Creating a vision

16 March 2012

As the leader of your setting how do you see your provision looking in five years’ time? Having a vision for your setting is a vital part of business planning and development. The vision is the inspirational tool that helps with long-term strategic planning for your provision.

What’s in the news? February 2012

24 February 2012

Money, money, money — the costs of childcare, free entitlement and why we can’t afford it, the debate rages on and hits the headlines on a daily basis. There are some lighter stories this time about babies who already know more about healthy eating than their parents, if left to their own devices, and dads encouraged to seek work in a nursery, following the new TV show. Susan Roddy has the details.

Expectant and new parents

10 February 2012

Expectant and new parents are a setting’s potential customers for the future. In times of recession and low economic growth, engaging as early as possible with your clients makes sound business sense. If your setting is struggling with sustainability then you will need to come up with some “out of the box” ideas to promote your setting and raise its profile within the local community.

What's in the news? January 2012

27 January 2012

In the news for schools this month is the move to unannounced Ofsted inspections from autumn 2012. Early years providers might think “what’s the problem with that? It has always been that way for us, no news there then”. The early years sector news is still dominated with the new EYFS. We have recently published a series of frequently asked questions, which will go some way to helping you prepare, but please feel free to submit any questions of your own. As always, child nutrition and money, too much of one and not enough of the other, also feature this month. Susan Roddy gives some details.

How to use a fire extinguisher

27 January 2012

This article is in no way intended to replace hands-on training in the use of fire extinguishers, but as it is unlikely that staff are likely to practice their use between training sessions, it may be a useful reminder.

Understanding and using business acronyms

20 January 2012

Language is used to convey instructions, meaning, ideas and more — so why don’t people talk clearly at all times: why do they lapse into “speaking shorthand” (acronyms)?

Achieving outstanding

13 January 2012

In September 2011, Woodlands Children’s Centre in South Croydon received an outstanding grading from Ofsted. In this article, the Centre Manager, Liz Hodgman, explores some of the reasons why she feels they were able to achieve this.