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The 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds The inverted commas around ‘free’ in the title above are intended to convey that, as with lunches, there is no such thing as ‘free childcare’. Someone has to pay for it and, if the government decrees that this should not be the parents, and then pays the childcare provider less than …

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Starting Out – Together It’s Child’s Play

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At the heart of any setting, Children’s Centre or school there should be an ethos that has great respect for parents and carers, recognising that they are their child’s first and most important educator.   Families should not feel ‘done to’, but instead should be empowered with knowledge and resources that help them in this essential role.  As an Early …

Encourage parent engagement at home – Top Tips from Setting Manager Mikki Parkes

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We recently visited Auden Place Community Nursery in North London, when writing the recently published Guide to Parent Engagement with Early Years Educator magazine.  The guide is packed with information and advice from childcare experts and includes interesting research showing that parent engagement really does lead to better outcomes for children, whatever their circumstance or background. We interviewed Auden Place’s Manager, Mikki Parkes,  who …

Making effective use of the Early Years Pupil Premium: my blog from the EYE event today

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This week, I am bringing you a personal blog from the EYE and Practical Pre-School Early Years Pupil Premium conference in Birmingham. I am Amy Reyniers, Director of Comms for NurseryBook, mummy to Rafferty aged 19 months (who attends a nursery in SW London) and a bump due in January, and have been privileged enough to attend this event on …

The NurseryBook parents’ guide to EYPP – what you should know!

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At NurseryBook HQ, we are committed to tackling one thorny early years issue a month. In September, that topic is the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The media and early years practitioners, from nursery managers to child-minders, have been debating the issue for months now, but what does it really mean and how might it impact your child’s setting? Well, …

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 …