Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

4 April 2020

With the Government introducing plans for financial assistance to provide employers an alternative to redundancies, here are some FAQs on furlough and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.

An initial look at furlough and the Job Retention Scheme

3 April 2020

The Government has announced its plans for financial assistance to help employers retain employees for an extended period of time, although offering no work, and avoid lay-offs. It is called the Job Retention Scheme and aims to avoid lay-offs or redundancies while employers are unable to offer work to their employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early years provision for children on the autism spectrum

2 April 2020

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a medical term used to describe a range of developmental conditions which begin in childhood and affect the way a child communicates and relates to others, as Martin Hodgson explains.

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.

How to support children with SEN in the early years

2 April 2020

Recent research reveals that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children with special educational needs (SEN) at nursery so it is essential that early years providers are aware of their responsibilities and can fully support the children in their care. Elizabeth Walker investigates.

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.

Deep cleaning the workplace in the time of coronavirus

1 April 2020

Within a relatively short space of time, the coronavirus has radically changed working life around the world, perhaps forever in the case of some organisations. Never before has workplace cleaning taken on life and death implications across so many different types of ordinary, non-specialist, work settings. Vicky Powell looks at how to deep clean workplaces to best protect workers and others from the COVID-19 virus.

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.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

31 March 2020

As the number of cases in the UK and abroad continue to rise, the situation is quickly evolving. There are a number of risks posed by the virus that employers will need to be aware of, and it is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees and should take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.