Supporting SEN in the early years

2 April 2020

Following the introduction of the SEND reforms, it is clear that early years practitioners play a key role in the new SEN support system, and it is vital that providers understand their duties and responsibilities in relation to the new SEND Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014. Elizabeth Walker looks at the current guidance for early years providers on supporting children with special educational needs in their care.

Supporting children with ADHD

2 April 2020

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 2–5% of school age children. It is a complex behavioural disorder typified by problems paying attention, excessive activity and difficulties in exercising self-control. Young children with ADHD often have problems in settings such as early years services, nursery classes or at school where their difficulties in paying attention may result in poor achievement and disruptive behaviour. Martin Hodgson describes the background to the condition and reviews support options for early years providers.

The Local Offer for children with SEND

2 April 2020

The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice for children with special needs and disabilities, published in 2014, introduced the “Local Offer”. Liz Hodgman, childcare consultant, looks at what this means for early years settings and how they can meet the requirements of the code.

April’s employment law changes

1 April 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, employers may be forgiven for forgetting about some key changes that are happening this month. Andrew Willis, senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department at Croner outlines the main changes that employers can be reminded of.

Sexual orientation discrimination

18 March 2020

Employers will be aware that it is unlawful for them to discriminate against an employee on the grounds of their sexual orientation. But how far does this go? Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, examines this in more detail.

Social media and early years staff

13 March 2020

What should be the rules governing the use of social media websites by early years staff and volunteers? Martin Hodgson, an early years and education writer, explores the issues.

The tribunal process — from claim to remedy

11 March 2020

Employers will be aware that the day may come when they face a tribunal claim. But what, exactly, is the process for the bringing and hearing of claims? Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-I, provides an overview.

Supporting asthma in early years provisions

6 March 2020

With asthma now affecting one in eleven children in the UK, it is essential that early years providers can support any young sufferers in their care. Asthma affects each individual differently and practitioners need to work closely with families to ensure continuity of care while children are away from home. Elizabeth Walker discusses the importance of developing an asthma policy which sets out the provision’s commitment to meeting the needs of children with asthma.

Progressive leave — pros and cons

4 March 2020

Progressive leave policies are becoming increasingly popular, but how feasible are they for employers? Ben McCarthy, lead employment law writer and researcher at Croner-i, outlines the implications of such leave provisions and what employers need to bear in mind.

Visual perception in early years

28 February 2020

Visual perception is vital in the development of school readiness skills. Liz Hodgman, Childcare Consultant, looks at the different aspects of visual perception and how early years practitioners can support children’s visual perception development through play.