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New funding to champion childminding

Thanks to a grant worth almost £400k, PACEY will be able to support many more registered childminders to consider how to make their small businesses more sustainable and whether they could deliver funded early education places.

 

PACEY knows that many registered childminders in England are currently deciding whether to deliver funded early education (including the extension to 30 hours) or not. Two questions are key to many childminders trying to make this important decision. Firstly how funded early education might impact on their long term business sustainability? Secondly how likely it is parents will choose a childminder to access their funded place?

 

Busy Bees training academy receives shining report from Ofsted inspectors

Busy Bees training academy

Busy Bees Training Academy is celebrating after receiving a glowing report following its latest OFSTED inspection. The Staffordshire-based training provider was inspected by OFSTED in February 2017 and received an ‘Outstanding’ report from inspectors across the board.

Busy Bees Training currently oversees over 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprenticeships, as well as 20 short courses delivered at each of its 12 venues throughout the country. It joins an elite group of training providers to achieve the accolade, as only four learning and skills providers achieved outstanding in the 2015/2016 academic year. 

Let your pupils get inspired by this year’s Kiddiwash Clean Hands Competition

 Kiddiwash

Nurseries and pre-schools across the UK have another chance to win a key piece of equipment to help their young pupils learn the importance of proper handwashing through the 2017 Kiddiwash Clean Hands Competition.  At the same time, it offers a fun activity for enthusiastic, young artists using their own clean hands as their inspiration.

 

Hoping to repeat the success of last year’s competition, TEAL Patents will award a free Kiddisynk to one winner and a Kiddiwash Xtra to two runners-up.  Kiddiwash is a range of portable, warm-water, hand washing basins specifically designed for use without mains plumbing – either water supply or drainage.  Simple to enter, the competition can be easily incorporated into a hand-washing lesson, making it both fun and memorable. 

72% of parents unaware that confidence development begins before 5 years old

Dance pre school

As a report reveals that 72% of parents are unaware that confidence development begins before the age of 5, Anne-Marie Martin, Founder of diddi dance, the much loved preschool dance classes, is urging parents to take action and help develop their child’s confidence from a young age with early interaction in activities.

Innovative range of education furniture is child's play to leading manufacturers

British Thornton launches new range of nursery equipment

A new range of educational furniture is set to make playtime healthier than ever, thanks to a special anti-bacterial surface treatment. 

Manufacturers of education furniture British Thornton is proud to present a new range of innovative educational furniture to inspire young children and help staff maintain a clean and healthy environment. 

The new trudy nursery range has been specifically designed to meet need highlighted by nursery manager, while allowing children to enjoy learning and interaction through the use of solid, natural materials, minimal colour and designs that encourage imaginative play. 

Record numbers attend Childcare Expo London

Childcare Expo London

Thousands of early years practitioners descended upon London Olympia on 3 & 4 March for two days of breaking news, exclusive features and special guests. With a 30% increase in visitor numbers from 2016, exhibitors were welcomed with a surge that did not cease throughout the day. Stands for the show had sold out two weeks in advance, the first time this has happened, filling the room with a variety of resources and services specifically designed for the sector. Inspiring conversations and impressive sales taking place after the show had closed proved that the organisers of Childcare Expo truly outdone themselves this year.

The Dogs and Birds Piano Method

The Dogs and Birds Piano Method

We’ve all read or heard about studies that show that learning to play the piano or keyboard from an early age has a tremendously positive effect on a child’s development, and in particular, reading and maths. It also boosts memory and relaxation and teaches concentration, co-ordination, patience and perseverance. It is therefore an excellent preparation for schoolwork. As with any other language, the language of music is best learnt from an early age. Designed to be accessible to children from three years upwards, the Dogs and Birds Piano Method (devised by Elza and Chris Lusher) provides a fun yet systematic introduction for children as they begin their musical journey on the piano.

 

Early Years leaders come together to direct the way

Early Years

Childcare Expo London, taking place at Olympia on 3rd & 4th March will play host to leading names from the industry. With professional seminars running across both days in two separate streams, it provides passionate visitors the unmissable opportunity to learn from the best. 

This year’s seminar programme focuses heavily on the current upheave in the sector to provide vital insight and ideas to take back and implement in their childcare settings. Focus lies on 30 hours free childcare and leadership in order to overcome the current humps that face many early years practitioners today. Caroline Dinenage, MP, will be opening the event and providing a keynote to kick things off on Friday 3rd March.

Building solutions manufacture and deliver new early learning facility

London Borough of Hounslow Council has appointed offsite building specialists, Actavo | Building Solutions, to manufacture and deliver a brand-new, modular, early learning facility to care for children aged 2-3 years. 

This new early year’s provision is being established as part of the Council’s statutory duty to provide sufficient free early learning and childcare places for disadvantaged 2-year-old children.  

The new, single-storey facility was manufactured and built by Actavo | Building Solutions in just 11 weeks. The new early year’s centre was completed at the end of December 2016.