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6th March 2024

Free Webinar- Managing the 2024 Nursery Funding Expansion

As we approach the government’s expanded offer for two-year-olds, nursery providers find themselves at a crucial point. The looming uncertainty surrounding nursery places has left many early years settings grappling with challenges such as meeting demand, expanding services, and navigating financial constraints. A recent survey conducted by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) sheds light…

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22nd February 2024

Connect Childcare is delighted to announce the launch of our latest guide — Preparing for Ofsted

The often ‘dreaded’ phone call from Ofsted to arrange its next visit can result in an instant cause of panic and stress among nursery providers. And, while it’s the outcome of the ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ ratings that should be of the utmost importance, it’s no surprise that senior leadership teams experience varying levels of anxiety…

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26th September 2023

Preparing for an Early Years Ofsted Inspection: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Part 4 of the insider interview with Julia Maynard, Childcare Director of Happy Orkids Ltd Welcome back to our ongoing series, ‘Preparing for an Early Years Ofsted Inspection.’ In this latest article, Julia Maynard, Childcare Director of Happy Orkids, explains the importance of leadership and management in the context of an Ofsted inspection. Join us…

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4th September 2023

Preparing for an Early Years Ofsted Inspection: Understanding the Curriculum

Part 3 of the insider interview with Julia Maynard, Childcare Director of Happy Orkids Ltd Welcome to our latest article in our ‘Preparing for an Early Years Ofsted Inspection’ series. Throughout this blog, Julia Maynard, Ofsted Inspector and Childcare Director of Happy Orkids explores a topic of great importance for early years education – understanding…

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22nd August 2023

Preparing for an Early Years Ofsted Inspection: The Learning Walk

Part 2 of the insider interview with Julia Maynard, Childcare Director of Happy Orkids Ltd In the realm of early years education, the quality of provision plays an essential role in shaping the foundation for a child’s learning journey. To ensure that early years settings maintain high standards, regulatory bodies like Ofsted conduct inspections where…

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8th August 2023

Preparing for an Early Years Ofsted Inspection: Receiving the Call

Part 1 of the insider interview with Julia Maynard, Childcare Director of Happy Orkids Ltd. We recently sat down with Julia Maynard, Childcare Director of Happy Orkids Ltd. Julia has accumulated a wealth of experience in early education, and she is excited to share her knowledge with you in a five-part series that covers everything…

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30th May 2023

Effective Ways To Improve Employee Engagement in the Early Years

Today we are going to discover some of the key effective ways to improve employee engagement at your nursery, and ensure that your team feels valued and happy within their role.

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28th March 2023

Data Security and Nursery Management Software – What Nursery Managers Need to Know

While data security’s importance is widely recognised, it’s a (let’s face it, quite dry) topic that’s rarely talked about openly. We’re here to change that.

We want to start vital conversation about this topic, that’s accessible, honest and engaging! (Yes, really!)

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