Funding for early years and after school providers in 2020

Funding for Childcare Providers: What to Expect in 2020?

Now that the elections are done and dusted, what does the Government have for the childcare sector? Here’s a look at what we know so far about the changes to early years and after school care funding in 2020. England … Continue Reading

What does the UK election results mean for the early years sector

What Does the UK Election Results Mean for the Early Years Sector?

Early years leaders have called on the new government to commit to a review of the childcare funding rates after the Conservative party led By Boris Johnson secured a majority of 365 out of 650 seats in the House of … Continue Reading

Apps for busy working parents

7 Great Apps For Busy Parents

Here’s a look at a few great apps that will make life easier for busy working parents: ChoreMonster When the mention of tidy-up time suddenly brings on the yawns, the chore monster app could be just the thing that can … Continue Reading

Recruiting Men in Early Years

New Guide Calls on Employers to Rope in More Men into Early Years

The MITEY (Men In The Early Years) Guide to Recruiting Men into Early Years Education calls on early years employers to take ‘active measures’ to recruit more men to address the current recruitment crisis and double the talent pool in … Continue Reading

Sustained Shared Thinking for early years foundation stage (EYFS)

What is Sustained Shared Thinking All About?

Sustained Shared Thinking. Another fancy term for something most educational practitioners do at their setting every day? Well, it is mentioned as one of the Characteristics of Effective Learning in the guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and … Continue Reading

Early years providers doing more paperwork than required

Early Years Providers Producing More Paperwork than Necessary

The vast majority of early years providers in the UK are producing more paperwork than required, according to a recent survey. The study carried out by Early Years Alliance in conjunction with the Department of Education and Ofsted has revealed … Continue Reading

Safeguarding in New Ofsted Inspection Framework

Safeguarding in Ofsted’s New Inspection Framework: What should Early Years Providers Know?

Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework is all set to be rolled out this September. Although there are a number of new changes across the spectrum, we will focus on the inspection of ‘safeguarding’ for early years in this post. According … Continue Reading

Guidelines on portion data-lazy-sizes for pre-schoolers

Revised Guidelines Published on Portion Sizes for Pre-Schoolers

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has published the updated version of its 5532 Guide –  a resource for planning a healthy, varied and balanced diet for pre-schoolers. The updated guidelines, developed by an expert panel of nutrition scientists and early … Continue Reading

Sensory-based food education for preschools and after school clubs

Sensory-Based Food Education: What can Preschools and After School Clubs do?

For all the picky eaters who are happy to survive on chicken nuggets and fish fingers, sensory based-food education could open the doors to a whole new world of healthier food choices (sans the pressure). Sensory-based food education, which has … Continue Reading

Paediatric First Aid Millie's Mark launches in Scotland

Paediatric First Aid Accreditation, Millie’s Mark, Launches in Scotland

Childcare settings in Scotland will now be eligible to apply for Millie’s Mark, the gold standard in Paediatric First Aid for childcare providers. The childcare quality endorsement scheme received the green flag from the Scottish Government, with Children’s Minister Marie … Continue Reading