January 2019

Five top tips for childminding in a small setting

I don't know about you, but I often dream about my ideal childminding setting. I`m guilty of spending far too much time on Pinterest and Instagram looking at pictures of airy, spacious, well organised childcare settings that I can only ever dream of replicating. Alas, I live in a small house, and this isn't going to change anytime soon so here are my five top tips for making the most of childminding from a small home

30/01/2019

Posted by Layla Fitzwilliam Hall, Childminder | with 10 comments

PACEY policy - January

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.

24/01/2019

Posted by Susanna Kalitowski and Claire Protheroe, PACEY | with 0 comments

Life, Luck and Language

During the Christmas period, I happened to be travelling on public transport. I observed a boy of about 4 years old who persevered in engaging with an adult in conversation where the adult clearly did not want to converse. The big question in my head was and still is: what made him keep trying?

23/01/2019

Posted by Jon Gilmartin, speech and language advisor, ICAN | with 0 comments

Head injury in the early years - be aware

The Child Brain Injury Trust, a national charity supporting children and families affected by acquired brain injury, have developed a CPD accredited training course specifically for early years practitioners. Find out more from Louise.

21/01/2019

Posted by Louise Wilkinson, head of information & learning, Child brain injury trust | with 0 comments

Childminders must be regulated to ensure children are safe in their homes

Last month, when we published the Ofsted Annual Report, we had good news to report about childminders. Ninety-four per cent of childminders were judged good or outstanding at their last inspection. And since 2012, the proportion of childminders judged to be at least good has improved at a faster rate than nurseries and pre-schools. That improvement is mainly down to the hard work and professionalism of childminders themselves. 

18/01/2019

Posted by Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted Regional Director for the West Midlands | with 0 comments

A fresh view on tackling staff shortages in the Early Years sector

You might be looking to expand your business, find a childminding assistant, or grow your nursery, but sometimes this process of recruitment can be time consuming and daunting. Many settings use recruitment agencies to help and also to supply staff to cover holidays and illness. But is it time for an overhaul to the way the recruitment industry has traditionally worked with early years settings to help them find the professionals they need? 

11/01/2019

Posted by Mike Ruddle, director at specialist recruiters, Affinity Workforce | with 0 comments

Infantile Spasms – little seizures, big consequences

Infantile spasms is a rare form of epilepsy that affects children usually starting in the first year of their life. The spasms can resemble normal baby movements like the startle reflex or discomfort associated with reflux and colic, but despite the subtle appearance the child has an underlying constant chaotic brain pattern that causes loss of skills and permanent damage.

08/01/2019

Posted by Jenny Rawling, trustee of UK Infantile Spasms Trust | with 1 comments

What will the education inspection framework mean for the early years?

Find out more about the changes to the education inspection framework from Ofsted. 

04/01/2019

Posted by Wendy Ratcliff, HMI in early years, Ofsted | with 10 comments