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  1. Childminder response to the Govt's 'More Affordable Childcare' plan

    Department for Education
    Castle View House
    East Lane
    Runcorn WA7 2GJ

    22 July 2013

    Dear Sirs,

    Re. More Affordable Childcare

    I downloaded a copy of ‘More Affordable Childcare’ with some trepidation, having had a significant number of misgivings about the ‘More Great Childcare’ plan - which I shared at the time in my document which analysed every point made in the plan. I had hoped that the Government, Department ...
  2. Ofsted - Getting it right first time

    Ofsted - Getting it right first time: Achieving and maintaining high-quality early years provision

    July 2013

    The focus of this document is - getting children ready for school... using the early years to build ‘a secure foundation for future personal and academic success’ (Wilshaw, pg 3). To effectively prepare children for school, all early years providers including childminders must have -
    • High expectations for every child
    • Strong communication ...
  3. Tax information webinar - 06.2013

    I took part in an interesting HMRC webinar recently.

    They didn’t tell us much that we don’t already know – but it was good to have a few points clarified. We were also given some useful links to places to find information which I will add to this document –

    Starting work as a childminder
    You must register as self employed as soon as you start advertising for work by filling in form CWF1 –

    Registration ...
  4. CPD - Leadership

    #EYTalking - Tuesday 25th June 2013

    Subject - Leadership in the early years

    #EYTalking is a Twitter group which meets on Tuesday nights from 8 - 9 pm. Discussion topics vary and members of the group dip in and out week by week. Anyone with an interest in early years is welcome to join in and offer their thoughts, information and experience.

    The topic this week was leadership. In a group setting such as a nursery, there is a clear chain of leadership – ...
  5. CPD - Safeguarding and Child Protection

    #EYTalking - Tuesday 4th June 2013 - 8 - 9 pm

    Subject - Safeguarding and Child Protection

    Essential documentation
    Every EYFS provision must have access to a copy of the document ‘Working together to safeguard children’ -

    There is a précis of ‘Working together to Safeguard Children’ document from NSPCC here - ...
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