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The importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for your staff

The importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for your staff

At this time of year, when GCSEs and A levels are finished, results are out and the focus is on recruiting those who have just completed their education, it can be easy to overlook the importance of improving the knowledge of those already working in your childcare...

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Guest Authors

Guest Authors

How to teach young children friendship skills

Until the age of three, children view a ‘friend’ as whoever they happen to be playing with at the time. However, after that, youngsters start to seek out the company of playmates they play particularly well with. When social scientists looked at what made children...

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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

National Eye Health Week

What would you do if you lost your sight? How would it affect your lifestyle, your independence...

Eczema – nutritional advice and lifestyle tips for your setting

Throughout your career as an early years professional, it is very likely that you will have at...

World Sepsis Day

Sepsis is a major health problem which negatively impacts the lives of many people across the...

National Simplicity Day

When was the last time you stopped to smell the roses?Yesterday? Last week? Or so long ago you...

7 tips for nystagmus success in the classroom

Having just released my book “Can I Tell You About Nystagmus?” I jumped at the chance of being...

Diabetes Week

What comes to mind when you think of diabetes? Older and more obese people? Insulin injections?...

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...

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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