Getting Ready for the New Academic Year: Communication and Marketing
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by Beth Wright
2w ago
Welcome back to our blog series, “Preparing for the New Academic Year,” where we aim to dive into various aspects for you to consider as you gear up for the approaching September term. We recognise that this period can be challenging for nursery managers, early years educators, parents, and the children in your care. From settling children into the environment to beginning building parent partnerships, updating records and nursery management software, coordinating staff schedules, and adjusting roles and rooms within the nursery, attracting new customers is crucial to maintain high occupan ..read more
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The Best Ways to Partner with Parents
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by Beth Wright
2w ago
Partnering with parents is essential in early years education because parents and carers can significantly impact children’s outcomes. Research shows that the home learning environment plays a key role in a child’s future success, regardless of the quality of the educational setting. When educators and families collaborate, they can better support children’s learning both at home and in the nursery. Parents have a deep understanding of their children’s preferences, abilities, and interests. This knowledge helps educators tailor their approach, improving children’s wellbeing, learning and d ..read more
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Customer Training Sessions: Getting Ready for the Start of the Academic Year
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by Beth Wright
2w ago
As May comes to a close, we’re nearly halfway through the year and nearing the end of the academic cycle. Significant transitions mark this period—saying goodbye to preschool children starting school, preparing for room transitions, and welcoming new starters to your setting. In the early years sector, the new academic year brings a host of changes, making it an ideal time to start planning for September before the holiday season takes over. Now is the perfect time to focus on essential preparations: recruiting high-quality staff, updating policies and procedures, fine-tuning financial pla ..read more
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Getting Ready for the New Academic Year: Financial Planning and Funding
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by Beth Wright
2w ago
As September approaches, nursery managers and childcare providers are busily preparing for this season of change and transition. It’s a time to say goodbye to children heading off to school, welcome new starters, and plan for the term ahead. Whether you run a term-time nursery with a busy schedule until the academic year’s end or a full-time nursery managing summer staff absences due to holidays, there is much to do. This is the first article in our “Getting Ready for the New Academic Year” blog series. In this post, we will focus on financial planning and funding, outlining essential task ..read more
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How to Get the Most from Adult-Led Activities
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by Beth Wright
3w ago
In a recent blog post, we explored the power of child-led learning in “Letting Them Lead: How Child-Led Learning Sparks Creativity and Engagement.” We highlighted the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework’s emphasis on the role of play in children’s development. According to the EYFS, “play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals, and solve problems.” It suggests that children learn through both self-directed play and adult-led learning experiences. This balanced approach is important in earl ..read more
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Three Reasons Why We Love Nursery Observations
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by Beth Wright
3w ago
Observations have long been an ongoing practice of early years education, allowing educators to understand each child in their care accurately. While different settings may have varied methods, the goal has always been the same: to notice and appreciate each child’s personality, interests, joys, concerns, learning and developmental milestones. With the changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework in January 2024, the requirement for documenting observations or any form of physical evidence has been removed. This shift aims to lighten the paperwork load for practitioners and ..read more
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Creating a Safe Sleep Environment in Early Years Settings
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by Beth Wright
1M ago
Sleep is a fundamental necessity that promotes children’s growth and brain development alongside nutrition, physical activity, and secure attachments. As early years educators, we have a crucial role in teaching children and parents about healthy sleep routines. Quality sleep is essential as it not only enables children to learn, concentrate, grow, and develop, but also be healthier and happier. Children who lack sufficient sleep may suffer from behavioural issues, attention difficulties, and problems with learning, memory, and/or problem-solving. Sleep deprivation can lead to increased he ..read more
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Maximise Nursery Efficiency with Occupancy Insights and Future Projection
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by Beth Wright
1M ago
Are you suddenly dealing with an influx of enquiries following the latest government funding updates? As a nursery manager, the juggling act of meeting demands may feel overwhelming, and often you may feel like you are being pulled in many different directions. Simplifying this chaos is key, and one effective approach is streamlining nursery enquiries to easily determine space availability for children through clear visibility provided by occupancy and financial reports. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of having a solid grasp of your nursery’s occupancy levels and how to effi ..read more
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The Role of Music in School Readiness and Closing the Attainment Gap
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by Beth Wright
1M ago
Guest blog from Early Years music provider – Boogie Mites. In this guest blog, Tasha from Boogie Mites sheds light on the transformative power of music in early years education. Through their innovative programs, Boogie Mites demonstrates how daily interactive music and movement activities can significantly enhance essential skills crucial for school readiness. By drawing on neuroscience evidence and research studies, Boogie Mites showcases how music can boost communication, phonological awareness, self-regulation, attention, and motor skills—all foundational elements for successful learni ..read more
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Safeguarding Children’s Data in the Childcare Sector
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by Caitlin Holmes
1M ago
Useful tips for childcare providers to improve their data protection practices. In 2023, the childcare and education sector faced a significant number of data breaches, ranking second highest after health. Analysing data from the ICO, Solicitor Hayes Connor revealed that one in seven data breaches of reported breaches were from this sector with over a third of them involving children’s data. This statistic is concerning and children deserve better privacy protection. Data breaches can expose sensitive details like names, birthdates, and addresses, making them vulnerable to identity theft. C ..read more
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