be abandoned? It is incredibly common for the early year’s hierarchy of employees to contain a manager, deputy manager, room leader, practitioners and student. However is this the most effective way to manage an early years setting or should the notion of early years room leaders be abandoned? In order to fully … [Read more...] about Are early years room leaders necessary?
Signs of a great Early Years Manager An early years manager plays a crucial role in an early years setting, and they are one of the most influential people in any early years setting. They create policies, procedures, manage practitioners, deal with parents, manage accounts and ensure everyone is doing their best for the children. Ofsted … [Read more...] about Signs of a great early years manager
Top tips on conducting a mock Ofsted Inspection It is good practice to carry out Ofsted mock inspections as often as you can. This will help prepare practitioners and highlight any issues to work on before the real inspection. Conducting mock Ofsted inspections are easy to do especially when following the Early Years Handbook. This document … [Read more...] about Conducting a Mock Ofsted Inspection