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Is early years trapped in a toxic cycle?

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  • Friday, January 29, 2021
Often, we can find ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. A position we weren’t heading for, a situation unplanned, an ambition unmet, or a place we can’t escape.

Five reasons to extend Kickstart

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  • Monday, January 25, 2021
The government’s Kickstart jobs scheme, which offers funded placements for 16- to 24-years affected by the pandemic is set to end in December.

Care Review must focus on whole systems

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  • Friday, January 22, 2021
The Care Review is an opportunity to look at the entire system and to consolidate the learning we have done since the Children Act 1989. It’s a daunting, but exciting task for Josh and his team.

Come and have a pedagogy chat

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  • Monday, January 18, 2021
On Sunday morning, I had a welcome change from the daily Covid-19 conversation; I met up with Alice Sharp to discuss pedagogy.

Hopes for the future

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  • Monday, January 18, 2021
Starting the new year, I’m sure we are all glad to see the back of 2020 but know that 2021 will continue to be a real challenge.

New beginnings

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  • Monday, January 11, 2021
I confess that I love new beginnings - a new day, week, term or of course new year.

What next in 2021 for early years?

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  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021
I concluded the year steadfastly focusing on the best of 2020. My themes included the advantages of life being smaller, being at home more, and reduced consumption. I also firmly believed there had been a stronger sense of interpersonal connection.

What a year!

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  • Friday, December 18, 2020
It’s traditional that the President writes the last ADCS blog of the year. This year has of course not been what we were anticipating, predicting or indeed ‘traditional’ and certainly not what Rachel would have been thinking about when she wrote her blog this time last year.

Let nature take the strain

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  • Friday, December 18, 2020
As a parent and a governor, and contrary to some national press opinion, I’ve nothing but admiration for the way teachers have kept schools running and pupils learning since September – coping with an endless stream of last minute government guidance changes and meeting the welfare and wellbeing needs of children in the most trying of circumstances.