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Countdown to the new education curriculum requirements – the revised Early Years Foundation Stage coming in 2021 – Part 1
Countdown to the new education curriculum requirements – the revised Early Years Foundation Stage coming in 2021 – Part 1

Countdown to the new education curriculum requirements – the revised Early Years Foundation Stage coming in 2021 – Part 1

Where are we now? Change is a part of life. Some would argue that changes are what drives society forward, improving life one small step at a time. In early years and education, we are used to changes; last year the Government made changes to the Ofsted Inspection...

Guest Authors

Guest Authors

The impact of self-reflection in early years

Like many parents (and practitioners) there are times when things go smoothly with my children and then there are other times when I honestly feel like I’m wading through mud. It’s like we go in cycles of things going really well for so long and then all of a...

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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

The National Veg Pledge

This year we have included some articles on the benefits of gardening with children, growing for...

Malnutrition Awareness Week and the need for better nutrition

When we think about malnutrition, what comes to mind often are images from news reports of...

Migraine Awareness Week

At some point in our lives, we have all had a headache, and know how painful and debilitating they...

National Fitness Day

Six months ago, the state of the nation’s fitness industry was looking good. The 2019 State of the...

Raising awareness of sepsis

When a child (or indeed adult) has an infection, the body’s immune system automatically kicks into...

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: be bold, go gold

Imagine having to tell someone that they have cancer, and that they may or may not recover. It...

The lowdown on sunscreen by the Melanoma Fund

The lowdown on sunscreen The summer is here (we think!), and naturally you are keen to spend the...

Mental Health Awareness Week

According to the Mental Health Foundation: • 1 in 6 adults experiences a common mental health...

Take yourself from ‘distress’ to ‘de-stress’ during stress awareness month

Stress. n. “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding...

Talking about difference: profound disability

In our settings, we explore many differences with the children we support: we talk about the...

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s mental health has been the subject of a lot of news coverage in recent years, and there...

Marketing & Online

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?

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...

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