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30th June 2022

The Power of Play in Early Years: with Alistair Bryce Clegg

With the Childcare and Education Expo North taking place just a stone’s throw away from Connect HQ, we couldn’t resist popping down to Bolton to catch up with our Northern friends in the sector. It was the perfect opportunity for us to discover fellow early years suppliers and catch up with some of the leading…

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23rd June 2022

Music and Neuroscience: What the Music Reveals

Guest blog from Early Years music provider – Boogie Mites Boogie Mites have put years of research into the effects of music on the brain of early years children and along the way have created a strong partnership with the world-renowned neuromusical educator and researcher, Dr Anita Collins.This month, we spoke to Sue Newman, founder…

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12th April 2022

Q&A with June O’Sullivan

Q&A with June O’Sullivan – Recruitment & Retention at the London Early Years Foundation This month, we chatted with June O’Sullivan, an inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on all things Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty. For over 10 years, June O’Sullivan has been instrumental in driving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural…

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7th April 2022

Keeping your team happy and motivated

Guest blog: George Newman, Childcare Marketing It’s George here, the Content Manager at Childcare Marketing. At Childcare Marketing, our business knowledge isn’t limited to marketing. Our experience has taught us many things about running a successful business, so we want to share this insight with you. In this blog, we’re going to uncover the secret…

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7th April 2022

Recruiting high-quality staff in the early years

Guest Blog: Charlotte Goddard Recruitment of high-quality staff in the early years sector was already an issue back in 2012 when Professor Cathy Nutbrown published her landmark review of early education and childcare qualifications. Now, with the added pressure of Covid, recruitment and retention of Level 3 practitioners, in particular, has reached a crisis point…

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29th March 2022

5 minutes with… Sonia Hardy on attracting, retaining, and managing staff

This time we’ve tasked our Chief People Officer, Sonia Hardy, to tell us about attracting, retaining, and managing staff in the childcare sector. Here’s what she had to say…

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22nd March 2022

Working with young children and dogs

Planning and preparing for successful animal-assisted interactions in the early years Guest Blog: Dr Helen Lewis I am an animal lover and have been for as long as I can remember. My childhood was spent enjoying the company of a variety of animals, from newts and frogs to rabbits, horses and dogs. I know that…

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22nd March 2022

‘Ask the Expert’ – My Happy Mind

Our popular blog series ‘Ask the Expert’ provides a platform for all Early Years (EY) professionals, where they can share their experiences and advice with the industry, on their chosen specialist subject. So, whether you’re a policy expert, nutrition specialist, or knowledgeable practitioner, we want to hear from you! This month, we speak to Laura…

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