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Save our staff: child ratios

  • Friday, April 22, 2022
In 2013, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education) Elizabeth Truss decided to pursue a plan to reduce staff:child ratios.

Why the early years must be levelled up without delay

  • Monday, February 28, 2022
With all the fuss about ‘Partygate’ and too many unpleasant images of our Prime Minister being shared by angry, vindictive ex-colleagues – you may have been forgiven for missing the government’s Levelling Up White Paper led by Michael Gove.

Blue monday is not very blue in early years

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022
In a world, which is very focused on wellbeing and how we consider people's sense of wellbeing, it seemed a bit strange to me that 17 January was renamed Blue Monday. A day to be miserable!

A wish for wellness in 2022

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022
2022 has finally arrived and it is also day five of my COVID isolation. I know I am nearly better because the world doesn’t feel like a permanent menopausal hot flush and I can now sleep with two pillows instead to five.

What about the baby?

  • Friday, December 17, 2021
Why now is the time for national leadership and a rescue, recovery and repair plan for the nation’s youngest children.

Ofsted has a big conversation with the London OBC

  • Friday, October 1, 2021
One of the few benefits of Covid-19 was that we learned that we could manage big meetings using technology and there was less reason for people to complain about not being able to attend due to timing, venue or cost.

People are leaving their posts – why must that be?

I recently read a statistic that surprised and shocked me: each year, on average, a third of councils in England change their director of children’s services (DCS). It is surely careless at best and unacceptable and scandalous at worst.

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