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Ofsted unveils new inspection framework

Ofsted has set out its plans to overhaul the inspection system, moving away from a reliance on data to determine performance to an emphasis on teaching and the curriculum.


The Big Picture - Montessori’s big year

Montessori St Nicholas is celebrating a double anniversary, as 2019 marks 100 years of Montessori training in the UK, while its course provider, Montessori Centre International (MCI), turns 20.


Spotlight on…Tina Lambert

Positions: Head of outdoor learning at Honeybees Pre-School in East Sussex


Staff facing ‘high financial insecurity’

Early years workers are in a position of ‘high financial insecurity’, with more than 44 per cent claiming benefits and tax credits, according to a report.


Ofsted’s new framework receives mixed response

Early years organisations and teaching unions have given a lukewarm response to Ofsted’s plans to overhaul inspection.

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Practice: Sensory Processing, Part 1 - Making sense

Sensory experiences are vital to healthy brain development, explain Anne O’Connor and Dr Kath Dickinson in...


Speech & Language: part 9 - Quiet times

Anne-Marie Tassoni and Penny Tassoni explain what can be done to help children with English as an additional...


Digital Technology - Find the way

Digital technology in early years settings divides commentators, but the strength of opinion backs children...


Parent’s Guide - Going to the dentist

Some tips for parents on taking their child for their first dental appointment, and the wider developmental...


EYFS best practice: All about… Storytelling

Stories are especially important in the early years, explains Mary Medlicott, who offers advice on how to...


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EYFS Training: Part 1 - Going back to basics

In a new series updating our popular EYFS Training series from 2010, Charlotte Goddard looks at the EYFS,...


Training Talk - For why

Nasen’s Early Years SEND Resources helped Jen Malins to address the ‘why’ and not just the ‘what’ in...


Childcare Counsel - job offer doubts; whistleblowing

Our resident employment lawyer Caroline Robins, Eversheds principal associate, answers your questions...


Training - New apprenticeship standards

The early years trailblazer group is now in its third incarnation, and is busy devising apprenticeship...

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