In the first of a two-part series Hilary White explores diversity and inclusion within the context of a ‘harmonious’ setting and provides practical advice on how to help all children achieve well-being and belonging within it.
The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 claimed the lives of more than 50 million worldwide and robbed vast numbers of children of their futures. Richard Willis draws a comparison with coronavirus.
Karen Hart talks to Daniel Brett, assistant principal at Bishop Burton College, in East Riding about uptake of the new T Level in Childcare and its potential to boost recruitment and professionalism in the sector.
Personal, social and emotional development is a key area of the EYFS and it begins with early years educators who have a positive attitude to their role. With this in mind Best Practice Network's Sian Marsh explains why mental health is a focus for Initial Teacher Training.
June O'Sullivan's new book, The A-Z of Early Years, discusses a broad spectrum of hot topics in the sector and aims to encourage conversation and change. She explains what motivated her to write it and invites readers to take the future into their hands!
It's important to teach children from an early age that disabilities do not define a person and this can be supported in the setting with a matter-of-fact approach and diverse resources and books.
New recommendations to more closely align Capital Gains Tax with Income Tax rates could have far reaching consequences for the childcare sector, says Christie & Co’s David Eaves.
Tigers Childcare has just opened a vibrant new nursey in Elephant & Castle, in south London. It's chief executive Karen Clince talks about the importance of tuning into children's emotional states and giving them the reassurance they may need.
Settings run on a voluntary basis are often viewed as a ‘cinderella service’, providing a flexible, sessional model for modest fees. While central to their communities they are now under pressure.
In this extract from her new book, Learning through Movement and Active Play in the Early Years, Tania Swift asks practitioners to consider the enabling environment in its emotional context and suggests ways to make it a positive space for all children.
With all the pressures of the pandemic, it may be particularly difficult to make sustainable changes right now. But for those settings short on time and resources, there are still ways to embrace sustainability themes, says Hilary White.
Jo Caswell provides advice on feeling confident about accompanying an Ofsted inspector on their ‘learning walk’ of the setting. Staff who have familiarised themselves with the Early Years Inspection Handbook will be in a strong position to communicate the strengths of their practice.