April Roundup 2022
Welcome to the Connect Childcare Monthly Roundup. Each month we deliver a selection of resources and updates to help bring you closer to Connect Childcare. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and invite your networks to join our mailing list.
We’d like to shine a spotlight on our StaffPlan this month.We are all about supporting our sector through the current staffing crisis. You may have already seen our free resources, downloads, and content with industry-leading experts and our recent announcement about the brand new Staffing Hub. As an extension to this, we are offering our customers a FREE trial of the StaffPlan module. You have 1 month to activate your free trial, find out more below.
We have continued to develop our new ‘Big Picture’ reporting feature by creating a Bar Graph Report – this second format has been designed for COETL and all other frameworks. Similarly to the Big Wheel format, this report will be available within the Spotlight area of iConnect and will provide you with an overview of cohort development across all of your cohorts.
This month we want to share our top tips on how you can export data into excel. If you have data that you would like to export for example children’s details or financial information, there is a simple way to do this. Read our Helpdesk articleto find out how.
For more support, take a look at our next training sessions in the totally free, completely remote, Connect Q&As with Charlotte Woods this May.
Last month we launched our sustainability-themed weekly activities. From potting plants to planting seeds to making paper airplanes from old cards, there’s something that everyone can enjoy – sustainably! We even have how-to Tik Toksfor each activity, so make sure you’re following us.
We’re sure that you’ve all been appreciating the lovely Spring sunshine, but have you used it as a new learning opportunity? Spring and summer bring opportunities for outdoor play and experiences for early years children that will be valuable to their development. Try out our Rainbow Activity Guide, or take a look at our Spring Day Trip Ideas for inspiration for your weekend adventures. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Jubilee-themed Resources.
From the sector
This month alongside the launch of our stuffing hub we have been catching up with some of the leaders in the early years sector to gain some insight into how practitioners can navigate the current staffing situation.
About 25,360 nursery jobs are being advertised on Indeed, whereas more than 500,000 childcare jobs are currently listed on Childcare.co.uk. This leads us to the question: “How can my childcare business stay competitive in terms of attracting quality early years practitioners?
Male Childcare and Teaching Jobs have put together a guide to help nurseries, schools and other educational settings to attract and retain new teachers and early years practitioners.