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Develop an ever-improving culture

Following Heather’s recent post on the benefits of carrying out a research project in an early years setting, I asked her to put together some more tips to help you get started. Heather wanted to make it clear that quality is an on-going process and that by the... read more

Early years networking – make a connection!

If you are a nursery professional, you are probably a people person: you have to be when you spend most of your day communicating with children, parents and colleagues. But how often do you go and meet peers outside of your setting? There are many benefits to be... read more

Take up the challenge: make nursery work fun!

Although we work in a primarily play-based environment, sometimes our activities and our days can lack lustre and excitement. You can feel it when your team has almost run out of enthusiasm and you can see some of the same ideas being reworked. Recently, I’ve been... read more

David Cameron, childcare and consequences

When you get excited, you sometimes do things without thinking about the consequences. It’s quite possible that such a scenario led to David Cameron’s surprise pledge to increase free childcare hours for three to four-year-olds. We are, after all, in the midst of... read more

Early Years Pupil Premium: can we make it work?

The current hot topic on the Government’s agenda is the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP): an additional amount of money that is intended to support our most “at risk” 3–4 year olds. At first glance, it appears that the Government have finally listened to the outcry of... read more

Quality amongst the madness

If your life is anything like mine, you’re pretty much on the go from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. In the last two weeks alone I have: attended a mentoring course for my students; changed around 60 nappies; attended two meetings with SEN... read more

“You’ll find boredom when there is an absence of a good idea” (Unknown).

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Ideas and inspiration

I was recently invited to mentor some budding entrepreneurs for the day at the FFWD pre-accelerator programme for early stage start-ups in London. It’s a great programme that helps prepare a select few teams for the important step of applying for funding for their... read more
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