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Reflective Practice vs Reflexive Practice

Reflective practice is an important part of our professional development. It means we look at what went well, what didn’t and this allows us to tweak and amend our approach in the future. Although this practice is necessary, it is quite passive and is done after...

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There’s more to slime than meets the eye…

We have all heard of fiddle toys, and children with “sensory needs,” and there is a dilute understanding amongst educators of the value of such things. Some of us provide our students with them, some of us feel the costs in terms of disruption and clutter in class...

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A good story can be taken anywhere!

Yay summer is here at last and who doesn’t want to take full advantage of those long warm summer days to be outside. Children love all that fresh air but sometimes it’s just too hot to be running around so what better way of helping them to cool down than getting...

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Happy boy in Red Indian's costume reading blanked book, sitting in wigwam in the forest

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

Viral Meningitis Awareness Week

The first full week in May (6th – 12th) is Viral Meningitis Awareness Week. It’s run by the...

The London Marathon and the importance of charity

How do you fancy running 26 miles around the streets of London, dressed as a giant chicken, in...

Sensory Nature Adventures and Play with the Sensory Trust

written by Madeleine Amos For children with disabilities and their families, going out and being...

Can you help treat SAD in children?

Summer is definitely behind us. Unfortunately, as the seasons change, so can some people’s...

How to improve the wellbeing of your staff

January is the time when our thoughts naturally turn from presents, snow and flying reindeer, to...

Dealing with children’s food allergies in your setting

The recent tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic...

8 ways to stay well this winter

It’s that time of year when there’s a noticeable chill in the air and the nights are starting to...

How to survive the return to work after the summer break

After 6 full weeks off to relax and recuperate, heading back to school can be a nerve- wracking...

Keeping children safe in the summer sun

Last month, Britain experienced a heatwave which saw temperatures soar to 34.5 °C in some parts of...

How to do a successful social media detox

Have you thought about what your day-to-day life might be like if you weren’t tied to your phone,...

Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Well, it’s something that we all naturally possess, you just need to be able...

Marketing & Online

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?

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...

Want more showround enquiries from your website? Follow these tips

Building a great childcare website which looks vibrant, professional and inviting to parents is...

Free and effective marketing solutions for your nursery

Getting word of your business ‘out there’ can be tricky, especially if you’re just starting out or...

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