Management Guides

Nursery World's guides to managing early years education and childcare settings, written by early years experts.

Management Guide: Business Models

Business Models

The array of business models available to nurseries are set out in this six-part series by Hannah Crown.

Management Guide: Policies & procedures

Policies and Procedures

A five-part series by Laura Henry on creating and implementing the policies and procedures you need for your childcare setting.

Management Guide: Early Years Educator Level 3 courses

Early Years Educator Level 3 Courses

Gabriella Jozwiak takes a look at all aspects of the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.

Management Guide: Recruitment


Laura Henry gives advice on effective and safe recruitment of staff for early years settings.

Management Guide: Safeguarding & welfare requirements

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

A four-part series on the key areas of change for safeguarding and welfare requirements under the revised EYFS, including risk assessment, child protection and suitable people.

Management Guide: Supervision


Why supervision is such an important focus of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage and what it means for early years settings. Karen John of Pen Green Research Base provides expert advice.

Take Twos: Managing the free entitlement

Take Twos: Managing The Free Entitlement

James Hempsall examines how settings can meet the challenges in the expansion of the free entitlement to disadvantaged two-year-olds, and shares examples of excellent practice.

Management Guide: EYFS Training

EYFS Training

Advice and information about training the nursery team on all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Management Guide: HR Update

HR Update

Your staff are your most important asset. Jacqui Mann of HR4Nurseries explains the latest employment best practice and legislation

Business Development

See how a range of childcare providers are growing their businesses and expanding their services.

Inspections: Achieving Outstanding

We showcase the excellent practice of early years settings that have earned the top grade in their Ofsted inspection.

Management Guide: Ofsted's new inspection framework

Ofsted's new inspection framework

Lena Engel provides expert guidance on the new Ofsted early years framework, taking you through each stage of making sure that you achieve the best grade possible in your inspection

Self-evaluation for Early Years Leaders

How nursery leaders and managers developed their self-evaluation skills to improve their settings' practice.