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Staff Well-Being - Anxious moments

Difficult parents – whether they are abusive or overly anxious – can be stressful for nursery staff. Hannah Crown discovers how practitioners can cope better while meeting everyone’s needs

Management round table: implementing a smoking ban

Manager's dilemma:'I would very much like to ban smoking from my nursery but as quite a large percentage of our staff are smokers I am not sure where to start. I understand that it is legal to request that no-one smokes on the premises but I am worried about enforcing this, and the ill-will it might cause.'

Guide to: Universal Credit changes 2018

In the latest Budget, the Government has changed its plans for Universal Credit. Here’s what these announcements mean for you. By the Resolution Foundation’s Laura Gardiner

Take twos...using home-to-nursery learning bags

In line with the Tickell review recommendations, provision for two-year-olds will need to place strong emphasis on involving parents in their children's development. James Hempsall outlines the practical steps one nursery is taking to achieve this.

In my view - Centres work on work

Parents on benefits have to be actively seeking work when their children turn seven; next year it goes down to five. I run a programme that helps parents find work, and many say they are not ready for employment at this point. Some believe their children are too young; most, however, are not confident in their abilities, their skills or their chances of finding a job in the current labour market.

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