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Celebrate all things apprenticeships this month during National Apprenticeship Week!

Celebrate all things apprenticeships this month during National Apprenticeship Week!

 Now in its 16th year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) returns this month from 6th to 12th February. The week provides such a great way to bring together businesses and apprentices across the whole of the UK to showcase how apprenticeships can really transform...

Guest AuthorsHealth and well-beingRunning a setting
Dealing with the death of a staff member – focus on parents and childrend

Dealing with the death of a staff member – focus on parents and childrend

When a staff member dies, colleagues, children and parents are impacted. This impact is felt in varying ways and in differing levels of understanding. Our last article focused on the loss of an early years staff member called Mandy, how this affected her colleagues...

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Finance

Tax-Free Childcare

Press release  Tax-Free Childcare is a new government scheme to help parents with the cost of...

6 tips to grow your business for free

Growing any business presents a challenge. However, having limited resources and finances to grow...

Managing the roll-out of the 30-hour offer

Acorns Nursery is a 50 place setting based in the grounds of Oaklands College, St Albans. The...

5 finance reports in Abacus that will help your setting

Our Customer Service Team picked their top reports in our nursery software which they believe are...

How much do apprentices get paid?

Before deciding whether or not to do an apprenticeship, one of the first things people want to...

3 tips to help maximise your setting’s financial resources

The sector is currently under huge financial pressure, having to face issues such as annual...

5 top tips to save money on your staffing costs

Regardless of the size of your business, staff are typically your most expensive asset. After...

5 ways Abacus can help your setting save money

With the sector as a whole facing huge financial pressure at the moment, childcare settings need...

How will the new apprenticeship reforms affect the way you train staff?

As part of a national drive to train 3 million new apprentices by 2020, the way the Government...

What settings should know about the Tax-Free Childcare scheme

The Tax-Free Childcare scheme will be launched from early 2017 and will offer working families 20%...

What are the benefits of reducing your supplier base?

Nowadays, both for domestic and business services, we’re told to “shop around” to get the best...

Health & Wellbeing

Stress management – coping mechanisms for you and your colleagues

In our November magazine, we talked about Stress Awareness Week and ways to help you a) notice the...

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s February, which means it’s time for Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) (6 – 12th). The week...

Valentine’s is the time for self-love

Valentine’s is the time for romantics, but self-love comes first, and what is better than looking...

Dealing with the death of a staff member – focus on parents and childrend

When a staff member dies, colleagues, children and parents are impacted. This impact is felt in...

Getting fit? Get musical: working out in the early years

Moving around can be and should be fun at every age, but the way we need to move can make a big...

Nurturing emotional well-being through mentoring

Mentoring people is a wonderful thing and done correctly, it can support someone with their...

Getting through the cost-of-living crisis

  There’s no doubt that 2022 has been a tough year. Just as we thought we were coming out of the...

Love Your Liver Month

It’s January, the festive season is over and we are all taking stock of what the last few weeks...

National Mentoring Month and the importance of having a role model

 We all need a little help now and again, and starting a new job or a new role within an existing...

Grief and loss in early years; dealing with the death of a colleague

It was a normal Monday morning at the nursery. Staff members came in to do the early morning...

The importance of developing healthy self-esteem

Self-esteem is something we often hear talked about, but it is a complex issue that can be...

Marketing & Online

Five ‘Sure Fire’ Ways To Increase Traffic To Your Site

There are many ways to boost traffic to your website but here, we look at five specific points to...

National blog posting month

November is National Blog Posting Month – and to celebrate this, we are giving you our top tips on...

7 ways to market your new nursery on a small budget

Once you have committed to the idea of opening a day nursery, marketing your setting to parents in...

5 must-do tips to improve your childcare website

Having a website in today’s technological age is a necessity for driving new parents through your...

Get your childcare business social media ready for 2018

As the year draws to a close, now’s the time to give your social media accounts an overhaul to...

Why fresh content can help your website rank higher on Google

Every update you make to your website affects the way search engines interact with and rank your...

10 sure-fire ways to increase enquiries from your website

“Just Google it” is a phrase we hear time and time again when looking for information or the...

What is SEO and why do we need it?

In this article we will look at answering what is SEO and how it works, along with why SEO is...

Why Facebook is the perfect tool to increase your occupancy

In terms of its reach, there’s no doubt that Facebook is one of the social media giants – with...

4 surprising reasons you should enter awards

The NDNA Awards ceremony took place last month and we’re delighted that our very own guest blogger...

5 simple checks to make sure your branding is on track

Your brand is the image of your service that your customers connect with, by recognising your...

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