Archive for category Early Years

The Carousel or the Chimney: Where is the Minister?

As we count down to the Christmas break which will start for us on Christmas Eve (hopefully at 4pm) I had a look over the year and then I went further back and lawks what did I find? Early Years is a carousel my friends, come to the carousel….   Back in 2002 I was […]

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Dear Colleagues, it’s time we finally took control.

Our Minister has done us a favour, although she may not have realised it. She has thrown down the gauntlet by challenging the sector, so now we need to take control of our own destiny. Her ill-informed and contradictory facts beg us to tell our story, so every individual – especially parents – is left […]

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An inspector calls… and the sector arrives to listen and ponder.

On Friday morning I traipsed up to Camden to hear Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills announce his plans for Early Years at a Press Conference. I was determined to hear it from him directly, given the realities of what is happening on the ground at the moment. […]

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