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Did you see that another all-outdoor nursery got Outstanding from Ofsted? It was in a lot of papers, with a very cute picture of a small child with an adult sized saw. Their report shows they are hugely achieving for the children in their care, stating that the children showed extremely high levels...

Dave Hill, ADCS immediate past president, talks persuasively about changing the narrative for children in care. The lazy stereotype that these children are more likely to experience negative outcomes does a disservice to them and the dedicated people working with, and caring for, them. Dave raised this...

This is my first blog as president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS). On Thursday 6 April, I was joined by my family and friends, colleagues and others at the British Medical Association for my presidential inauguration. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent...

Let's be clear, we are not "drowning in a tidal wave of youth violence and knife crime". However, there continues to be irresponsible reporting happening, shaping public opinion and alienating young people in the process. With that said, we can't ignore that youth violence is the third leading cause...

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Loose parts in play

07 April 2017

Playtime is the time most of us actually remember from school. How can loose parts - junk, stuff - help schools make playtime a key part of the school day? Back in the early 1990s I was a primary school teacher. Mostly I was privileged to work with three to six year-olds, but I also got to cover every...

Thursday heralded the inauguration of the new ADCS president Alison Michalska. It was a grand occasion - as always many external friends and officials joined ADCS for the event. Be in no doubt my successor will be awesome! She spoke passionately from the stage in her presidential address about improving...

In 2005, three LEYF nurseries were involved in the Edgeware Road bombings. I still remember it but the strongest memories that stay with me were of the kindness of people, the concern of parents bringing food and blankets for the staff who stayed late into the night and the letter I received from Ken...

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) has published research which demonstrated the experience of children missing from education. Perhaps not surprisingly, the experiences were unremittingly negative - being at school is good for children at a social level as well as providing an education. The research...

It's taken two years, but the UK government has finally enacted a law that will make it illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children. Amazingly, until now police couldn't arrest adults who send sexual communications to young people in England and Wales. The government passed the anti-grooming...

The fall out following the announcement of a new national funding formula (NFF) for schools has been very public and therefore hard to miss. Professional associations, teachers, parents and others have voiced their deep concerns about the impact the planned reforms will have on school budgets (the NAO...