Mental Health Awareness

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – so I thought I would share something that has been on my mind over the weekend. At the West Midlands Ofsted Big Conversation on Friday, a question was put to the panel about staff mental health and where do settings stand if staff are suffering with depression – is…

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Early Years Champions

A little under a year ago, I made a huge decision. To leave my role as an EY manager and go it alone. My role as an EY manager was more than job, it has been my everything for over six years. I referred to the childcare setting that I had established and nurtured for…

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Outdoor wishes

Back in March on a rare and gloriously sun soaked Wednesday morning, down an old country lane, deep in the Warwickshire countryside, is a small woodland. This woodland has been prepared for expectant visitors and so it came to be, that tables had been set – complete with picnic blankets as table cloths, and the…

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Imagine this…

Imagine this, you’ve been struggling to pick up the knack of using the new iPads at work. No matter how many times you have seen others inputting an observation in and linking to every possible learning intention known to man and creating 175 next steps. You cannot get to grips with it. Sometimes you wish…

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Enabling Environments

So I casually walked into one of the play rooms at The Old School House Day Nursery in Tamworth this morning and felt a pang of wow! I’m not sure what a pang of wow is – but when you see the pictures, I hope you can understand my description – maybe ‘pang of wow’ will catch on? It’s not…

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International Women’s Day

On the lead up to International Women’s Day 2018 I began to think about the profession that I have been working in for over twenty years since leaving school. A profession that is notably and largely dominated by women, who work tirelessly to raise educate and shape future generations. It struck me how despite the enormity of our role and…

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