Using Bookstart packs to engage parents

13 December 2019

Many nurseries and pre-schools will receive an annual allocation of Bookstart Treasure Gift envelopes to distribute to their three- to four-year-olds within their provision. Liz Hodgman, an experienced childcare practitioner, suggests that rather than just handing them out to child and parent at pick-up time, with some planning these packs can provide a great resource for engaging parents within the provision and improving the home learning environment.

Sickness absence shows modest rise

11 December 2019

An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost due to sickness in the UK in 2018, equivalent to 4.4 days per worker, official figures show.

National Minimum Wage — exemptions

11 December 2019

While most employees and workers will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW), there are certain groups who are exempt from this requirement, meaning they are free to agree their own rate of payment. Croner Taxwise explains the groups and where the exemptions lie.

Wishing you a responsibly merry holiday season

10 December 2019

’Tis the season of good cheer ending in the start of a new year, which some of us look forward to and others dread. Either way, it is worth reviewing your organisation’s procedures for dealing with alcohol misuse, writes Jon Herbert.