Early Years, Nursery and childcare providers

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Early Years - Are You Ready For Your Inspection?

As the new school term begins and children of all ages get back into the routines with their childcare providers, Vanessa Dooley – Founder of Jigsaw Early Years  Consulting – is celebrating after becoming a No.1 best-selling author.

In just four hours after its release, her debut book written for early years practitioners Are You Ready For Your Inspection was riding high on Amazon in the categories of Preschool & Nursery Books, Education Policy Books and Education Theory Books – overtaking two New York Times Bestselling Authors; Wendy Mogal and Education and Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson to take the number one spot.  An ex-OfSTED inspector, Hampshire-based Vanessa is now hoping that instead of being feared by many working in early years settings, she will now be turned to as someone who can offer support, having shared her years of wisdom, knowledge and expertise to fill the gap she believes exists for nursery owners.

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Teacher recruitment chairs

A new white paper, Driving the Performance Agenda in Education, from Affinity Workforce, explores steps that school and MAT leaders are taking in order to tackle the teacher recruitment and skills crisis, and to attract high-quality teaching staff.

As many as 85% of school and MAT heads report that they regularly compromise or deviate from their original recruitment specification simply in order to get teachers in to fill vacant positions. Examples of this include compromising on qualifications and skills (46%), cultural fit (44%), experience (44%), or subject specialism (44%).

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 Queen’s birthday present for Busy Bees Childcare

Busy Bees, the leading provider of childcare in the UK, has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Queens Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity.

The royal accolade, handed out in honour of the Queen’s 93rd birthday, recognises the organisation’s social mobility programme and commitment to quality training for its early years apprentices.

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Educational Consultant, Bloomsbury Early Years

Bloomsbury Education has launched Bloomsbury Early Years, a subscription website for Early Years Practitioners. 

With over 2,000 activities, written by trusted authors and linked to the EYFS and Development Matters, Bloomsbury Early Years aims to ease the burden of planning, save time and help practitioners to inspire the children in their care. 

The activities on Bloomsbury Early Years are easily searchable by topic, curriculum objective, age or time of year, which means that those working with children from 0-5 in settings and at home can filter the website by early learning goals or ensure that they are clearly linking to curriculum and Ofsted requirements.

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Makerspaces teachers experiment

JoslynAdcockfrom LEGO Education on how we can encourage EYFS children to be creative through the use of "makerspaces" using the famous, brightly colouredbuilding blocks...

Currently, we’re seeing a push for effective ways to encourage creativity and innovation in the classroom. With fast-paced changes in technology, the future workforce is certainly unpredictable, making it ever more important for children to be prepared for whatever lies ahead. Therefore, equipping them with foundational knowledge and key skills from an early age will mean that they are able to use their talents and apply themselves to any field of work.

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Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle Nursery opened on Friday in New Cross bringing a new premium childcare offering to the area.

The nursery was founded by Arlind Marku, owner of neighbouring Monkey Puzzle Bromley, which was voted in the top-10 day nurseries in London and achieved an Ofsted rating of Good in 2016. This second location for the local entrepreneur, who grew up in New Cross, will be run by his brother Jon. Monkey Puzzle New Cross was made possible with a £145,000 funding package from HSBC. The loan was used to refurbish the rented building and fit it out with top of the range equipment and facilities for the children. 

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Busy Bees nurseries raises £80k for Meningitis Now

Busy Bees, the UK’s leading childcare provider, is celebrating a successful year of fundraising across its nurseries for Meningitis Now.

A grand total of £85,622 was raised by Busy Bees’ 344 UK nurseries, with children, nursery staff and parents getting involved in lots of fun and exciting activities that helped to reach the total.

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