Professional development in the early years workforce

11 December 2020

Professional development is an essential part of an excellent early years provision. It motivates staff, contributes to staff retention, and impacts on children’s learning and development. Rebecca Fisk outlines ways that providers can access continuing professional development (CPD).

Supporting disadvantaged children in the early years

29 October 2020

With child poverty now affecting more than four million children in the UK and rising concerns that the Covid-19 crisis has widened the disadvantage gap, early years providers should consider how they can play their part in supporting families who may be in difficulty following lockdown.

Managing colds and flu at work during the pandemic

12 October 2020

As autumn sets in, employers and workers in the UK will, as usual, be anticipating seasonal colds and flu. However, this year’s winter flu season will pose some unique challenges — not least due to the extensive overlap in the symptoms of seasonal colds and the coronavirus. Vicky Powell looks at how best to manage seasonal flu and colds at work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furlough fraud penalties confirmed by HMRC

10 September 2020

According to reports, the number of fraudulent claims has continued to increase in recent weeks as exploitation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) becomes a new Government threat. HMRC has announced the penalties that can be imposed on the employers who commit furlough fraud. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

Transitions post lockdown

24 August 2020

Rebecca Fisk explores approaches to transitions in early years settings and how circumstances have changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.