Acas Early Conciliation — the process

30 October 2019

Since 2014, one of the mandatory processes for an individual (the “claimant”) lodging a claim at the Employment Tribunal is that they must go through Acas Early Conciliation (EC). Stuart Chamberlain, author and senior employment law consultant at Croner-I, summarises the stages of the EC process and draws out the important points for employers.

Separation anxiety

25 October 2019

Starting at an early years provision can be a daunting and emotional experience for both the parents and child. Some children can feel very distressed when they are left by their parents in a new environment and it is important that practitioners recognise the significance of separation anxiety and support families during this period of transition. Elizabeth Walker looks at the issues involved.

Encouraging parents to read more with their child

25 October 2019

Understanding why the parents in your setting do or do not read with their children is crucial to enhance shared reading opportunities within your local context. In some cases, parents may not see the value in reading, especially if community literacy levels and aspirations are low. Where children live in poverty access to books is unlikely to be a priority for families.

Fancy dress at work — good idea or the stuff of nightmares?

23 October 2019

With Halloween almost upon us, some employers may want to use this as an opportunity to allow employees to wear fancy dress to work. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines what companies should bear in mind in these situations.

Developing the pencil grip

18 October 2019

Many hours are spent in infant school classes supporting children to develop the three-finger tripod pencil grip. However, the real work in preparing children to be able to develop a good pencil grip needs to happen within their nursery and pre-school years. Liz Hodgman, Childcare Consultant, looks at how a child’s pencil grip develops and suggests practical ideas that early years practitioners can use to support it.

Being a family-friendly employer

16 October 2019

Working parents are afforded certain rights under employment law and employers need to ensure they are aware of them. Not only can failure in this area result in costly discrimination claims, it can also mean the difference between a low or a high retention rate. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines points that employers can consider when aiming to be family-friendly employers.

The Montessori approach

11 October 2019

Dr Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, and has influenced the education of young children all over the world, writes Elizabeth Walker.

How to develop intergenerational practice in nurseries

11 October 2019

An increasing number of nurseries are linking with old people’s care homes amidst growing evidence that there are significant benefits for both generations, as well as the wider community. Bringing the young and elderly together can boost children’s wellbeing, language development and social skills, as well as changing attitudes towards ageing. Elizabeth Walker looks at the benefits for young children and the practical steps early years providers can take to develop intergenerational practice in their settings.

The dos and don’ts of managing employee disability

9 October 2019

While a disabled employee can present numerous challenges for an employer, appropriately managing this situation can help to avoid discrimination claims, as well as maintaining and prolonging the employment relationship. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, explores several points that employers should consider when managing employee disability.