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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 …

Nursery World Business Summit 2015

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This week, the NurseryBook team joined the exhibitors, delegates and presenters at the annual Nursery World Business Summit. From the hugely varied agenda to the fantastic delegate turn-out, the summit buzzed from the moment it opened until the last round of applause. The political and social landscape First up was Sam Gyimah MP, who was billed to update progress on …

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 …

What does the new era for Ofsted inspection mean for early years?

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So Ofsted has announced the biggest changes to education inspection since its inception. But what does it mean and how will it impact early years settings in particular? Parents continue to be a focus and a driver for Ofsted. The introduction of a common framework, a structure applied to every stage and all institutions from child-minders to further education and …

Ofsted changes Early Years Inspection Handbook, but not its approach

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Ofsted has just re-published its Early Years Inspection Handbook, outlining what inspectors must do when inspecting an Early Years provider, as well as what those providers can expect. Providers will want to review the document, available on the gov.uk website, in detail themselves but we have picked out a few points worth highlighting. Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) – The …