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Last week I gave a seminar at the Nursery World Show about pedagogy, and I particularly referenced the importance of early years teachers being able to name and describe the different types of play. I asked the audience the same question at the Ceeda "About early Years Workforce Roundtable" and the recent BrewEDEy....

For over a decade tech giants have failed to protect their young users. It is a troubling fact that despite the assurances of our politicians that these tech giants are entering the last chance saloon, we are no closer to the regulation and legislation needed to protect our children. We know that...

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) last month revealed knife crime in the year to September 2018 rose by eight per cent to 39,818 offences with 29 out of 43 police forces reporting an increase. Research recently carried out by the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime showed a 56 per cent...

Without public liability insurance, adventure playgrounds can't remain open. For many years, Zurich Insurance has been one of the few providers available, as other companies are unwilling to take the ‘risk' of offering insurance, despite accident rates for playgrounds being far lower than other activities...

To all those colleagues who have worked or are currently working in authorities judged "inadequate" by Ofsted, I salute you! It's a tough place to be, requiring bags of resilience and a steady nerve under relentless scrutiny. All directors of children's services (DCS), irrespective of their Ofsted...

I am not always great at taking my own advice, which in this case is to take a few days away from the office to "think". I have just had that thinking time in Manchester with social enterprise leaders as part of our membership of E3M. Like all good training courses, there was a facilitator who...

Last week, the government published its Domestic Abuse Bill and a suite of related documents. The Bill has been described as a ‘once in a generation' opportunity to tackle the devastating and lifelong impact that domestic abuse can have on victims and their children. I absolutely welcome the government's...

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." - Theodore Roosevelt Many organisations talk about working in partnership. It has become something of a mantra. A call to partnership! However, when you actually ask organisations what they mean...

It looks like it's going to be a busy period for the ADCS standards, performance & inspection (SPI) policy committee. Just before Christmas, Ofsted announced its new themes for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI). These themes, in case you missed them, are going to be early help and prevention, children's...

The turn of the New Year is a time for many to look back at the previous year and also to look ahead to future challenges. I've been considering this recently, whilst thinking about the complexity of working with children, young people and families, and how it's possible to develop a culture where we...