Following my recent speaking debut at the Nursery World Show, a few early years practitioners have asked me for a copy of the slides from my presentation ‘How to motivate your team without giving them cake’. So, I thought I’d add them to our blog in case you too were... read more
Reflective practice has been a buzzword of this era of teaching. As students, our college and university lecturers drummed it into us, “reflect, reflect, reflect”! We kept reflective portfolios, created daily lesson reflections or had one-to-one reflection meetings... read more
Nurseries are continually full of the unexpected. Staff call in sick at the last moment, children have accidents, disagreements break out between children or the heating can suddenly break down. No two days are the same. In this environment full of the unforeseen, how... read more
Unmotivated, uninterested, underachieving and underperforming. If these are words that you apply to your team, it’s about time you did something about it! However, there is no quick fix. Practitioners have a demanding and multifaceted job. Throughout the course of the... read more
It’s 9am. You’ve a long list of important things to do (of course you do, you work in early years). You’ve had your cup of tea, checked the headlines on your favourite news website and now it’s time to crack on. There’s just one more article you want to read… Before... read more
I was fortunate enough to attend the recent NMT Business Seminar in London and to thereby hear a number of interesting presentations on the current and future state of industry in the early years sector. The topic that most caught my attention was the prospect and... read more
There’s nothing more frustrating than working as hard as you possibly can but not feeling like you’re getting anywhere. As a conscientious manager feeling the weight of responsibility, it’s natural to put extra pressure on yourself to work harder still. When you’re... read more
The phrase “a good workman never blames his tools” is commonly used by managers to dismiss complaints from staff about their systems and processes. However, when it comes to early years and nursery management software, those concerns are often fully justified.... read more
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