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Have I Got The Power to Make a Difference ? (available to visitors)

by June O'Sullivan MBE in Leadership and Management

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

You must do the things you think you cannot do.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 -1962

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Observations of staff (Part 1) (available to visitors)

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

We talk often in early years about developing practitioners’ observation skills. We are attuned to observing children to help us assess progress and plan further developments (Machan 2016). Working with the Development Matters guidance (2012) we can begin to quantify children’s attainment. The age/stage descriptors give us pointers about where children are ‘at’ developmentally and using the refinements emerging, developing and secure we can fine tune our professional judgement us make accurate, individualised judgements of each child. As managers, studying the individualised judgements of different groups of children enables us to see how children are achieving in relation to the rest of their peers. 

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SSTEW Scale (Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being) - in practice

by Vicki Smith in Leadership and Management

At this year’s NDNA conference Denise Kingston, co-writer of the SSTEW scale, led a session to explain the scale, how it can be used and how it can positively impact on practice. The scale can be used to assess the quality of interactions between adults and children in early childhood education and care. It builds further on the ITERS and ECERS (Environment Rating Scales). The SSTEW scales are used to observe and evaluate adult-child interactions alongside the planning and organisation of learning spaces. This method enables the observer to consider the impact of the adult role. Whereas, with ITERS and ECERS the focus is solely on the environment offered to children. SSTEW also encourages consideration of how we plan to ensure meaningful learning takes place. A key focus of the SSTEW scale is the acknowledgement of the importance of the practitioner’s role within early education. It demands that we focus on the valuable work adults can do scaffolding children’s learning when reviewing how well children are progressing. The SSTEW scale is already being used effectively within studies in settings in Australia and New Zealand.

 

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Delivering the 30 hours (meeting notes)

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

These are my meeting notes from the NDNA South East regional meeting that I attended on 12th October. They are not official and I won’t have captured everything …but NDNA members can download all the slides and the official notes from the NDNA website – I am not able to copy them here for you.

There were two presentations about the 30 hours funding – one was from the London Borough of Newham, representing the Local Authority. The other speaker was a nursery manager from Swindon. Both were part of the ‘Early Implementer’ project and so have been running with the project since the start of September.

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Review of NDNA annual conference 2016 (available to visitors)

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

NDNA conference

Last week FSF HQ headed up the M1 to attend the NDNA conference in Milton Keynes. We attended a range of talks in the Leadership stream – here are the headlines we picked out …

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The day of the inspection part 2

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

In this article Rebecca talks to Justine about the 'joint observation' and the 'leadership and management' aspects of the inspection.

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The day of the inspection part 1

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

This is the second part of our conversation with inspectors. In this part, Justine explains to us how she begins her inspections. She tells us about she uses observations and documents provided by the setting to secure her inspection judgements.

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Preparing for inspections, the inspectors' view

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

Part 1 in a series of articles detailing the inspection process as it is 'in real life'. We have input from current inspectors as well as from recently inspected practitioners and managers. We debunk some myths and put the facts out there for you to discuss.

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Recommendations for Leadership and Management (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Aiming for outstanding? Here are the recommendations from over 100 Ofsted reports to help you on the way!

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Victoria Derbyshire discusses 30 hours funding (available to visitors)

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

"Childcare is at the centre of political debate" Jenny Chapman MP shadow childcare minister

 

... and quite rightly so say FSF  

 

The 30 hours funding is a hot potato at the moment and Victoria Derbyshire discussed it at length on her BBC2 programme 

 

Here are the key points from that discussion.

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Safeguarding is effective: day to day safeguarding (available to visitors)

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

In this series of articles, we have so far looked at making sure that your premises are safe for children to use and we have considered the steps you should take to help you ensure that all of your staff are suitable to work with children.

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Safeguarding is effective: safe staff

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

 

As manager you will most likely be the lead practitioner for Safeguarding’ however, it does not have to be you.

 

 

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Documents relating to safeguarding articles (available to visitors)

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

These are the safeguarding documents referred to in the new safeguarding articles.

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Safeguarding is effective: safe premises

by Rebecca in Leadership and Management

“Safeguarding is effective”

In terms of your Ofsted report this is the phrase you need to have. Without it, however good your learning and development is, your setting will be judged at best ‘Requires Improvement’

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Early Years Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector

by The Foundation Stage Forum in Leadership and Management

Ofsted published their first report on the early years sector in April 2014. This year’s report, published in July 2015, includes some very interesting statistics and discusses issues highly relevant to all providers. If you don’t have time to read the document in full, here are the highlights.

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Early Years Teacher Status (2014) what are the implications of the upgrades?

by Kathy Brodie in Leadership and Management

Since the Early Years Professional Status was established in 2007 it has undergone a number of transformations. Some of them have been quite minor, such as the number of tasks you have to perform all whether you could have witness statements or not, but there have also been some more significant changes.

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Are You Ready for Your Joint Observation? Observing Practice under the OfSTED Inspection Framework

by Ruksana Mohammed in Leadership and Management

Joint observations have now become a must under OfSTED’s early years inspection framework. Inspectors have found that evidence gained through the joint observations with senior staff is proving to be extremely valuable and has provided them with an excellent opportunity to assess how well leaders and managers monitor staff performance. So how do you go about preparing for the joint observation, and how do you reassure your staff?

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A Guide for EYP Work-based Mentors

by in Leadership and Management

Ruksana Mohammed outlines an effective framework of support to EYPS candidates through the work-based mentor. Her suggestions, however, would be of great use to anyone supporting students on a variety of courses, for example Foundation Degrees, and the upcoming Early Years Teacher courses starting September 2013. Ruksana is the EYPS Programme Leader and a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London.

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Being an EYP Change Agent

by in Leadership and Management

Ruksana Mohammed, EYPS programme leader and lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London, outlines the qualities and methods of a successful agent for change. EYPs are entrusted to identify what change is valuable, worthwhile and in need of improving, and to then lead the team on to better practice. However, when discussing this concept with trainee EYPs, it normally brings about a confused dialogue; A change agent? What's that then? What change?

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The New Ofsted Inspection Framework

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Summarising the revised inspection framework documents, we include reflective questions and some useful proformas for you to use in evaluating your provision in the light of the new framework.

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New Professionals, New Leaders?

by Carol Aubrey in Leadership and Management

Carol Aubrey, Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick, describes the outcomes of a project with early years leaders, including a discussion on the various styles of leadership they exhibit and suggestions on how best to support EYPs.

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Recent Ofsted reports: What have inspectors focused on? (Part 1)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Having studied over 100 Ofsted reports from the last three months, we can see certain recurrent themes. In a series of four articles we outline those issues that have appeared frequently and our first article looks at recommendations and descriptions of good practice within the EYFS theme of

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Recent Ofsted Reports: What Have Inspectors Focused On? (Part 2)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

In our second of four articles looking at recent Ofsted reports, we outline those issues that have appeared frequently over the last three months. Here we examine the recommendations and descriptions of good practice within the EYFS theme of Positive Relationships.

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The Route to EYPS (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

A candidate describes the process to EYPS via the validation route.

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The Route to EYPS (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Part 2: The group task and interview.

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The Route to EYPS (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Part 3: The Gateway Review

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The Route to EYPS (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Part 4: The written tasks

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The Route to EYPS (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Part 5: The setting visit

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Managing your People Risks

by Karen Harrison in Leadership and Management

Running or owning a business involves taking responsibility for the staff who work for you - this article describes ways to mitigate the risks associated with this.

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Recent Ofsted Reports: What have Inspectors Focused On? (Part 4) (available to visitors)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

The final part of our series on recent Ofsted reports. In this article we look at inspectors' recommendations and judgements around the EYFS theme of Learning and Development.

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Peer Observation

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

Peer observation can be such a useful tool in developing the skills of all members of staff, and if introduced correctly, can be instrumental in building a supportive practitioner learning community, striving to improve provision.

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Recent Ofsted Reports: What Have Inspectors Focused On? (Part 3)

by Helen Edwards in Leadership and Management

In our third of four articles looking at recent Ofsted reports, we outline those issues that have appeared frequently over the last three months. Here we examine the recommendations and descriptions of good practice within the EYFS theme of Enabling Environments.

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