One year until launch of 30 hours free childcare

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So it’s NurseryBook’s final week of looking in detail at 30 hours free childcare in our blogs and newsletters. However, with just over a year to go until the Government plans to launch the scheme, with their funding review now closed but no recommendations yet communicated, and with Nicky Morgan’s challenge this week asking “innovative” early years providers to step …

What parents should know about 30 hours free childcare

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It’s week three of August and we’re still wrestling with 30 hours free childcare. This week, the facts every parent should know and the questions they are asking. What is it? The Government has committed to provide 3-4 year olds in the UK with 30 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks a year (during term time), double what’s currently …

Is 30 hours free childcare deliverable?

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So we’re heading towards the middle of August already, if only someone would tell the UK weather that! But a bit of rain hasn’t dampened our resolve to continue exploring the topic of 30 hours free childcare, its benefits, challenges and the overall impact it will have on all the stakeholders in early years education, from managers and practitioners to …

30 hours free childcare and the national living wage

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Positive news for working families or a huge challenge for early years childcare? At NurseryBook HQ, we are committed to tackling one thorny early years issue a month. In August, that topic is 30 hours free childcare. The government’s promise to double the amount of free childcare available to eligible 3- and 4-year olds, and its pledge to introduce a …

NurseryBook launches free EYPP tool to help early years childcare practitioners access important funding

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Press release NurseryBook is delighted to launch its free Early Years Pupil Premium help tool. This simple online tool, available now on NurseryBook’s website (nurserybook.co/eypp) to all early years childcare providers, helps identify children eligible for the EYPP and quickly gather all necessary information to apply to their Local Authority for this important funding. NurseryBook CEO, Richard Barrell, comments, “All …

Should poorer two-year-olds go to school?

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Following the release of the Ofsted Early Years report earlier this week, there has been a lot of commentary on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s view that there’s a strong case for getting poorer two-year-olds into schools early to help close the persistent attainment gap, currently around 19 months. Regardless of which side of the debate you sit on, I hope we …

NurseryBook is a finalist in this year’s NurseryWorld awards!

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We are absolutely delighted that we have been voted as a finalist in the “Staff Resources” category at the year’s NurseryWorld awards. Please click here to see the fill shortlist. Richard Barrell, CEO, said, “According to the judging panel, they had a record number of entries and the quality this year was extremely high, so the whole team at NurseryBook …

The Golden Rules – a blog about trust

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For those of us who work for (or who have escaped from) big corporates, trust in the workplace can dredge up thoughts of teambuilding days, blindfolds and falling. Personally, I have to suppress the memory of a midnight cave rescue involving overalls, crawling through a very wet (let’s face it, semi-flooded) tunnel and being left on my own, underground, in …

What are you planning for National Unplugged Day on 28th June?

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At NurseryBook HQ, we have been busy brainstorming and asking our contacts to share play ideas to get ready for National Unplugging Day on 28th June! Here’s a selection of our favourites. We have roughly grouped them according to age but lots are suitable for any child. Why not add your ideas in the comments section below or let us …

What is National Unplugging Day? Make a pledge!

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At NurseryBook HQ, we have been talking a lot recently about National Unplugging Day, a day where parents and childcare professionals can pledge to switch off all technology for 24 hours and connect face-to-face with children instead. It is, of course, easier said than done. Smartphones keep our lives in sequence, providing us with music, news and entertainment. Meanwhile smart …